Artist Talk: Erika Verzutti

An installation view of Erika Vertuzzi’s solo exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. Several towering sculptures appear on various sized white plinths in the gallery space. The floor features wood panelling. Fluorescent lighting features overhead.
Erika Verzutti. Installation shot at Nottingham Contemporary, 2021. Photo Stuart Whipps.

Our exhibiting artist, Erika Verzutti discusses her practice with curator, Fernanda Brenner.

Working across bronze, concrete, and papier mâché, Verzutti’s sculptures evolve from a range of sources, including household objects, art historical moments, and her home country, Brazil. In this talk, the artist draws from playful and wide-ranging points of departure, while discussing new and meticulous approaches to combining painting, sculpture, and archaeological form.

About the event

Online. Free. Pre-Recorded.
You can access this event through this webpage and on the Nottingham Contemporary YouTube channel.
There will be captioning for this event.
A transcription will be available for download on this webpage afterwards.
We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.
A recording of the event will be available afterwards.
The duration of the event is one hour. A rest break is not included.

Fernanda Brenner is a curator and writer based in São Paulo, Brazil. She is the founder and artistic director of Pivô, a non-profit art space in São Paulo. In parallel to her work at Pivô, she works as a Latin American art consultant for Kadist Art Foundation, is part of the curatorial team of the Italian art fair Artissima, is a contributing editor of Frieze Magazine and integrates the development committee of the Italian platform Ordet. Recent projects include the solo exhibitions República, Luiz Roque (2020), Avalanche, Katinka Bock (2019), both at Pivô and the group shows A Burrice dos Homens, at Bergamin Gomide gallery, São Paulo (2019), Neither, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2017), co-curating the exhibition Caixa Preta, at Iberê Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre (2018). Her texts have featured a number of publications, including Textwork by the Fondation d'Enterprise Pernod Ricard, Art Review, Terremoto, Mousse, Cahiers d'Art, as well as contributing to national and international institutional catalogues and monographs for the publishing house Cobogó, MASP, Centre Georges Pompidou, Fridericianum and MOCA Detroit.

Erika Verzutti was born in São Paulo, where she lives and works. She has a Bachelors degree in industrial design from the Universidade Mackenzie and a master's degree in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College. Selected solo exhibitions include Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019), Aspen art Museum, Aspen (2019), and Pivô, São Paulo (2016). Selected institutional shows include 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and 32ª Bienal de São Paulo (2016). Her work is present in the collections of Tate Modern, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo and Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo, among others. In her work, Erika Verzutti combines dissimilar elements and styles. She can work with classical materials such as bronze and clay or craftier ones such as papier-mâché and cardboard. Many of her sculptures reveal a special attention to nature through the use of cast fruits and vegetables, other works sources from current matters such as newspaper headlines and internet phenomena.

Supported by: