Anna Bella Geiger: Any Direction Off Center

EAV Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro

Anna Bella Geiger experienced the transition from modern to contemporary in her work process with excellence and breath, questioning the various possibilities of an art that is always committed to its time, but not subaltern to it. In the 1970s, from a deep concern in relation to the nature of the art object, he embarked on his artistic endeavors towards a multiplicity of media such as photomontage, photogravure, photocopying, serigraphy, video, super-8 and slides, producing works that exacerbate watertight categories . His work blurs the boundaries between the public and the private, ranging from the spatial scale to the domestic sphere, with a coherence of questions that gives a public dimension to issues that could have been restricted to the sphere of self-expression.

An artist who reconfigures the contours and belonging of Brazil and Latin America through physical and human geographies, Geiger attests to the impossibility of being the other and plunges cartographies into an abyssal void. Maps, while guiding, are also forms that are separated from the rest of the world and result in a unique use of color, which was already announced in his engravings from the Visceral series (1960s). From the similarities and possibilities of formal articulation between the Brazilian and Latin American maps, it unveils ideological schemes sedimented through anthropomorphic comparisons. The technical means are presented as possible developments for a conceptual and philosophical investigation, which remains clear to those who have the privilege of following their courses at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage. The graphic drive, often seen in engraving and serigraphy works, for example, is also revealed in the videos “Passagens 1” and “Passagens 2”, which punctuate the beginning of this exhibition: the two-dimensional image of the video suggests the stairs as lines, guidelines from a blank notebook, which inscribe this female body in the inaugural narrative of Brazilian and international video art.

Anna Bella Geiger's production renews the understanding of image circulation and memory formation. It questions what shapes the contemporary and deforms it, summons the myths of the past, makes present today. This year, the EAV Parque Lage Training and Deformation Program took as its route the phrase and the insignia designed by Anna Bella Geiger in the video Centerminal (1974), filmed a year before the foundation of the free school, in the forest that integrates Parque Lage . As a curatorial strategy, this exhibition was deliberately designed for three places of passage, a theme dear to the artist – the entrance to the Palacete, the Great Hall gallery and the underground corridor – oriented towards any direction outside the center. This critical posture in relation to art, its nature and its possibilities is the hallmark of a production that renews its historical importance based on its pertinence and relevance.

Anna Bella Geiger: Any Direction Off Center
Curatorship: Ulisses Carrilho
Opening: 09/28/18, 11 am
Visitation: until 10/28/18; Monday to Thursday, 9am-7pm; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm
EAV Parque Lage: Rua Jardim Botânico, 414, Rio de Janeiro. Free entrance

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