Presence #2



Introduction by Gustavo Bonfiglioli
Photograph by Hick Duarte
Friday, March 20 - 2015

"Art is not necessarily a manufactured expression"

The Transitory Objects on view at the Marina Abramovic retrospective seem to possess the strongest energy currents. A girl presses her hand on a large piece of black quartz. A man stands beside the aluminum structures and magnets of Time Energizer with his eyes closed. Other Transitory Objects- such as Red Dragon or Chair for Departure- are activated by visitors. A tall man is writing writing something on his phone in the corner.

His name is Alexandre Nino, a 40 year-old designer from Recife, in the northeast of Brazil. He is thinking about crystals and the phenomenal geological, cultural, and spiritual diversity in Brazil, all of which have been popularized when foreign artists like Abramovic introduce them to the mainstream. He gives us his impressions of Terra Comunal - MAI:

"I'm having this mental trip right now, thinking about the amount of interesting cultural elements we have in this country, and how they can be turned to art. Because art is not necessarily a document anymore, a manufactured expression. Art is an idea. In this context, different regional spiritual practices and religions are great elements for artists to use and reframe in their work."

Terra Comunal - MAI is free and open to the public until May 10, 2015 @SESC Pompeia, São Paulo - Brazil.