Art and social action collectives take over the Mário de Andrade Library

Under the curatorship of Paula Borghi, the exhibition brings together works by the collectives Birico, Dulcinéia Catadora, JAMAC, Lanchonete <> snack bar and stir

Andreia Emboava, Lucia Rosa and Maria Dias da Costa – DULCINEIA CATADORA

Five art and social action collectives meet at the exhibition Independence and Life! to present to art as an agent of social transformation, celebrating life and building possibilities of existence.

The curatorship of Paula Borghi understands the concept of the sociologist Laymert Garcia dos Santos, who places “freedom” as the opposite value to “death”, therefore, we can understand “life” as a synonym. In a year that celebrates the bicentennial of independence in a funereal atmosphere in the social and political sphere, the exhibition goes against the grain, presenting the collectives that are organized in favor of life. 

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View of the exhibition “Independence and Life!”. Photo: Joao Leoci

The face of twelve fundamental women for Latin American history and who disputed their own space surrounded by the hegemonic mass of white, straight and cis-gender men, is honored in the work giving flag that shape the exhibition space. The work street sayings, which was recently released in book form by faucet in partnership with Dulcinéia Catadora, is present in the form of licks on the walls and translates some of the expressions used in cracolândia, such as “angel” which refers to a child who arrives among them, or “isqueirar”, used when someone is causing discord. A rereading of Magritte's work, This is not a pipe, by the artist Dentinho alludes to the practice of harm reduction for former crack users, like the artist himself, who usually make a pipe with the material they have at their disposal, including a can.

Dentinho – this is a pipe, 2020

This coming Wednesday, the 28th, the group Mexa premieres the second chapter of the performance Poperopera, which departs from the Odyssey and the night culture of the 1980s, combining elements of opera with personal narratives.


Independence and Life!Location: Mario de Andrade Library
Address: R. da Consolação, 94 – República, São Paulo – SP
Date: Until October 8, 2022
Opening hours: From Sunday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Admission: free

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