New collaborations by Smék and Setúbal are inaugurated at Central Galeria

The new exhibition, called “Oppositors”, starts from the “war of the thumbs” game to guide political tensions in the country

Dora Smék e Paul Setúbal
Dora Smék and Paul Setúbal – “Opposers – movement 4”, 2017

Reflecting the moment of growing social tensions in Brazil, the artist duo Smék and Setúbal presents a series of sculptures created collaboratively in 2017, hitherto unpublished. under the heading Opponents, the exhibition features a critical text by Benjamin Seroussi and opens on the eve of the elections at the São Paulo gallery Central in partnership with Casa Triângulo.

When visiting, you will come across currents that cross the exhibition space in different directions, creating obstacles to the passage and further accentuating the oppositional relationship between the objects. The bronze sculptures at the ends were conceived from the molds of the artists' hands, who positioned them as in the children's game of “war of the thumbs”, whose objective is to capture the other's thumb using only your own. In the work of Smék and Setúbal, however, the movement of the fingers does not point to any winner: the moment of dispute crystallizes, dilating the feeling of impasse and permanent tension.

Therefore, the idea of the installation project is to broaden the debate about democracy and political, ethical and territorial polarities. 


dora smék + paul setúbal: opponents

Location: Central Gallery
Address: Rua Bento Freitas, 306 – Vila Buarque – São Paulo, SP
Date: From October 1 to November 11, 2022
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 11am to 7pm. On Saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm.
Admission: free

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