Saturday, 18 June 2011


Jarbas Lopes, 'Deegraca', 1998, penetrable made of sewn raffia banners used to advertise the 'Bailes Funk'

labyrinthic entrance to Jarbas Lopes' penetrable

window cuts in Jarbas' penetrable allow exterior and interior to connect

and raffia strips hang from the ceiling...

Runo Lagomarsino, 'Contratiempos', 2000/10, slideshow of pavement cracks photographed at Oscar Niemeyer's Marquise at Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo, the form of the cracks resembles the shape of Brazil or of the South American continent.

Paulo Nenflidio, 'Berimbaue Eletrico', 2010, sound sculpture

Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Maia Machado, 'Buracao Negro', video projection on the floor where air exhalations blow white dust through the surface creating patterns and drawings.
See the video on Vimeo here.

empty room between exhibition rooms, giving pauses and rhythm to the exhibition

Jarbas Lopes, 'Cinema Parado', 2001-2011, two slide projections of drawings made on slides

Tamar Guimaraes, 'Canoas' film, 2010, on the relationship between architecture, power, class, ethnicity, desire and segregation in Brasil

Chelpa Ferro, '100 metros rasos', 2003, 6 video projections of different sound situations, their simultaneous projection creating a concert

non work: peeled painting on the stairs of the exhibition space

Pablo Leon de la Barra, 'Diagrama Bananeiro Tropical', 2010, poster pinned anonymously on bulletin board in the lobby of the exhibition building

I was invited  to the 'Tudo E' event/exhibition to give a talk. I decided to invite a tropical palm I found in the lobby of the motel where we were staying to participate within the talk. In order to arrive to the exhibition, I took the palm for a walk from the motel to the exhibition place. The walk, which was not documented, was an homage to Steve McQueen's film 'Exodus', 1992-97 where McQueen follows two Caribbean men carrying two palms in London; and to Wilfredo Prieto's 'Walk', 2000 where Prieto in his first trip outside Cuba takes a plant on a wheelbarrow for a 5 kms walk.

During the talk, I presented the ideas behind the 'Diagrama Bananeiro Tropical' and the 'Novo Museo Tropical'. I like the idea that I was invited as the only non-brazilian to participate in a Brazilian event, maybe the idea of Brazilianess goes beyond national identity and representation, as an expanded idea of belonging....

As part of the talk I screened a fragment of 'Burden of Dreams' from youtube where Werner Herzog talks about the obscenity of the jungle in the documentary shot by Les Blank during the filming of Fitzcarraldo in the Peruvian Amazons in the early seventies.

As this was a 10pm talk, which was going to be followed by a documentary on funk carioca and then by a performance by Tetine, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce also some music videos between the talk, in order to make the talk less boring for the people that were waiting for the concert, and as a way of pausing between thoughts and ideas, in what curator of the event Andrea Lissoni called a Disco Conference. Here I showed Carmen Miranda's banana fantasia 'The Lady In The Tutti Frutti Hat'.

'Tudo E' curators Alberto Salvadori and Dr. Andrea Lissoni. The 'Tudo E' name of the event/exhibition comes from the song composed by Arto Lindsay for the parade he did in the Venice Biennale 2009 which was organized by Lissoni.

Chelpa Ferro giving a sounds concert

Tetine's Eliete Mejorado, a diva possessed by tropical funk

Tetine's Bruno Mejorado inside Jarbas penetrable where they played live, the performance a recreation of a collaborative work that Tetine and Jarbas had done together at Gasworks, in London in 2003 within the exhibition Gambiarra. You can see documentation of that performance here and here. That time in 2003 was the first time I saw Tetine perform, since then we have collaborated in different occasions, like the time I invited them to perform at Palais de Tokyo for the launch of an issue of Pablo Magazine, where they first played the song Lick my Favela which was inspired by conversations we had at the time.

curator Francesco Bonami after entering Jarbas penetrable

Tetine played inside Jarbas penetrable, which was transformed into a breathing cube that sings, a penetrable that becomes alive,  a malleable giant speaker...

the boys from Chelpa Ferro taking the palm for a dance...

and then bringing the palm inside the penetrable!

Tetine and Jarbas playing live inside the penetrable

Press Release:
Guest Nation Brazil…Tudo è
Chelpa Ferro, Tamar Guimaraes, Jarbas Lopes, Runo Lagomarsino, Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado, Paulo Nenflidio, Distruktur, Maga Bo, Siri, Tetine & Jarbas Lopes, Nado Leal, Pablo Leon de la Barra, Wesley Pentz aka Diplo & Leandro HBL, Clarissa Campolina, Guto Parente, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Amilcar Packar
curated by Alberto Salvadori and Andrea Lissoni

From Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 June the former Esattoria della Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, will host the contemporary art project curated by Alberto Salvadori and Andrea Lissoni and produced by Fondazione Pitti Discovery together with the Osservatorio per le Arti Contemporanee dell’Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze. Tudo è based on the visual arts, music, film and performances will present an ideal vision of a country—Brazil—that embodies the continuity of tradition and the roots of South American modernism, and the most contemporary forms of esthetic expression, and is capable of combining today’s new creativity. “It will be like a prè-sal (the sub-salt layer beneath the ocean that contains the huge oil and natural gas deposits that have been the symbol of Brazil’s growth over the past two years)”, say the curators Alberto Salvadori and Andrea Lissoni, “a place where there are multitudes of multiple talents; the wealth of a country which with speed, an awareness of its resources and faith in the present, is aiming towards a truly better future—a fantastic place that Italy still has to get to know fully.”

For four days, artists such as Runo Lagomarsino, Jarbas, Pablo Nenflidio, Cinthia Marcelle, the “unclassifiable” visual artists and musicians like Chelpa Ferro, musicians such as Siri and also DJs and producers like Nado Leal and the famous duo Tetine will unveil a growing world of thoughts and desires bringing Florence and Brazil together and generating an original mixture where freedom of thought, of expression, of imagination will be the fulcrum of the Guest Nation Brazil project.

Guest Nation Brazil…Tudo è
14–16 June 2011
every day from 7.00pm to 2.00am
Via del Castellaccio 12 – Firenze

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