Latitude Art Fair Advisor Picks: Brunno
Brunno Silva (born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1986) is a curator, art consultant and writer based in Berlin and Southern Italy. With a particular interest in moving image, installation, sculpture and photography, his specialisation is in Western (and Western-influenced) contemporary art. Brunno holds a MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Arts and speaks Portuguese, English, German and Italian. Current projects include the exhibition Canticle of the Creatures (https://www.openartadvisory.com/canticle-of-the-creatures) and mentor-curator for the Inkubator Residency in Berlin (http://inkubatorcollective.com/)
Latitude Art Fair - Highlights by art consultant Brunno Silva
I feel incredibly privileged to be working with Latitude Art Fair first edition. Considering the diversity and quality of the Brazilian galleries that are taking part, the selection process was not easy. However, I have attempted to share with you some of the highlights of the fair, extraordinary artworks that I believe function as an entrance point to Brazilian contemporary art.
The interests of Brazilian artistic production today share many similarities with those throughout the globe such as fragmented narratives, religious pluralism and the absence of a unified description of its people. Just like in the wider world, this unstable nucleus is undoubtedly the source of incomparable creativity which depicts and discusses the aesthetics and politics of our times.
In my selection I aimed to present what Brazilian contemporary art is to the world and to the Brazilian people, there is a certain drive that is difficult to clearly define but it is expressed in narratives where interpretation depends highly on an openness to local and international thematics.
The artworks below are presented in no particular order.
Through concrete, newspaper and popular imagery, Pitta creates visual cues that build bridges betweenideas and their physical manifestation. A tension between the seemingly everlasting form of concrete andthe fragility of an image or singular action.
There is something phantasmagoric and celestial about Lopes’ images. In her anonymous subjects theshape negotiates its presence among shadows and underneath color creating a difficult and magnetic painting that stays with you.
The structures created by Caccuri are positioned as a harmonious creation using triangles, cords and steel to build a ritualistic object from a no-religion. A relic without a deity or perhaps a tribe that is still to exist.
Silveira’s engagement with optics, photography and shadows are once again present in these two works from 2020. Here, the hand passes from one image to the next, dismembering its parts as it progresses through the paper plane, what one artwork reveals, its pairs hide. Silveira conceptual game is photographic poetry.
Mixing painting and embroidery techniques Mujalli’s main interest takes form in processes around marking and unmarking the canvas. In this composition these elements are carefully applied onto the canvas and creates a tropical dream that refuses to end.
Simons and her subject, the ever-present tulip, presents a baroque inspired composition with all natural elements being registered through the Scanogram: a technique developed by the artists herself mixing scanning and photographic technology.
Miguez’s is openly inspired by Volpi to develop his architectonic, at times abstract, paintings. Sharing a visual language with minimalists such as Frank Stella, and more contemporary examples such as Tomma Abts, Miguez presents a welcome raw colour and line treatment that impresses and calms in simple depictions of everyday architecture.
The artwork by Pagatini has an urban feel that somehow strikes pop culture and political criticism equally. In this series of photo gravures the artist entices us to speculate what is hidden behind the fog. The single tree – as Warhol’s iconic electric chair series–creates an unsettling composition that anchors the viewer’s gaze.