Largo's remarkable artistic director, Consuelo Bassanesi is tirelessly running around all week, finding us space, equipment and solutions for tough problems that inevitably arise. We are expecting a lot of people, as it is a double event: Ricardo Castro is presenting a solo show of his work from his 3-month long residency. Ricardo, a Paulista (person from São Paulo), won a national art award, which also presented him with the Rio residency. The four of us international resident artists are doing a group show of the work produced this month.
|Late in the night, people are hanging out around the beautiful windows.|
On top of all this, Marta's sound installation is planned to be opened by a shaman, an indio (Brazilian indigenous people) medicine man, whom we met at the Day of the Indio celebration.
|Ricardo de Castro's video installation, called Hora Mágica (The Magic Hour) is full of spiritual symbolism. Mirrors bouncing the rays of the sun while performers act out some kind of mystic ritual.|
I like the large size of these and the potential to drape them over objects, which is exactly what I'm going to try in order to finish the black piece, pictured below. Having been inspired by the gates and fences that I see everywhere, it is, in a sense, a soft barrier.
|Untitled (for being still work in progress) cut upholstery vinyl. 1.5meters by 2 meters. Inspired by colonial tile patterns and wrought ironwork, both ubiquitous in Rio.|
|Inside the black room: A video of ants carrying pellets of food swarming on a sandy ground that is projected onto a golden map of Rio. https://vimeo.com/126359452 The scale difference creates a surreal feeling of looking down on another planet from space, seeing both the micro and macro world. The text on the wall circles around the space. This part reads:
It’s a peculiar human habit to make a home in just about any environment. This is my translation of Hungarian emigrant writer, Imre Kertesz, from Europe's Oppressive Legacy.