Without aiming to establish a portrait of Brazil, ‘Knife in the flesh’, at the Padiglioni d’Arte Contemporanea, in Milan, Italy, tries to echo some analysis regarding Brazilian political and social conflicts. Referencing Plínio Marcos’s theatre play, the art gallery invited 30 artists (including Berna Reali, Cinthia Marcelle, Sofia Borges, Jonathas de Andrade, Iole de Freitas, Clara Ianni, Maurício Ianês, André Komatsu and Runo Lagomarsino) from the country to expose artworks produced since the 1970’s, during dictatorship years. There are also new works and performances which express racial, cultural and violent national issues.
The curator, Jacopo Crivelli Visconti denies that the exposition has any paternalistic or condescending pretention. However, he claims that authoritarian governments are discussed, since this is commonly experienced into developing countries. Hence, what ‘Knife in the flesh’ purposes is that visitors think politics beyond the widespread line, metaphorically ‘into the skin’.
‘Knife in the flesh’, including Berna Reali, Cinthia Marcelle, Sofia Borges, Jonathas de Andrade, Iole de Freitas, Clara Ianni, Maurício Ianês, André Komatsu and Runo Lagomarsino, Paloma Bosquê, Daniel de Paula, Ivan Grilo, Tamar Guimarães, Ana Mazzei, Regina Parra, Vijai Patchineelam, Luiz Roque, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Curatorship Jacopo Crivelli Visconti
July 3rd to September 9th, 2018
Padiglioni d’Arte Contemporanea
Via Palestro, 14 20122, Milan, Italy
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