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Made in Brazil

Zurique
11 jun – 22 oct de 2022

Made in Brazil
Mundano

Made in Brasil
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Mundano

Galeria Kogan Amaro Zurique
Rämistrasse 35, 8001 Zürich.
info@galeriakoganamaro.com

Mundano is a Brazilian artist and cultural activist whose works have been seen both in the streets and in museums and galleries. The works in Made in Brazil, his first solo exhibition in Europe, seem at first to be seductive and bitingly amusing. A series of paintings depicts misty forest scenes, while several sculptures appear, on close inspection, to represent beef steaks. But the real subject matter of these highly-charged works is anything but amusing: the clear-cutting and burning of vast swaths of the Amazon rainforest, to create grazing land for cattle whose slaughtered carcasses will be shipped around the world.

“This exhibition is proof of a crime,” says the artist. “Brazil’s cattle population is more than its human population, and we export 80% of the meat.”

With tireless energy, Mundano has devoted himself to a life mission of creating an environmental and social legacy with his art—a mission that has led him, over the last fifteen years, to give lectures, mount exhibitions, and stage interventions in more than forty cities around the world, including Brazil. Much-awarded in the area of public art, human rights, and creativity and digital innovation, Mundano is a TED Fellow and founder of the NGO Pimp My Carroça, which takes its name from a body of Mundano’s work begun in 2007, when the artist began using his painting skills to embellish the wood-and-metal carts, carroças, used by trash collectors in Brazil to haul off junk and recyclables—like the carts used by street people all over the world but rarely noticed in a celebratory way.

Mundano’s art and activism are built on a great tradition advanced by a generation of conceptual artists from the 1980s and 1990s, whose rage over social ills both inspired and empowered them to make ground-breaking artworks. Today, the twenty-first century faces an even more massive crisis– How do we address the very health of Planet Earth?– and a new generation of artists is enraged and engaged. Essential to the DNA of Mundano’s art is community engagement, which promotes the passing on of knowledge, insights, practices, and wisdom to our fellow mortals. What shall our legacy be, asks Mundano through his work, and how can we all practice better stewardship of our beloved world?

Simon Watson

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Simon Watson

Born in Canada and raised between England and the United States, Simon Watson is an independent curator and arts educator based in New York and São Paulo. A thirty-five-year veteran of the cultural scene on three continents, Watson has conceived and curated more than 300 art exhibitions for galleries and museums, and has consulted art collecting programs for numerous institutional and private clients. Over the past three decades, Watson has worked with emerging and under-recognized artists, bringing them to the attention of new audiences. His area of curatorial expertise is identifying visual artists with exceptional potential, many of whom are now internationally recognized in the blue-chip category and are represented by some of the most famous and respected galleries in the world.

Mundano

Using art to mark his social, environmental and political positioning, the São Paulo native MUNDANO has been effectively exercising artivism as a tool for social transformation for over 15 years. An advocate for environmental causes and universal human rights, in 2012 he founded the NGO Pimp My Carroça, and the Cataki app, both aimed at connecting waste generators and recyclable material collectors. The result of his work opened doors to replicate these artivist actions worldwide – more than 20 countries visited performing murals, exhibitions, graffiti, lectures, partnerships, and integrating global programs such as TED Fellows.

In the last years, he has been developing an intense research on materials, collecting residues from the biggest environmental crimes in the country’s history, thus creating his own inputs from these waste products: toxic mud, ashes from forest burning, and oil spilled on the beaches of the northeast.

These residues are transformed into works of denunciation, whether through graffiti, sculptures, canvases, or on the gables of buildings. His latest work, of over 1000m2, pays homage to the forest brigades that put out criminal fires – in a new version of Cândido Portinari’s “O Lavrador de Café”, Mundano uses ashes from the burning of 4 Brazilian biomes: Amazon Forest, Atlantic Forest, Cerrado (savanna), and Pantanal to create this gigantic painting as a symbol against illegal deforestation.

Made in Brasil
Works
Exhibitions views
About the curator
Mundano

Galeria Kogan Amaro Zurique
Rämistrasse 35, 8001 Zürich.
info@galeriakoganamaro.com

Mundano is a Brazilian artist and cultural activist whose works have been seen both in the streets and in museums and galleries. The works in Made in Brazil, his first solo exhibition in Europe, seem at first to be seductive and bitingly amusing. A series of paintings depicts misty forest scenes, while several sculptures appear, on close inspection, to represent beef steaks. But the real subject matter of these highly-charged works is anything but amusing: the clear-cutting and burning of vast swaths of the Amazon rainforest, to create grazing land for cattle whose slaughtered carcasses will be shipped around the world.

“This exhibition is proof of a crime,” says the artist. “Brazil’s cattle population is more than its human population, and we export 80% of the meat.”

With tireless energy, Mundano has devoted himself to a life mission of creating an environmental and social legacy with his art—a mission that has led him, over the last fifteen years, to give lectures, mount exhibitions, and stage interventions in more than forty cities around the world, including Brazil. Much-awarded in the area of public art, human rights, and creativity and digital innovation, Mundano is a TED Fellow and founder of the NGO Pimp My Carroça, which takes its name from a body of Mundano’s work begun in 2007, when the artist began using his painting skills to embellish the wood-and-metal carts, carroças, used by trash collectors in Brazil to haul off junk and recyclables—like the carts used by street people all over the world but rarely noticed in a celebratory way.

Mundano’s art and activism are built on a great tradition advanced by a generation of conceptual artists from the 1980s and 1990s, whose rage over social ills both inspired and empowered them to make ground-breaking artworks. Today, the twenty-first century faces an even more massive crisis– How do we address the very health of Planet Earth?– and a new generation of artists is enraged and engaged. Essential to the DNA of Mundano’s art is community engagement, which promotes the passing on of knowledge, insights, practices, and wisdom to our fellow mortals. What shall our legacy be, asks Mundano through his work, and how can we all practice better stewardship of our beloved world?

Simon Watson

Works

See all

Exhibitions views

About the curator

Simon Watson

Born in Canada and raised between England and the United States, Simon Watson is an independent curator and arts educator based in New York and São Paulo. A thirty-five-year veteran of the cultural scene on three continents, Watson has conceived and curated more than 300 art exhibitions for galleries and museums, and has consulted art collecting programs for numerous institutional and private clients. Over the past three decades, Watson has worked with emerging and under-recognized artists, bringing them to the attention of new audiences. His area of curatorial expertise is identifying visual artists with exceptional potential, many of whom are now internationally recognized in the blue-chip category and are represented by some of the most famous and respected galleries in the world.

Mundano

Using art to mark his social, environmental and political positioning, the São Paulo native MUNDANO has been effectively exercising artivism as a tool for social transformation for over 15 years. An advocate for environmental causes and universal human rights, in 2012 he founded the NGO Pimp My Carroça, and the Cataki app, both aimed at connecting waste generators and recyclable material collectors. The result of his work opened doors to replicate these artivist actions worldwide – more than 20 countries visited performing murals, exhibitions, graffiti, lectures, partnerships, and integrating global programs such as TED Fellows.

In the last years, he has been developing an intense research on materials, collecting residues from the biggest environmental crimes in the country’s history, thus creating his own inputs from these waste products: toxic mud, ashes from forest burning, and oil spilled on the beaches of the northeast.

These residues are transformed into works of denunciation, whether through graffiti, sculptures, canvases, or on the gables of buildings. His latest work, of over 1000m2, pays homage to the forest brigades that put out criminal fires – in a new version of Cândido Portinari’s “O Lavrador de Café”, Mundano uses ashes from the burning of 4 Brazilian biomes: Amazon Forest, Atlantic Forest, Cerrado (savanna), and Pantanal to create this gigantic painting as a symbol against illegal deforestation.