As Marias of Leca Araujo : A curious perspective of Brazil through its women.
Palais des Nations – 8–14, Avenue de la Paix – Geneva 10. Entry : Pregny Gate
Exhibition Gallery, E Building, 3rd Floor – Door 40
Geneva, Palais des Nations – 8–14, Avenue de la Paix – Geneva 10Map
As Marias of Leca Araujo
The exhibition brings a curious perspective of Brazil, from a set of paintings and installations, gathered here. Starting from a stereotype described by a Brazilian novelist, Leca Araujo recreates different Brazilian female profiles, leading us to reflect on social and political aspects of Brazil. The country has continental dimensions and very different and distant regions, but all inhabited by a creative, cheerful, hardworking people, united by language and solidarity, immersed in a peculiar environment characterized by its countless Marias, the basis of its social matrix. In order to unite social themes and ecological balance, the artist uses different types of paints combined with recycled materials. And, hybridizing figure and background, especially through black-on-black, she addresses the question of similarity versus equality.
It is with this spirit that Leca recreates black, white, yellow, Marias, Clarices and Teresas as if they were all black and named Marias, purposely, to bring the Brazilian women into a common context and then speak of the beauty and differences of each one of them, which actually is not in the appearance but in the soul.
The series As Marias, thus synthesizes the belief that every human being is unique!