The body at the center
Establishing connections between the exhibitions held at Galpão VB and Associação Cultural Videobrasil’s collection, the institution’s Video Library organizes playlists and makes them available to the public during visitation hours. For the exhibition Nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno [I will take nothing when I die, those who owe me, I will charge in hell], on show through June 17, the team at Videobrasil Collection organized two playlists (see the complete list of works at the end of the article).
The first one is thematic. Titled “Corpo e rito” [Body and Rite], it contains works that explore the boundaries between the sacred and the erotic in the human body and its adjacent space. Such is the case, for instance, of Luiz Duva’s Deus come-se [God to Eat]. With a vertiginous editing, in which animals for slaughter, insects, and people succeed and mix with one another before the spectator’s eyes, the work explores the devouring as method and metaphor of a divine which comprises, also, the grotesque.
A different perspective on this link between human and divine is addressed on Barrueco, by Ayrson Heráclito and Danillo Barata. The video combines black bodies, verses by Mira Albuquerque, and the voice of Nina Simone to orchestrate the ambivalence of water, which is simultaneously a spiritual element central to African cultures and a symbol of the horror of the black diaspora, which happened over centuries of slave trafficking across the Atlantic.
This anguish of the diasporic condition is relived by Ingrid Mwangi in My possession (image), a performance she carried out on the 15th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, in 2005. The discontinuous movements of the artist’s body depart from a far-fetched neutrality, traverse the anguish of self-discovery and confrontation with others, and arrive to the finally conquered dignity. The dignity of the subject that resists is also present in Luiz Duva’s PVC and Hui Tao’s Talk about body, videos that round out the selection.
In addition to “Corpo e rito”, the Videobrasil Collection offers a playlist with works by Caetano Dias, Virginia de Medeiros, and Gisela Motta e Leandro Lima, artists featured on the exhibition Nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno. These two sets intend to offer deeper insights on the issues raised by the curators. They are, thus, an invitation to explore the institution’s memory and to reflect, by means of other works, on what was experienced by the public during their visit to the show.
SEE THE EXHIBITION’S PLAYLISTS
Corpo e rito [Body and Rite]: transversal theme for the exhibition Nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno
- PVC, by Luiz Duva | 2001, performance
- Deus come-se, by Luiz Duva | 1990, video, 9'32"
- My possession, by Ingrid Mwangi | 2005, performance
- Barrueco, by Ayrson Heráclito and Danillo Barata | 2004, video, 4'34"
- Talk about body, by Hui Tao | 2013, video, 3'45"
Other works by the artists featured on the exhibition Nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno on the Videobrasil Collection
- sem título #4, by Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima | 1999, video, 5'6"
- Canto doce pequeno labirinto, by Caetano Dias | 2007, video, 18'25"
- 1978 – Cidade Submersa, by Caetano Dias | 2010, video, 16'
- Rabeca, by Caetano Dias | 2013, video, 71'
- Sergio e Simone, by Virginia de Medeiros | 2010, video, 10'
WHAT: playlists for the exhibition Nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno
WHEN: through June 17, 2017, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Galpão VB’s Video Library | Associação Cultural Videobrasil – Av. Imperatriz Leopoldina, 1150, São Paulo/SP