Alice Miceli and Marcelo Cidade participate in the group show “BASTA!”

(New York, USA)

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery presents, from 5th May until 15th July, the group show “BASTA!” with Alice Miceli and Marcelo Cidade. The exhibition focuses on current artistic practices coming out of Latin America – especially those dealing with the interplay of art and life addressing harsh aspects of reality.


In a time when we are shocked by images of worldwide atrocities, we should ask where does the horror of the spectacle stop. For many artists, the challenging dilemma is how do they present brutality in the visual arts without adding more terror to it. In order to expose existing mechanisms of injustice, violence, and inequality, the Latin American artists featured in Basta! bring their own experiences and responses to diverse forms of crime, brutality, and exploitation. By blurring the lines between legality and illegality, crime and justice, they are interested in the effects of the remains of violence. Their practices can be viewed as a remembrance of horrific deeds, an act against indifference and forgetting brutality. They follow the traces and vestiges left by violence, so the reminiscences of the events don’t disappear. In most cases they are torn between the desire to depict traumatic events, and the recognition that it is not possible to render them in fullness by its mere visual representation.

“In Depth (landmines) / Colombian Series” is a photographic series by Alice Micelithat includes, by means of its structure, the excluded space. It is both the action of going across the minefield and the visual result stemming from this sequence of vantage points; respectively, both the proposition of a performative movement, that of my own body off-screen, and an exploration of what penetrating such spaces means for the image. Each photograph denotes a step further into the physical depth of the field; a movement that is, on its turn, translated into the image’s own perspective, creating a visual narrative with which to experience this trek – the effective topography of a land where space, positioning and movement lay interconnected, embedded in the images.

In the series “A___________ social” [The social ___________], from 2015, Marcelo Cidade presents a collection of images gathered from the internet that shows households intrusion attempts. In the images, awkward robbers appear stuck in architectural elements such as windows, fireplaces and gates. Under each screen print, Cidade adds aphorisms taken from the text “social architecture, three critical looks”, by Luis Santiago Baptista, Joaquim Moreno and Fredy Massad, where the authors articulate key aspects of the social implications of architecture in a world in crisis and conflict. Cidade finally removes the term “Social Architecture” of each axiom, leaving in its place a line like that to be filled by the observer.

Partipating artists: Iván Argote (Colombia), Marcelo Cidade (Brazil), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Aníbal Lopez (Guatemala), Teresa Margolles (Mexico), José Carlos Martinat (Peru), Yucef Merhi (Venezuela), Alice Miceli (Brazil), Mondongo (Juliana Laffitte and Manuel Mendanha -Argentina), Moris (Mexico), Armando Ruiz (Colombia), Giancarlo Scaglia (Peru), Javier Téllez (Venezuela), and Juan Toro (Venezuela).

The opening will follow the symposium: Art and Violence in Latin America Today
in the Moot Court at John Jay College

Thursday, May 5, 2016
from 3:00-6:00pm

Estrellita Brodsky, Gustavo Buntinx, Claudia Calirman, Cecilia
Fajardo-Hill, Gabriela Rangel, Isabela Villanueva, and artists
Mondongo and Javier Tellez

“Basta!”, group show with Alice Miceli and Marcelo Cidade
Curated by Claudia Calirman and Isabela Villanueva
Opening: 5th May
On view through 15th July
Free admission

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West 59th Street at 11th Avenue, New York, NY
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