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Impossible Realities: Brazilian Art in Veracruz

Glaucia Mayer, Uma cor é uma cor… e um rosa é um rosa, 2007. Video, 01:40 minutes.

Yesterday “Realidades Imposibles” (Impossible Realities), curated by Pedro Varela, opened in Veracruz, Mexico. Presenting 20 Brazilian contemporary artists working in photography and video, the exhibition which takes the whole second floor of the Fototeca Juan Malpica Mimendi in the historical center of the city will be a special opportunity for the Mexican public as exhibitions that feature such a large number of emerging contemporary Brazilian artists rarely happen here.

Maria Laet, Untitled, 2008. 4 C-prints, 50 x 76 cm.

Despite their linguistic and social similarities the artistic dialogue between Mexico and Brazil is typically not very expressive but thankfully the creative distance between these two relatively close countries seems to be shortening. Annually, little by little, we see the gap closing and this year artists such as Vic Muniz and Artur Barrio made individual exhibitions in museums in both Guadalajara and Mexico City, respectively.

Realidades Imposibles (Impossible realities) pulls together young artists with promising careers, like, Nino Cais, Marcelo Amorim, Rodrigo Torres, Maria Laet, João Penoni and Carolina Ponte, as well as artists already known by the Brazilian public, like Brígida Baltar, for example, who has already exhibited her work at the São Paulo’s Biennial - the biggest exhibition of contemporary art in Brazil.

Nino Cais, Untitled, 2008. C-print, 70 x 50 cm.

Realidades Imposibles (Impossible realities) presents a group of 20 Brazilian artists that develop works in photography, video and develop their approaches to combine other artistic languages. What unites this group of artists, other than their nationality, is the common effort in capturing or building images of unreal subjects; fantasies, which contrast with the expectations we impose upon the photographic image. If the images happen in an instant it is coincidental as the artists are not concerned with capturing certain moments like journalistic photographers, or building images that are attractive in a formal way. Rather they build an image by way of constructing a scene or through contamination of photographic and cinematographic processes by other forms of artistic production such as painting and dance. This common discipline or habit reinforces the shows subversive thesis and provides for a rich and various collection of works.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Bia Guedes, Brigada de Incêndio, Brígida Baltar, Carolina Ponte, Celina Portella e Elisa Pessoa, Celso Filho, Chico Fernandes, Daniel Zarvos, Gisela Milman, Glaucia Mayer, Joana Traub Csekö, João Penoni, Leonardo Ayres, Marcela Gontijo, Marcelo Amorim, Maria Laet, Mariana Leal, Miha e Mariana, Nino Cais, Rodrigo Torres.

Curator Pedro Varela exhibited in Miami recently in the group exhibition “Littlest Sister” at Spinello Gallery.

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Impossible Realities: Brazilian Art in Veracruz