The show articulates the works of three contemporary brazilian artists of growing importance over the past decades: Rochelle Costi, Antonio Manuel and Waltercio Caldas. All three artists establish a strong dialogue with the notion of space, interfering with strong artworks and different media, often political and full of historical references that result in extremely relevant themes in contemporary art.
“Série Passageiros”, a photo series by Rochelle Costi depicts images of family members with interventions made by the artist. Each photograph represents an imaginary story of existing persons, allowing the spectator to have different interpretations according to the references evoked. Rochelle Costi questions space-time frames with unexpected associations resulting in the originality of her work.
Antonio Manuel’s works bring to light important political issues of the Brazilian dictatorship period. The paintings “Labirinto” and “De A a Z” show the way in which the artist combines both lyricism and violence, intuition and rationality - unusual combinations that result in powerful visual phenomena. Antonio Manuel captures the strong way in which facts interfere in our daily lives: his abstraction seeks the impact of reality and his paintings, the energy of facts. Basing his shapes in geometry, he tries to extract a living and active spaces from inert geometrical shapes, manifesting the confrontations caused by life.
Waltercio Caldas’ trajectory is characterized by the lightness of his sculptures, which is also transposed to his drawings. The sculptures shown at the booth reflect the use of different materials - stainless steel, wool, suede - combining lightness and weight in the most delicate ways. Each work occupies its own position in space, a position that becomes an area of encounter, producing an unusual continuity with the spectator. The combination of materials is also transposed to his drawings: needles, plastic and ink are used in different combinations.