Tamar Guimarães: Latent Revolutions

Tamar Guimarães, O Ensaio, film still, 2018. Courtesy of the artist, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo and Dan Gunn, London.
Tamar Guimarães, O Ensaio, film still, 2018. Courtesy of the artist, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo and Dan Gunn, London.
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Tamar Guimarães works with time-based media, exploring situations both residual and contemporary relating to art, architecture, and the institutions that present them. Another, more documentary strand of her work has delved into spectral architecture, ritual effervescence, voice hearing among Spiritists in central Brazil, states of rapture and their intersection with the nation state.

This event brings together artistic practices dealing with the colonial legacies of modernism and its interrelated ecological-climatic dynamics in Brazil, favouring political openness as lens to examine its present. Part of On Translations.

Canoas, 2010

16mm transferred to HD video, colour, sound, 13'

Canoas speaks directly to the social and class structures within the history of modernism. The work follows a fictive festive evening at the historic home Casa das Canoas, built in 1951, a touchstone of Brazilian architecture designed by Oscar Niemeyer to coexist seamlessly with the jungle around the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Filmed from various points of view from home’s servants to guests, the conversations illuminate the failure of modernism’s egalitarian precepts to level the differences between classes.

O Ensaio, 2018

HD video, colour, sound, 53'

A young director invited to propose a project for an exhibition attempts to stage a dramatic adaptation of ‘The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas’, a satirical 19th century novel by Machado de Assis, who, in 1880, foresaw the abolition of slavery that would take place eight years later but added, “here we will see the abolition of slavery but everything will remain the same.” Filmed in the Ibirapuera pavilion designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the Rehearsal is a film about short lived revolutionary actions, institutional memory, and about race and gender relations in Brazil.

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Tamar Guimarães is a visual artist living and working in Copenhagen. Recent solo exhibitions include Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Jeu de Paume Satellite, Paris; Gasworks, London and the IMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Guimarães’ works have been included at the 33rd, 31st and the 29th São Paulo Biennial; the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial; the International Exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennial; among others.

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