Art Basel OVR: Pioneers, the sixth edition of Art Basel’s online viewing rooms, will take place between March 24 and 27th in a completely virtual environment. This edition is dedicated to artists who have broken new ground in terms of their aesthetics, conceptual approach, socio-political themes, and use of mediums. 100 galleries from 25 countries and territories will be participating in this edition, and among them are 5 Brazilian galleries as part of the Latitude Project – Platform for Brazilian Art Galleries Abroad, a partnership between ABACT (Associação Brasileira de Arte Contemporânea) and Apex-Brasil (Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos). The 5 Brazilian galleries are Bergamin & Gomide, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Galeria Nara Roesler, Galeria Luisa Strina and Mendes Wood DM.
Check out bellow a bit about what will be presented by some of them, according to the release shared by the Associação Brasileira de Arte Contemporânea (Brazilian Association of Contemporary Art):
Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel will present a dialogue between Jac Leirner and Leda Catunda. As rising stars in the 1980s Leda Catunda and Jac Leirner broke new ground, incorporating cultural systems and products as raw materials into their work. Since then they have stood as references to generations of artists.
Galeria Luisa Strina‘s presentation has, as a starting point, paintings by Cildo Meireles made in the 80’s, highlighting a little studied facet of his pioneering: the investigation about African heritage in Brazil. In contrast to these works, there are two pieces by Panmela Castro, who problematizes gender and race policies in her research, which is always from a personal and confessional point of view, sharing her experience as a black woman artist from a marginalized background.
Mendes Wood DM presents a solo project of the Brazilian artist Paulo Nazareth with works from the series “Bestiary of Capital” (2019). With a practice focused in freedom and equality values and with a humorous and heterodox approach of dense themes, for over a decade the artist has been at the forefront of the national cultural conversation on environmental preservation, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the question of race in Brazil, the Americas, and Europe. The exploitation and commodification of the natural world is another theme brought up in his works. In “Bestiary of Capital” the artist questions nature’s exploitation and the transformation of life into a commodity. (You can access the gallery preview here).
To know more about the art fair and to visit the online viewing room from March 25th, which is when it will be opened to the public, click here.