We start today a new Institute and PIPA Prize project, “Closer to PIPA: the artist speaks in the Institute collection”. Every fifteen days we will select an art piece that was acquired by the Institute and ask the artist to talk a little bit about the work: be it the creative process; the ideia behind the piece; how it connects with the artist’s production; or any other aspect the person would like to share. The idea is to bring the audience closer to the artist’s universe and to the “Displacement” collection by PIPA Institute, which was established in 2010 to support, help document and promote the development of Brazilian Contemporary Art, and which has the Prize as one of its initiatives.
This series’ debute artist is André Griffo, who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, holds a degree in Architecture and Urbanism and has been working in Visual Arts since 2009. Among his works, we chose “Forced Approach”, 2018, oil and acrylic on canvas, 194 x 290 cm. Check out bellow the reflection Griffo sent us and then the painting:
“In Brazil, freedom of belief and of worship was ensured by the 1890 constitution. The decree made the secularity of state official by revoking the Imperial Constitution that made the Catholic Religion official. Even after this change, the relationship between groups of different beliefs continued to be marked by colonial conducts that went against principles of freedom and tolerance established by the new law. This historical conflict has been intensifying in the last years to the point where, in 2017, in Rio de Janeiro’s City Hall, political representatives of conservative Christian groups tried to organize legal ways to ban Afro-religious demonstrations in public places.
The images of Christian saints and the elements of Candomblé cults, which make up this painting, symbolically carry the rites and values of two religious groups, whose forced approach during the colonization process originated a new society that, although mixed, is structured by a segregation culture”.
To know more about the PIPA Institute collection, visit the Institute’s website here.
Check out details of the artwork bellow (click on the images to expand):