From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the 21st Century
A showcase of contemporary Brazilian art and design will be exhibited at London’s Somerset House this summer, as part of a celebration of the culture of Brazil and the country’s upcoming hosting of the next Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The free exhibition, From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the 21st century, showcases the work of 33 artists and designers – both emerging and established – from the country’s five regions, in a range of mediums, including installations, paintings, photography, video and sculpture.
All the work has been created in the last ten years, and this contemporary edge certainly shines through in much of the work, particularly in the surreal design/sculpture manipulations of Zé Carlos Garcia, João Penoni’s body-centric abstract photography, and the surreal, vaguely Dali-ish photo portraits of Berna Reale. Other highlights include the powerful, semi-sociological photographs of Rochelle Costi, and Emmanuel Nassar’s colourful and appealingly rugged paintings (above, in title image).
It’s a bold, often edgy and frequently fascinating collection of work that provides the perfect snapshot of Brazil’s current wealth of artistic talent.
From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the 21st century is open for viewing now, until September 8, 2012, at Somerset House, London.