(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The artistic path trailed by Lucia Laguna, PIPA Prize nominee in 2011 and 2015, is quite an unusual one. Born in a small town in the North of the state of Rio de Janeiro, she worked as a school teacher until she was 52 years old. It was only after she retired that, enrolling in the Visual Arts School of Parque Lage (EAV), she started painting. Laguna rapidly became something of a phenomenon in the arts world, exhibiting her works in renowned institutions from around the globe. “While I drink the water, the water drinks me”, which opens tomorrow, November 29th, is the latest addition to this list: curated by Clarissa Diniz and Cadu, PIPA Prize 2013 winner, this is her first time at the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), one of the spotlights of the newly revitalized Praça Mauá in Rio de Janeiro.
Reciprocity is a key concept to the show, as its title suggests. After all, exchange is a primal component to Laguna’s creative process: her paintings are all made together with a team of assistants, nowadays composed by Lucia Sumara Rouff, Cláudio Santos, Cláudio Tobinaga and Davi Baltar. The group is responsible for, following Laguna’s orientation, painting the first layers of her artworks; she then finishes them up. As Jailton Moreira, author of the introductory text, puts it, this demand for continuous interaction culminates in a system where “permeability is a requirement, and improvise is the answer”.
The show brings together almost thirty artworks produced from 2004 to 2016, and combines themes such as the everyday life in the city, for which Laguna first started to get recognition, and oriental references. For Oliveira, the result of this mix of inspirations and subjects is a group of paintings where conflict is eternal, unlike what a first reading of the name of the exhibition might suggest: “it’s suffice to contemplate the paintings to realize that this peacefulness is only conquered thanks to a never ending struggle – a daily construction and deconstruction achieved through each strike of the brush.”
“While I drink the water, the water drinks me” is on view until February next year. The show’s opening, which goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, features at 3 p.m. an open talk with the curators, Cadu and Clarissa Diniz, regarding the curatorial process of the exhibition.
“While I drink the water, the water drinks me”, by Lucia Laguna
Curated by Cadu and Clarissa Diniz
From November 29th, 2016 to February 26th, 2017
Opening: November 29th, 10 a.m. (open talk with the curators at 3 p.m.)
Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR)
Praça Mauá, 5 – Centro
T: (21) 3031-2741
Funcionamento: seg—dom, 10h às 18h