OPAVIVARÁ! makes their debut show “Bevete Più Latte” (Drink More Milk) with Magazzino Gallery in Rome, Italy. The art collective from Rio de Janeiro created a liquid proposal inspired by the title of the famous episode from the Italian film “Boccaccio ’70” directed by Federico Fellini. Named “Le Tentazioni del Dottor Antonio”, in the episode Antonio Mazzuolo, played by Peppino de Filippo, is a rigid and censorious man in his conservative conventions, and he is deeply disturbed by the female body. He, then, develops a noxious relationship with a huge advertisement billboard of Anita Ekberg.
To OPAVIVARÁ!, as explained in the exhibition’s release, milk becomes a rhetorical figure mixed in a collage in which popular and contemporary culture, industrial and recycling materials – characteristic of the Brazilian group’s practice -, find their space. The figure of Lupa Capitolina, the female wolf feeding Romulus and Remus that depicts the legend of the founding of Rome, is reformulated in many versions through objects that are present in our most daily and intimate practices. The works in the show are arranged both inside and outside of the gallery and invite the public to draw, physically, from an experience and it’s inebriating fluids.
As the artists wrote and as shared on Magazzino’s webpage, “Everything that flows on the skin, as a frontier of the body, up to our intestines, is a kind of invocation to a sensory unit, a fusion with other bodies, becoming other bodies”. The goal of the artists is to stimulate this circulation, which is both personal and social, with the “aim to circulate inside and outside ourselves, through the city arteries and veins, sharing our desires while opening new possibilities of being together. It’s a show to see, to touch, to drink and to come. Just as you are”. The show is accompanied by a critical text written by Bernardo de Souza, freelance art critic and curator.
“Bevete Più Latte”, solo show by OPAVIVARÁ!
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