O Brasil que eu quero (The Brazil that I want), is a contemporary popular saying in Brazil. The sentence has been used to name cultural artefacts, including a popular Sunday TV show and funk carioca songs. As a hashtag it brings together tons of viral internet memes. These images are creative and playful, and might act as inspiration for the imagination of a better future in dark times such as the current era in Brazil.
For the program presented here Luiz Roque chose recent audiovisual works from six Brazilian artists and one Uruguayan collective that fit very well into the screening. Further, he has included two of his own films selected in conjunction with Andrea Bellini, which will be featured at different moments throughout the program.
Ventura Profana, Resplandescente, 2019
HD video, 5 min 12 sec
Ventura Profana (1993, Salvador, Brazil). Lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Daughter of the mysterious bowels of mother Bahia, Ventura Profana’s prophecies “multiplicate abundance in black, indigenous and travesty life”, as she puts it. Doctrined in Baptist temples, she is a missionary pastor, singer, writer, composer and visual artist, whose practice is rooted in research into the implications and methodologies of evangelization in Brazil and beyond, through the spread of neo-pentecostal churches.
Laura Fraiz, Eu não vou parar até te destruir, 2018
HD video, 1 min 02 sec
Laura Fraiz (1996, São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian artist working with video, performance, painting, sound and writing. In her works, she creates confessional and autobiographical narratives, employing memories, secrets and daydreams to investigate the relations between reality and fiction, violence and desire, control and disobedience.
Luiz Roque, O Novo Monumento, 2013
Courtesy Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo | New York | Brussels
Luiz Roque (1979, Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil) is an artist attracted by the power of the image and, in particular, by sensations that stem from the sense of vision. The artist’s work crosses different territories, such as the genre of science fiction, the legacy of modernism, pop-culture and queer bio-politics. His works inhabits a space between cinema, art and critical theory, all within the scope of a political dispute that is both real and imaginary.
Tony Camargo, VP29, 2018
Digital video, 27 sec
Tony Camargo (1979, Paula Freitas, Brazil) studied visual arts at the Universidade Federal do Paraná at Curitiba where he lives and works. Working with painting, photography and video, the artist is interested in the everyday behavior of human beings, (“sujeito comum”) and their creations in the contemporary world.
BÁSICA TV, Morphing, 2016
Video, 30 sec
BÁSICA TV is a collective formed in 2012 in Montevideo, Uruguay, comprising Guzmán Paz, Lulo Demarco and Emilio Bianchic. They work in video, photography, and installation – always to the perfect degree of excess – creating content inspired by mass culture, reencoded from a queer perspective. They have been living and working in Buenos Aires since 2015.