The Pinacoteca of São Paulo, managed by the State of São Paulo Culture and Creative Economy Department, presents the show Marepe: estranhamente comum (Marepe: Oddly Common) from July 27 to October 28, 2019. Curated by Pedro Nery, the museum’s curator, it is the artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition in São Paulo and aims to present a comprehensive view of his path, which began in the 1990s. A set of 30 artworks evoke poetic personal memories deeply intertwined with the town where he was born. The exhibition is sponsored by Credit Suisse and Engeform and is supported by the Federal Government’s Cultural Incentives Law and São Paulo City’s Cultural Projects Support Program.
Marepe (Marcos Reis Peixoto) was born in 1970 in Santo Antônio de Jesus, situated in the Recôncavo Baiano district of the state of Bahia. The Recôncavo lies to the east of All-Saints Bay and connects the inland sertão and the sea. As such, it has become an important trade route for all kinds of goods, from building materials to foodstuffs. It is from this coming and going of people and objects and from his own family’s history that the artist extracts and crafts his works.
In this process, Marepe draws upon procedures that recur in contemporary art, such as gathering objects and removing them from their daily purposes. His works, however, open up to speculative dimensions in that they shift the scale, form and meaning of locally-found materials to create dreamlike items. To organize his retrospective exhibition, the curator has highlighted three verbs or symbolic actions which the artist has constantly resorted to in his own path: Moving, Transforming and Condensing. Nery explains: ‘These verbs are not conceived as a closed set, but as guiding elements that allow us to deepen the symbolic outlook suggested by the works themselves.’
The heading Moving subsumes works that show, for instance, the key action that underlies Marepe’s practice, i.e. removing the object from its usual circuit – commercial, urban or productive – and inserting it in the artistic realm. What he moves, though, are not mere objects, but things that relate to his past and life as it goes on around him. From this has been derived the idea of mobility as a structural axis of the artworks presented in this context, such as Change (2005) and Built-In Recôncavo (2003). Made from wooden furniture and presented together, they rethink the movement of the forms themselves and of the lives of people in their precarious comings and goings.
Marepe: Oddly Common
Curated by Pedro Nery
Opening: July 27, 2019, Saturday, 11 am
Open for Visitation: From July 27 to October 28, 2019
Wednesdays-Mondays, from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Visitors may stay inside until 6 pm.
Pina Estação – Largo General Osório, 66, 4º andar – Luz – São Paulo – Brazil
Free entry every day.
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