(Rio de Janeiro, RJ)
Last week, on Thursday, September 1st, we had the opening of the Awarded Artists PIPA 2022 and Recent Acquisitions: PIPA Institute Collection exhibitions, at Paço Imperial, in Rio de Janeiro.
During the event, Luiz Camillo Osorio, curator of the PIPA Institute, was joined by many visitors for a guided visit of both exhibitions. The attentive and interested public was able, in the Terreirinho room, to learn more about the idea behind and the history of the Prize and the Institute; to keep up with the changes implemented in recent editions and to hear about the works on display, which were commissioned and acquired in the last years. Those are works by contemporary Brazilian artists that are part of PIPA Prize’s history: Eduardo Berliner, Leticia Ramos, Romy Pocztaruk, Ilê Sartuzi, Denilson Baniwa and Isael Maxakali. The PIPA Institute collection can be visited on http://www.institutopipa.com/. Romy, who has 5 works in the exhibition, was there on the opening day and talked about the series “The Last Adventure, Fordlândia” and “Red Sand I”.
In the Terreiro room, the guided tour with Camillo about the Awarded Artists exhibition was carried out with Coletivo Coletores, Josi and Vitória Cribb, who shared their work and research themes with the public. Since 2020, the Prize’s exhibition is no longer competitive. This show is a celebration of these four artists being chosen as winners of the edition. Thus, the four share the Terreiro space with juxtaposed works, positioned in order to highlight the possible permeabilities and increasing their power as a whole. Without a rigid expography, they create a space together in a free and fluid way, with the exhibition being written by several hands.
The Coletivo Coletores, formed by Flávio Camargo and Toni Baptiste, addressed issues of space dispute, explaining that the duo seeks to occupy the city and think about the relationships that are built in these places, taking the city both as a medium and as a theme for the work they do. As Flávio pointed out, “It (the city) happens within the work, just as it is the very focus of the work. It is the central theme, but also the place where it happens and where it can be developed”. The duo explores the idea of memory, especially its erasures, creating works with different media, such as videomapping – a technique with which the Coletivo made an intervention on the facade of the Paço Imperial. Among other works, the photographic record of the action can be seen in the exhibition, next to a wall with variations of the phrase “Estamos Vivos” [We are alive], simulating graffiti inscriptions. As part of another action, at the opening, the Coletivo also parked a led truck with the projection “Não Retornados” at Praça XV.
Alongside her works, Josi explained the original painting technique she developed: the use of black bean water on paper and fabric. The artist explores the different colours achieved from the different cooking points of the grain, and uses this material as paint: “‘Reverse quarar’ is a procedure that guides my eye to find the possibility of pigment, because what falls on clothes and may stain and be a problem, it’s something that will be good to paint. That’s where I found the power of black bean colours, it was in the leakage of dirt in the pressure cooker (…) that I started to build this palette from that eye, which is an eye for dirt”. With ceramic pieces and with sieves and “quaradores” as medium, Josi weaves the knowledge of sewing and cooking, which, as the artist explains, are inscribed in her body, passing through her hands, due to a family history of dealing with these practices.
In the environment created for her works, with the site-specific of the film “@ilusão”, designed for Paço Imperial, Vitória Cribb shared the thoughts that led her to develop the work, conceived in the middle of the pandemic. In the film, the imagery repetition reflects on the state of anxiety, stress, fatigue and loneliness that affects us when we interact with each other, especially in the digital environment, due to the algorithm and constant engagement. The artist’s idea is “to incorporate a contemporary digital environment under a colonial architecture marked by violence and exploitation of marginalized groups”. Vitória also printed copies of her text “Espontaneidade Programa” [Programmed Spontaneity], which, as she explains, is a letter to her “algorithm friend”: it knows her so well that it can recommend content that she likes, at the right time. The public is free to take a copy of the text with them, as the artist intended.
UÝRA could not physically be at the opening, but she was represented by her works and by the information shared by Luiz Camillo Osorio. The artist brought a little bit of the Amazon rainforest to Paço Imperial using flags with photos of the canopy (coverage of the forest’s trees) hanging from the ceiling of the room, making us look up. On the fabrics, UÝRA traces figures that appear in the drawing made by the spaces between the leaves of the trees and the sky. She also handwrote, in charcoal, a text on the wall of Paço, reminding us that “The sky is a world that cannot end”, and she displayed two images that were result of the photoperformance “Espíritos de tudo que vive” [Spirits of everything that lives], 2019 . The artist, as she explains, uses her body “as a medium to tell stories of different natures. Both the ancestral nature, of living things in a state of freedom, as well as what we have been taught to understand as nature, these landscapes of social and environmental violence, legacies of colonization”.
Visitors were also able to have a closer interaction with the artists, who were present throughout the day, being available to talk, answer questions and take pictures. We would like to thank everyone who attended with great enthusiasm and interest, and we remind you that the shows are on display at Paço Imperial until October 30th. If you visit the exhibitions, don’t forget to share with us what you thought of it by leaving a post-it!
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