PIPA and Camden Sentido – Luiza Baldan and Daniel Beerstecher

PIPA Institute, in partnership with Camden Sentido, will be exhibiting an online screening programme, curated by Luiz Camillo Osorio, under the theme ‘Brazil, one country, many worlds’. Ten artists were selected and their works are going to be shown in pairs in accordance to the same topic as described below by Camillo. The screenings, exclusive to our website, will be on view throughout the months of June to October.

This first screening will feature the works Hexa, by Luiza Baldan and Mas Continua a vida…” by Daniel Beerstecher.

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‘Brazil ­one country, many worlds’

The issue of a Brazilian identity is a very problematic one. From colonialism to postmodernism what has been Brazil’s main features is its diversity and its adversity. It is a continental country mixing mega­cities as São Paulo with a gigantic forest as the Amazon. There co­exists, in conflict and tension, many different religions, ethnicities, skin colours, cultural backgrounds. In this critical moment, where the social, economical and political crisis has grown, it is up for artists to be the voice of resistance, bringing to the fore our diverse adversity. For curatorial objectivity, there were selected four topics (under the main idea of one country, many worlds / diversity, adversity) with a selection of two artists in each of them: 1 post­coloniality and altermodernity ; 2 ­ religion and politics; 3­ tropicalism and gender; 4 ­ social conflict and class issues in a fractured society. ­
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Luiza Baldan “Hexa”, 2009. Duration: 1’29’’.

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Daniel Beerstecher, “Mas Continua a vida….”, 2014. Duration: 4’55”.

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Introduced by Luiz Camillo Osorio.

“Hexa” by Luiza Baldan and “Mas continua a vida…” (But life goes on…) by Daniel Beerstecher, explain and explore some of the dilemmas encountered in the process of constructing a Brazilian identity at the intersection between a crushed modernity and a forgotten nature. The multiplication of historical times, the manipulation of heterogeneous sensibilities, and the contrast between what is seen and what is heard, run through these two videos.
In “Hexa” by Luiza Baldan, an essential detail of modern Brazilian architecture – latticework – seals off the field of vision and prevents us from seeing what is outside, which only enters through the sonorous cracks and energy that passes through sounds and bodies. The Afonso Eduardo Reidy apartment complex, known as the Pedregulho (boulder), depicted in its architectural detail in this video, forms part of a modernist utopia that endeavours to combine aesthetic quality with popular appeal. Political neglect has ruined the utopia, leaving only the diffuse energy of the bodies and fragments of the architecture.
Mas continua a vida… by the German artist resident in Brazil, Daniel Beerstecher, explores the exuberance of tropical nature set against the backdrop of German narration of the massacre suffered by Brazil in the 2014 World Cup. The megalomaniac dream of the ‘country of football’, whose ambition to host the World Cup and Olympics through unedifying political deals, ended up producing an economic and political crisis whose most tragic consequence was the tsunami of mud from the burst steelworks dam that engulfed many small towns in the Brazilian southeast, killing people, animals, forests and rivers en route to the Atlantic Ocean. The tragedy of the Maracanã that we hear in this narration in the video, in an unpolluted landscape, hinted indirectly at the tragedy of Mariana: the artist continues to be an antenna that metaphorically captures what is to come.
In these two videos, the dream and the nightmare coexist, and Brazil is there inside them.

Luiz Camillo Osorio (Curator of PIPA Institute, former Chief ­Curator of MAM-­Rio and Director of the Philosophy Department at PUC-­Rio).

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Luiza Baldan has a PhD and MA in Visual Languages from UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and a BFA degree from Florida International University (Miami, USA). In 2012, the artist published the book “São Casas” and as of 2016, is currently participating in the Photography Collectors Club at MAM-São Paulo. Baldan is a professor at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Daniel Beerstecher’s work, whether in video, photographic, installation, or object form, has as its starting point in collage. He associates environments with objects displaced from their original, predictable contexts, and thus builds new layers of meaning by exploring the absurd. Beerstecher moved to Brazil four years ago; since then, he has developed projects that combine his interest in nature with insights from experiences in metropolises such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

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PIPA Institute in partnership with Camden Sentido will be exhibiting a curated online screening programme, exclusive to our website, throughout the months of June to October. View the complete release schedule.

Camden Sentido is an annual arts programme hosted by the Borough of Camden (London, UK). To coincide with the 2016 Rio Para/Olympics and the São Paulo Art Biennale, this year Camden will highlight all things Brazil. Camden Market will be home to a central programme which includes performances, gigs, talks, exhibitions and workshops by partners including Central Saint Martin’s, Wembley to Soweto Foundation, Mais Um Disco, Walls on Walls, Argent and Camden Tour Guides. Camden Sentido will also produce projects in partnership with Roundhouse, Latitude, PIPA and Frieze London.

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