Curated by Tatiane Schilaro
Fragmento, In-Process presents seven Brazilian artists articulating notions of fragmentation and proliferation in their work: Alice Quaresma, Bia Monteiro, Gustavo Prado, Julia Brandão, Júlia Pontés, Mateu Velasco and Vitoria Hadba. These artists use photography, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, and photomontage to juxtapose peculiar shapes, textures, objects,
landscapes, bodies, and characters.
In Vitoria Hadba’s prints, lines lead our eyes outside the picture plane, while gaps between the photographs from Julia Pontés’ series, Pig Iron, indicate the suspended space in which the artist’s performative body becomes a “void.” In Bia Monteiro’s photographs “tropicalness” is only suggested. Instead of capturing images of palm trees and foliage––the stereotypical idea of Brazilianness––Monteiro’s dialogue between the natural and the artificial is established through residue of modern architecture.
It is also within the Brazilian urban spaces that Mateu Velasco situates his proliferation of forms and themes; his street-art-inspired characters could just as well have inhabited public walls such as the modern fragments found in Monteiro’s work. On the other hand, Julia Brandão’s proliferations are repurposed from the fashion world and retain the dynamism of urban life; these sculptural textiles breed knots, earrings, buttons, and fringes, resulting in a relationship with an adorned, but implicit body.
The implicit body is also explored by Alice Quaresma, whose practice describes photography and painting as in-process mediums, eschewing traditional readings of landscape and abstraction. Both Quaresma and Gustavo Prado trigger recollections of the most famous narrative in Brazilian art history: neo-concretism. Prado’s Contortionist series consists of flexible loop-like sculptures made to be handled and reconfigured, an homage to Brazilian Lygia Clark’s participatory works, which emerged from neo- concretism. These processes, based on the articulation of proliferation and/or fragmentation, can be understood as ways of re-accessing notions of Brazil. But in these works, Brazil is not idealized; it is not marked as a site for an expat’s nostalgia, instead it is a place to be reimagined, regurgitated,
multiplied, and recollected.
Produced by AnnexB and b[x] Gallery, Fragmento, In-Process is curated by Tatiane Schilaro.
Acknowledging the importance of cultural and transnational exchanges to increase the diversity in contemporary art, Larissa Ferreira founded AnnexB, the first organization ever based in New York to offer arts management, programming, and an art residency exclusively for Brazilian artists. Since its inception, AnnexB has presented the work of 34 Brazilian artists in New York, with 8 of them participating in the residency program. The art projects include: murals, exhibitions, installations, live painting events, performances, workshops, book launches, as well as numerous visits to the atelier.
About Tatiane Schilaro
Tatiane Schilaro is a Brazilian-born art writer, an adjunct faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Ph.D. student in Visual Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. She graduated in 2015 from the Art Criticism and Writing Master’s Program at the School of Visual Arts, and has an MA in Art History, Contemporary Art. In 2015, she coauthored the book Contemporary Art in Brazil (Edições Pinakotheke, Rio de Janeiro). She has curated shows in São Paulo (Fundação Pró-Memória), Quito (FLASCO), and in Brooklyn, N.Y. (A.I.R. Gallery). Her essays and reviews have been published by Guernica, ARTNews, Artcritical, Hyperallergic, LatinxSpaces and NewCityBrazil. She was a curatorial intern at El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of Modern Art, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Tatiane
is AnnexB’s Creative Director.