Cinthia Marcelle’s “A morta” at The Watts Institute

(San Francisco, USA)

“A morta” is Cinthia Marcelle’s new solo commission, held at The Watts Institute, in San Francisco. The exhibition, open from November 26th until January 18th, was curated by Kim Nguyen and organized by Leila Grothe. The work was developed in partnership with aarea.com and it received support from the gallery’s Leadership Circle and Curator’s Forum.

Marcelle’s piece transforms the gallery, as explained in the exhibition’s release, “into a temporary radio station and stage, inviting the public to participate in live programming in the gallery and via an online platform”. Not only activated by the public, but the 24-hour station is also used to play multiple programs of different areas, such as DJ sets, lectures, comedy and news.

The artwork is structured around Oswald de Andrade’s 1937 play, “A morta”, which means “The Dead Woman”. In this text, Andrade, the Brazilian artist and poet, investigates the relationship between theatre, life and death, using theatre metaphors to communicate an essential impulse toward change, and the play “considers the social implications of an artist’s relationship to art and the desire to re-engage art in the conflicts of everyday life” (release). Like the play, the installation created by Marcelle reflects the artists own questions concerning her work in the scenario of rising social inequality caused by political and economic crises happening in Brazil – the artist’s home country – and across the world.

“A morta”, solo exhibition by Cinthia Marcelle
From November 26th, 2019, until January 18th, 2020

The Watts Institute
360 Kansas Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Tues – Sat, from 12pm to 6pm, closed Sunday & Monday



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