Individual and collective creative gestures are part of the exhibition – To what will be born, in which the artists Isaac Julien, Elian Almeida and Virginia de Medeiros, and is curated by the gallery's Curatorial Center under the coordination of Luis Perez-Oramas. The exhibition, which opens on Saturday the 2nd and remains until the 21st of May, takes place at Nara Roesler Gallery in the Gardens.
Comprising three artists – Isaac Julien, Elian Almeida and Virginia de Medeiros, works are displayed that broaden the reflection on the discussion of racial issues, social and historical.
For the first time in Brazil, the show is structured around the photographs that make up Lessons of the Hour, celebrated video installation by Isaac Julien. Centered on the figure of the African-American Frederick Douglass, a fundamental figure for American abolitionism in the 19th century, Julien's living paintings serve as monumental portraits that bring to the present the urgency of the abolitionist legacy.
In the project Gold sinks in the sea, wood stays on top – developed by Elian Almeida, it is divided into three parts and focuses on the trafficking of African peoples to the Americas. It highlights the notion of birth, individual and collective, real and metaphorical, which sheds light on violent aspects of history that were erased or attenuated by the dominant narrative.
Virginia de Medeiros, with the iconic Fábula do Olhar series, proposes other meanings for the social side of the portrait, and on the individual yearning for the image. The works are the result of the artist's encounters with homeless people, in which, in collaboration with these people, she records stories and images, documents lives that tend to be made invisible by society. In addition to socio-racial issues, the work discusses the portrait itself: the active desire to see and project one's own image in the world as a way of claiming the completeness of human dignity.
Exhibition is an act of creating a collective portrait it encompasses, individuals and communities discriminated against, whether racially or socially. Reveal the shared desire to see oneself and project one's image in the world as a way of claiming the integrity of our human dignity.
To what will be born: Isaac Julien, Elian Almeida, Virginia de Medeiros
Date: April 2nd to May 21st, 2022
Location: Nara Roesler Gallery
Address: Av. Europa, 655 – Jardim Europa, São Paulo (Brazil)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00, Saturday from 11:00 to 15:00