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.
Marie Carangi, Teta Lírica, 2016
HD video, 4 min 51 sec
Marie Carangi (1989, Recife, Brazil) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She is a multimedia artist who graduated in architecture and urbanism from the Federal University of Pernambuco.
Her performative output relates to anti-colonial practices and operates as an intersectional tactic incorporating video, sound art, linguistic systems, photography, object installations and group experiences. Her body of work navigates themes such as ancestry, identity, gender, apparel and social customs, and is centered on the praxis of pleasure and spontaneity as tactics for disassembling oppressive patterns.
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.
Cristiano Lenhardt, Polvorosa, 2012
2K, HD, color, sound 5.1, 2 min 50 sec
Courtesy Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo | Rio de Janeiro
Cristiano Lenhardt (1975, Itaara, Brazil) studied fine arts at the Federal University of Santa Maria. Lenhardt’s practice is multidisciplinary, and he is currently studying agro-ecology and implementing his very own agroforestry system at Sítio Mundo Bicho, São Lourenço, in the heart of the Zona da Mata Pernambucana, where he lives and works. The artist is also very interested in spirituality as an intuitive, sacred and indivisible information system for life and nature.
Vitória Cribb, @illusão, 2020
HD video, soundtrack by OLHO, 6 min 47 sec
Vitória Cribb (1996, Brazil) is daughter of a Haitian father and a Brazilian mother and was raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A student of industrial design at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, she is a new media designer and interdisciplinary artist who explores the convergence between the immateriality of new media with physical and tactile media. The artist takes a multidisciplinary approach to new visual technologies and their developments.