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Line is a series of prints that intend to think the line beyond its pure formal and geometrical conceptions. The work tries to investigate the line as a political construction that condensates and materializes structures of power and domination, revealing thus, as a product of social and economical relations. Passing through great moments of Brazil’s history, since Latin America’s division between the Portuguese and the Spanish during the colonization, until the Transamazonic construction in the military period, the work uses the structure of the line to think the political reorganization of the national territory.
A curator and multimedia artist who gained critical acclaim at the 2011 Istanbul Biennial, Clara Ianni creates sculpture, installation, video, and text-based works through which she parses the relationship between violence, memory, and politics. Although the industrial seriality that characterizes her work is formally reminiscent of American modernists like Donald Judd, Ianni explores the variants of Modernism that occurred in her native Brazil—where she works, splitting her time between there and Berlin—while also gesturing back towards the military dictatorship that held power in the country from the 1960s to the ’80s. Combining such historical concerns with critiques of neoliberalism, Ianni’s highly political works speak against notions of progress that are tantamount to what she calls a “systematic denial of the past.”
Brazilian, b. 1987, São Paulo, Brazil, based in Sao Paolo, Brazil and Berlin, Germany