Author of a production that is simultaneously delicate and blunt, Johanna Calle found in graphics a special way of referencing problems and inconsistencies that permeate Latin American society. To compose her images, the artist takes various forms of writing as a starting point, appropriating manuscripts, letters, musical scores, mathematical matrices or shorthand techniques, in a kind of permanent game between lines, words and signs.
In Textiles, his third single in the Marilia Razuk Gallery, Johanna Calle brings enigmatic images to the public that deprive photography of its status as a record of reality. Instead, the artist attributes an undefined character to snapshots, in terms of both representation and meaning.
Curated by José Augusto Ribeiro, who also wrote the text that accompanies the exhibition, the exhibition presents a set of 80 works created between 2019 and 2022, all unpublished. There are photographs, texts, drawings, works on fabrics and elaborated by Calle based on new procedures in his creation. As, for example, the work Photographic Fabrics, series composed of analogue photographs, produced between the end of the 19th century and the middle of the 20th century, by professionals or amateurs who belonged to family or public archives and which ended up circulating by news agencies and media outlets.
“Despite the heterogeneity of techniques and materials, the exhibition reiterates, from one work to another, a definition of the word “textile” as that which becomes in and with wires and lines – which can be braided, superimposed or, equally, unraveled and broken”, reflects José Augusto. In addition, the works in this exhibition also address urgent political issues of contemporary life, such as land ownership, the rights of indigenous peoples and women in Latin America, as in the sets of works entitled The Big Tree and the bands.
Location: Marília Razuk Gallery
Address: Rua Jerônimo da Veiga 131 – Itaim Bibi, São Paulo
Date: From May 31 to July 23, 2022.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm.