Jonathas de Andrade (b. 1982, Maceió, Brazil) lives and works in Recife. The artist uses photography, installation, and video to traverse collective memory and history, making use of strategies that shuffle fiction and reality. De Andrade collects and catalogues architecture, images, texts, life stories and recomposes a personal narrative of the past.
Alexander and Bonin is exhibiting a new series of photographic prints by Jonathas de Andrade. Drawing from image stills of his acclaimed film O Peixe (2016), de Andrade created a series of seven photographic prints, titled O espirito das águas/ The water spirits. Shot in the State of Alagoas in northeast Brazil, the photographs present fishermen as they enact a form of ritual, in which, after catching their prey, they embrace the fish in their arms until its death. Located midway between documentary and fiction, the photographs seek to question traditional ethnographic depictions. The series is a collaborative project between the artist, Alexander and Bonin, New York, and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo.
Mona Hatoum was born into a Palestinian family in Beirut and has lived and worked in London since 1975. The artist has worked in many mediums, from performance and video, to installations and objects.
Hatoum’s work has been the subject of numerous solo museum exhibitions worldwide: at the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2014); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and PROA, Buenos Aires (2014-15). A major survey exhibition of her work took place at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2016). A solo exhibition of her work is currently on view at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.
A selection of works by Mona Hatoum are exhibited in Alexander and Bonin’s booth. Several of the sculptural pieces consist of familiar domestic objects transformed to reveal foreign, vulnerable, and sometimes menacing qualities. In addition, a number of Hatoum’s works are concerned with mapping, unstable boundaries, and shaken geographies. Common to all works is Hatoum’s paired down and sophisticated sculptural language, which gracefully allows for various emotions, meanings, and nuances to emerge. Elegantly executed and metaphorically powerful, the works are both provocative and poetic in their content.