David Cury

(this page was last updated in July 2016)

Teresina, Brazil, 1963.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PIPA 2010 nominee.

In recent years, David Cury has been developing installations and interventions of marked ambivalence, articulating issues inherent to art and issues directly associated with life today.

Curry’s works can vary in materiality, structure, and scale, even during the delivery process or (re)assembly. This concept defined the following projects: “Para a inclusão social do Crime” (Sala Lygia Clark/Funarte, Rio de Janeiro, 2003), “Há vagas de coveiro para trabalhadores sem-terra” (Carreau du Temple, Paris, 2005), “Paradeiro” (Estação Barão de Mauá-Leopoldina, Rio de Janeiro, 2006), and “Hydrahera” (Morro da Conceição, Rio de Janeiro, 2008).

The main theme of Cury’s solo show “Antônio Conselheiro não seguiu o conselho” was land conflict within Brazil (Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, August–October 2009). The show consisted of two installations and one intervention (on a 8m x 30m wall) that included seminal references to contemporary art and important events within Brazilian social history. The artistic representation of emblematic episodes of local agrarian questions (Canudos, Eldorado dos Carajás, Landless Workers’ Movement) was both difficult and unstable, as well as unavoidable and compelling.

Photos by Wilton Montenegro


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