(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once stated that “you could not step twice into the same river”. Antonia Dias Leite, PIPA Prize 2012 nominee, seems to agree. Her newest solo show, “Eterno Retorno” [Perpetual Return] opens this Saturday, December 17th, at Paço Imperial and delves into the everlasting transitoriness of the world. A flow marked by the collision of the real and the surreal, “in a steady process of creation, destruction and renewal”, as put by Fabiano Post in the introductory text to the exhibition.
The works on view are all part of the same series, developed over the last two years. The first room of the exhibition accommodates its photographic part, introducing ten images that preface the video installation screened in the second room. Protected by a velvet curtain, the installation proposes an immersive experience to its viewer features a soundtrack developed by Dias Leites herself. The creative process of the series was described by the photographer as “a visual research on the relationship between the material and the ethereal. Its narrative was inspired by the works of the unconscious, where images connect to each other in a free, fluid association”.
Other four solo shows open at Paço Imperial concomitantly to “Eterno Retorno”: “Pintura”, by Marina Saleme; “…de propriedades quase musicais, no espaço em que se movem os viventes”, by Ana Muglia; “Passagens//Transferências”, by Alexandre Sá; and “Pequenas Gravidades”, by Daisy Xavier. Like Dias Leite, Xavier too has been nominated to PIPA Prize. Here, she organizes a retrospective show on the last 15 years of her career, presenting over 70 artworks split between sculptures, drawings, paintings and photos.
See some of the artworks on view at “Eterno Retorno”:
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