25 Jul – 25 Aug 2018
24 Jul, 7 pm – 10 pm
Kogan Amaro Gallery
Alameda Franca, 1054
Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, SP
Emmathomas shows a unprecedented show of Mundano
In Vozes Mundanas, the artist presents about 40 works between canvases, sculptures and interactive works that reflect current social, political and environmental problems
A wall that separates the real world from a fictitious one. On the one hand, the gray paint in allusion to voices and colors in the streets of São Paulo. On the other, screens, sculptures, objects and installations of vivid and pulsating colors, noises that refer to a series of current problems: from the impacts caused by the water crisis to the issue of refugees in various parts of the globe. This is the tone of Vozes Mundanas, an unpublished exhibition by the artist Mundano curated by Ricardo Resende, which will be presented between July 24th and August 25th at Emmathomas Gallery.
At the front of the space, a sculpture of two meters, constructed with fire extinguishers and gas bottle. It is the one who receives the public, about to cross the Social Wall, a work of great proportions that delimits the exhibition. “It is the separatist wall, the Berlin Wall, from the northe american Preseident Donald Trump, the refugees, the condominium: a separation of distinct realities,” points out Mundano, who defines himself as an artivist, a term that condenses the idea of art as a resource for social revolution.
If on one hand the city shows itself as a cold, almost aseptic environment, on the other, chaos enters the visitor into a playful universe, raising a series of questions. Through the 40 works that make up the exhibition, Mundano proposes a break for awareness and invites the public to resist environmental preservation and human rights causes.
“The great challenge of this exhibition is to maintain or remain with the veins of artivist, integrated and activated in the commercial space of art. To see an artist still willing to express himself, to worry about the other and the collective on the walls of a gallery, is, in fact, a breath when one observes the world in which individualism prevails, banality and competition in human relations, “says curator Ricardo Resende.
The body of the work of Mundano arises from pieces and instruments of reuse that he himself finds in the streets or of what the collectors of recyclable materials offer to him. From this search, the reuse of inputs such as books dating back 100 years or even discarded magazines that, in the hands of the artist, have become collages that deal with waste.
Almost omnipresent in the exhibition, the megaphone, a very common feature of social manifestations, is represented in several works, sometimes amplifying the voice of women, sometimes saving dozens of refugees adrift. The object also appears in “Panelofone” (pot + megaphone), work that makes reference to the “panelaços” (manifestation making sounds with the hit of pots), so present in manifestations not only in Brazil and that today it fell into disuse.
In order to resound the voice of one of the biggest environmental disasters in Brazil, in Mariana (Minas Gerais), in 2016, Mundano used the toxic mud collected on the banks of the Rio Doce in great part of his works – the earthy pigment contrasts with the striking colors characteristic of the artist. The use of waste as a raw material warns of the real consequences, still felt today by the region’s residents.
The cactus, characteristic plant in his production, personifies the Brazilian people, accustomed to resist adversities even with few resources. Constructed from fire extinguishers and faucets, they seek to draw attention to the water crisis that is once again reaching alarming levels in São Paulo and throughout the country.
The exhibition space will still be occupied by a series of sounds and voices that reinforce the tone of protest that permeates the show. The audios that will echo through the works are from the most diverse moments in history, from the military dictatorship to the recent demonstrations of the truck drivers. The trail also covers indigenous demonstrations, religious marches, students and teachers struggling for their rights – all of these voices will be amplified during the show. “They are slogans, cries of worldly voices,” he points out.