Carla Zaccagnini, The sea you see will never be the sea I’ve seen, 2017. Glass bottles and twigs. Courtesy Galeria Vermelho.
Carla Zaccagnini: Mise en Abyme
Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado: Community [and the other process]
Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain: 27 rue de Fleurus
June 6–July 1, 2017
Rua Minas Gerais, 350
01244010, São Paulo, SP
Hours: Monday–Friday 10am–7pm,
T +55 11 3138 1520
Carla Zaccagnini: Mise en Abyme (room 1)
Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain: 27 rue de Fleurus (room 2)
Community [and the other process] by Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado (Sala Antonio—projection room)
Year: 2016. Duration: 9 minute loop. Ration: suitable for all ages. Seating capacity: 35.
Mise en Abyme, by Carla Zaccagnini is formed by the installation The sea you see will never be the sea I’ve seen that is based on a twist, or subversion, of an established knowledge or practice: the artisanal tradition of putting ships inside bottles, a practice that goes back to the 18th century.
Ships inside bottles are always triumphal vessels, caravels of conquistadors and explorers, or merchant or pirate ships, which emulate the ships of those who told the story of voyages of the so-called Age of Discovery.
Zaccagnini sought to represent another type of watercraft—rafts, like those used by some indigenous peoples, or those that might be constructed by a shipwrecked castaway. Zaccagnini’s rafts in bottles were also made by hand, one by one, based on found twigs.
The 200 bottles, now inhabited by rafts, come from a collection of empty bottles begun by the artist in 1998 and nurtured for 15 years. For Zaccagnini, each raft inside each bottle is the news of a possible shipwreck or a possible rescue.
In Community [and the other process], Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado propose a speculation on order and chaos, containment and dispersion, individual and collective, submission and rebellion, here and there. In this game of opposition, the project is composed of two videos: a film and an animation—figuration and abstraction. Community is presented as a fractured image of the Brazilian social contract, always ready to break apart, stable in its instability.
The more recent partnership between Marcelle and Mata Machado can be currently seen in the video NAU/ NOW, which is part of the installation Hunting Ground, by Cinthia Marcelle, now being shown in the Brazilian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Community [and the other process] is a coproduction of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève for the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2016, with support from the Fonds d’Art Contemporain (FMAC) and the Fonds d’Art Contemporain (FCAC) (both of Geneva), from Faena Art, from In Between Art Film and from the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD).
For 27 rue de Fleurus Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain developed a writing system called Cubic that they applied to poems from the book Tender Buttons, by Gertrude Stein. The artists then used the chromatic schema from the paintings of Stein’s art collection located at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris.
Angela Detanico and Rafal Lain have been developing a series of alphabets since the early 2000s, which take the hybridism between design and art they deal with in their production and ally this with traditions such as concrete poetry, which sought to give form to the word.