International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2014

Joana Vasconcelos, Casarão

Casa Triângulo, São Paulo (Brasil)

01.04 - 10.05.2014

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Press release

The exhibition Casarão marks Joana Vasconcelos’s return to Casa Triângulo, a decade after her last show in this gallery, and after the recent success of the exhibitions realized at Château de Versailles and at the Venice Biennale. The youngest artist and first woman to exhibit in Versailles returns to Brazil, six years after Contaminação [Contamination], a monumental intervention presented at the Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo.


Casarão proposes the invasion of the gallery’s space by a group of faience animals, designed by one of the most renowned Portuguese artists of the 19th century, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905). Joana Vasconcelos appropriates some of the animals belonging to Bordalo’s vast bestiary, presenting them ambiguously protected, or imprisoned/domesticated, by a sensual, crochet mesh.

Bathroom equipment serves the works
Medusa and Água Viva. The first presents itse lf in the form of a small washbasin through which extensions of unusual volumes in crochet pass and go through. Água Viva exhibits two shower heads installed on the wall, linked toge ther by festive textile sleeves in suspension, as if escaping from where once we would see water fall. They are perhaps the bowels of architecture or the viscera of our domestic intimacy, metamorphosed into textiles that challenge the rational order of the architectonic space.

Three boxes –
Catuaba, Delícia and Cravo e Canela – covered by azulejos (Portuguese tiles), are placed on the wall at our eye’s height, like paintings that once assumed themselves as windows, open to the world. Abstract, textile volumes burst from their interior; unrecognizable forms, but which the materials, textures and techniques we identify.

Sarabande challenges the limits between painting and sculpture, body and landscape, the figurative and the abstract. Through an exuberant frame, of Baroque inspiration, colored, crochet forms escape, insinuating an uneven terrain, or voluminous bodies of an uncommon burlesque universe, of domestic sense.

The popular electronic game Tetris gives name to the series where the work
Aquarela is inscribed. The parallelepiped volumes, covered by azulejos, are crossed and serpentined by various crochet tubes and
protuberances. The rigidity of the ceramics is invaded by malleable organic, textile forms, in a happy encounter of opposites, united by color.

Joana Vasconcelos summons and crosses the apparent singularities of different popular cultures, conferring them universal range. Casarão – title taken from the second Brazilian soap opera transmitted in Portugal in the 70’s, where two Portuguese actors shone - offers us the domestic as an area of meeting and of confrontation between the private and the public, masculine and feminine, artisanal and industrial, popular and erudite culture; and Joana Vasconcelos is the hostess that welcomes us
in this familiar place, yet ironically defying all the programmed
routines of everyday life.

Joana Vasconcelos, Casarão, Casa Triângulo, São Paulo

Exhibition 1st April - 10 May 2014. Casa Triângulo, Rua Pais de Araújo 77 (Itaim bibi) - São Paulo (Brasil). Tel.: +55 11 31675631. Opening hours : Tuesday -Saturday 11am-7pm.

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