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Semana de Arte Mundana

São Paulo
12 Feb – 26 Mar, 2022

Mundane Art Week 2022
Mundano

Mundane Art Week 2022
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Mundano

Galeria Kogan Amaro São Paulo
Alameda Franca, 1054
Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, SP
info@galeriakoganamaro.com

100 years after the week that forever marked Brazilian art, that modernity that has broken the barriers of time is now seen as living past, as told by heroic interpreters who experienced a different reality, within which they’ve acknowledged our own culture and portrayed us as we actually were in the Brazilian daily life of yesteryear. In doing so, they’ve sown the seeds of what came to be a New Art.

Through whirlwinds and storms, these seeds sprouted into a strong exuberant tree that has branched out into art movements and ministries and earned their place and laws in their own right. This resilience flourished, bringing recognition and cultural appreciation for contemporary art achievements.

“THE SLEEPING GIANT AWOKE”, dozed off for a minute, and then woke up to the major task of ironing out difficulties, containing dams and supporting the mountains of our historically colonized “ungovernment” on the verge of collapse.

Over the last few years, throughout a peak in deforestation in the Amazon, our representatives made use of tractors, dragging chains*and destroying the forest. Our Art/Culture tree has not been spared. All that’s left of its trunk is the image of a bleeding brazier** within vast grasslands/soy fields/butcher shops… A transgenic landscape.

For millennia, we’ve been warned “the end is near”, yet we considerably speed up the process. And, in case human extinction actually takes place, through this manifest I wish for our creations – those artworks of today or even their ashes – to dissipate in the air and resonate through the uni-verse, turning into astral energy, pollen and seeds, causing New Civilizations to sprout, awakening Mutual Awareness, blooming into a new world, filled with everything for which we Now yearn.

EVEN IF THE WORLD COMES TO AN END, LET’S MAKE IT COUNT!

MUNDANE ART WEEK devises a reflection upon the history of a TRUE CONTEMPORARY BRAZIL, led by its own makers. CONTEMPORARY ART is a cause, a struggle and it plays a role.

THE FUTURE ASKS FOR HELP!

We no longer want Gold. On a quest for glitz and power, a lot of blood (and mercury) was shed, we’ve destroyed rivers and fucked it all up. We no longer want bloodshed, fur coats, leather clothes, sirloin, large herds, deforestation, plastic, packaging, brands, logos. ENOUGH!

WE’RE THE TRIBE OF THE FUTURE

Rather, we want jewelry made of PET bottles, can seals and bottle caps. What’s actually chic is eating organics, wearing colored beads, indigenous accessories, regional handicrafts, art made from waste, grandma-designed dishrags, ancestral knits, and whatever is created and/or reproduced in a wholehearted manner.

What’s actually cool is to be empathetic, to see Jesus in everyone, to roll down the car window and still wish the invisible John Doe a nice day, despite not giving him any change. Getting noticed and feeling Human is the first step – the basics – for our species’ R-evolution. Being someone means being hopeful and having plans, and all one needs for that is a chance.

It’s not often that Thiago Mundano comments on his own achievements. He’s been lauded as the ambassador of Kindness. No matter who he’s talking to, he’s a straight shooter. Mundano doesn’t waver and is always on point, with the strength and confidence to look you in the eyes.

MUNDANO IS WORLDWIDE.

A soldier for general welfare in a peaceful army, a warrior for bright colors, rough strokes and catchphrases, “matting” the real-life picture through a planned apocalypse.

He’s the voice of our people echoing throughout the planet, conveying a message and establishing a legacy, planting the R-evolution flag in the minds of all those who see him and are touched by such causes and E-facts.

As an artist of today, generous Mundane Mundano transcends the spiritual in art through creation in collective communion, an Integrated Artivism that uses a bullhorn to shout, state, vindicate and point towards making a difference for a better newness!

SAY NO TO RULES!

May our VOICES resonate through the hourglasses of time, and Mundane Veracity come out unveiled, and let us understand once and for all that we’ve still got a chance and we can do a lot, differently, we can make a difference…

SIMPLY BEING THE SIMPLE BEING.

Marcos Ramos Enivo

Friend / Artivist / Curator at A7MA Galeria

Works

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The Environmental-Climate Manifesto presented by Mundano takes us on a tour among the ashes of forest fires, the mud from Brumadinho’s tragedy, and the oil spilled on the Northeast region which, once combined to objects, pigments and annatto, create a narrative in which the planet’s emergency becomes an entity who’s about to devour us. Having had a background on the collection of discarded waste and objects, as well as in artivism in the city of São Paulo, the artist now presents us the ruins of a tragic Brazil, establishing a network of connections that showcase the reality away from Brazilian urban centers.

Born in São Paulo, in 1986, Mundano introduces himself as an artivist and an objector of this system that makes cities unsustainable and environment degradation natural, which makes it interesting to think of his work in the Pimp My Ride movement, as well as recycling and big cities’ social issues; a work which currently strengthens the debate outside big cities, in forests, oceans and rivers from which he collects his work material and elaborates his critique. Works such as the “Reflorestar” (Reforesting) series make us think about what’s left once a forest is burned to the ground – the ashes being an index of how capitalist society places little value on biodiversity and forest protection. While using the ashes to paint little tree seedlings, the artist awakens a duty within us all to plant new trees. Maybe this way we can reforest atop the ruins of the fire.

The series “Brigadista” (Brigader) and “Ativistas Assassinados” (Murdered Activists) are an acknowledgement of those who have always been willing to struggle for life and for the environment. Acknowledging these people is, at once, a tribute and a wakeup call for the necessity of supporting them. If nothing is done, in the future the forest will be “Troncos de Carne” (Flesh Logs), a series that blows the whistle on agribusiness advances over the forest. The exhibition showcases the artist’s multiversity in which the Environmental Manifesto is presented in painting, engraving, printing and recycled objects. The transformation of destruction into artivism creates a possibility for bringing together different rhetorics and materials, such as whether artists actually help remedy climate emergency or they’re just playing an institutional role in feeding capitalism, or even whatever each one of us living in cities can do to help protecting Brazilian biodiversity. Finally, Semana de Arte Mundana is bulit upon the debate on Modernism taking place this year and not so much on the impacts of modernity, which moves forward in full swing, trampling upon people, animals and plants.

Denilson Baniwa

Exhibitions views

Video

Mundano

Using art to mark his social, environmental and political positioning, 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.

Mundane Art Week 2022
Works
Exhibitions views
Video
Mundano

Galeria Kogan Amaro São Paulo
Alameda Franca, 1054
Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, SP
info@galeriakoganamaro.com

100 years after the week that forever marked Brazilian art, that modernity that has broken the barriers of time is now seen as living past, as told by heroic interpreters who experienced a different reality, within which they’ve acknowledged our own culture and portrayed us as we actually were in the Brazilian daily life of yesteryear. In doing so, they’ve sown the seeds of what came to be a New Art.

Through whirlwinds and storms, these seeds sprouted into a strong exuberant tree that has branched out into art movements and ministries and earned their place and laws in their own right. This resilience flourished, bringing recognition and cultural appreciation for contemporary art achievements.

“THE SLEEPING GIANT AWOKE”, dozed off for a minute, and then woke up to the major task of ironing out difficulties, containing dams and supporting the mountains of our historically colonized “ungovernment” on the verge of collapse.

Over the last few years, throughout a peak in deforestation in the Amazon, our representatives made use of tractors, dragging chains*and destroying the forest. Our Art/Culture tree has not been spared. All that’s left of its trunk is the image of a bleeding brazier** within vast grasslands/soy fields/butcher shops… A transgenic landscape.

For millennia, we’ve been warned “the end is near”, yet we considerably speed up the process. And, in case human extinction actually takes place, through this manifest I wish for our creations – those artworks of today or even their ashes – to dissipate in the air and resonate through the uni-verse, turning into astral energy, pollen and seeds, causing New Civilizations to sprout, awakening Mutual Awareness, blooming into a new world, filled with everything for which we Now yearn.

EVEN IF THE WORLD COMES TO AN END, LET’S MAKE IT COUNT!

MUNDANE ART WEEK devises a reflection upon the history of a TRUE CONTEMPORARY BRAZIL, led by its own makers. CONTEMPORARY ART is a cause, a struggle and it plays a role.

THE FUTURE ASKS FOR HELP!

We no longer want Gold. On a quest for glitz and power, a lot of blood (and mercury) was shed, we’ve destroyed rivers and fucked it all up. We no longer want bloodshed, fur coats, leather clothes, sirloin, large herds, deforestation, plastic, packaging, brands, logos. ENOUGH!

WE’RE THE TRIBE OF THE FUTURE

Rather, we want jewelry made of PET bottles, can seals and bottle caps. What’s actually chic is eating organics, wearing colored beads, indigenous accessories, regional handicrafts, art made from waste, grandma-designed dishrags, ancestral knits, and whatever is created and/or reproduced in a wholehearted manner.

What’s actually cool is to be empathetic, to see Jesus in everyone, to roll down the car window and still wish the invisible John Doe a nice day, despite not giving him any change. Getting noticed and feeling Human is the first step – the basics – for our species’ R-evolution. Being someone means being hopeful and having plans, and all one needs for that is a chance.

It’s not often that Thiago Mundano comments on his own achievements. He’s been lauded as the ambassador of Kindness. No matter who he’s talking to, he’s a straight shooter. Mundano doesn’t waver and is always on point, with the strength and confidence to look you in the eyes.

MUNDANO IS WORLDWIDE.

A soldier for general welfare in a peaceful army, a warrior for bright colors, rough strokes and catchphrases, “matting” the real-life picture through a planned apocalypse.

He’s the voice of our people echoing throughout the planet, conveying a message and establishing a legacy, planting the R-evolution flag in the minds of all those who see him and are touched by such causes and E-facts.

As an artist of today, generous Mundane Mundano transcends the spiritual in art through creation in collective communion, an Integrated Artivism that uses a bullhorn to shout, state, vindicate and point towards making a difference for a better newness!

SAY NO TO RULES!

May our VOICES resonate through the hourglasses of time, and Mundane Veracity come out unveiled, and let us understand once and for all that we’ve still got a chance and we can do a lot, differently, we can make a difference…

SIMPLY BEING THE SIMPLE BEING.

Marcos Ramos Enivo

Friend / Artivist / Curator at A7MA Galeria

Works

View all

The Environmental-Climate Manifesto presented by Mundano takes us on a tour among the ashes of forest fires, the mud from Brumadinho’s tragedy, and the oil spilled on the Northeast region which, once combined to objects, pigments and annatto, create a narrative in which the planet’s emergency becomes an entity who’s about to devour us. Having had a background on the collection of discarded waste and objects, as well as in artivism in the city of São Paulo, the artist now presents us the ruins of a tragic Brazil, establishing a network of connections that showcase the reality away from Brazilian urban centers.

Born in São Paulo, in 1986, Mundano introduces himself as an artivist and an objector of this system that makes cities unsustainable and environment degradation natural, which makes it interesting to think of his work in the Pimp My Ride movement, as well as recycling and big cities’ social issues; a work which currently strengthens the debate outside big cities, in forests, oceans and rivers from which he collects his work material and elaborates his critique. Works such as the “Reflorestar” (Reforesting) series make us think about what’s left once a forest is burned to the ground – the ashes being an index of how capitalist society places little value on biodiversity and forest protection. While using the ashes to paint little tree seedlings, the artist awakens a duty within us all to plant new trees. Maybe this way we can reforest atop the ruins of the fire.

The series “Brigadista” (Brigader) and “Ativistas Assassinados” (Murdered Activists) are an acknowledgement of those who have always been willing to struggle for life and for the environment. Acknowledging these people is, at once, a tribute and a wakeup call for the necessity of supporting them. If nothing is done, in the future the forest will be “Troncos de Carne” (Flesh Logs), a series that blows the whistle on agribusiness advances over the forest. The exhibition showcases the artist’s multiversity in which the Environmental Manifesto is presented in painting, engraving, printing and recycled objects. The transformation of destruction into artivism creates a possibility for bringing together different rhetorics and materials, such as whether artists actually help remedy climate emergency or they’re just playing an institutional role in feeding capitalism, or even whatever each one of us living in cities can do to help protecting Brazilian biodiversity. Finally, Semana de Arte Mundana is bulit upon the debate on Modernism taking place this year and not so much on the impacts of modernity, which moves forward in full swing, trampling upon people, animals and plants.

Denilson Baniwa

Exhibitions views

Video

Mundano

Using art to mark his social, environmental and political positioning, 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.