This year Art Basel Fair brings together 303 galleries from around the world, featuring artists who have contesting contemporary practices.
From June 16th to 19th, another online edition of the Art Basel fair will take place. Entitled Art Basel OVR: Portals, the event will focus on the practices of artists who question the parameters that have shaped our contemporary condition, through current and historical lenses. 303 galleries participate in the fair, 6 of them are Brazilians and part of the project Latitude – Platform for Brazilian Art Galleries Abroad, a partnership between the Brazilian Association of Contemporary Art (ABACT) and the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) . The galleries are: A Gentil Carioca, Central Galeria, Galeria Leme, Galeria Luisa Strina, Galeria Vermelho and Mendes Wood DM.
The theme of the A Gentil Carioca exhibition is ‘Time‘ and features works by artists João Modé, Laura Lima and Rodrigo Torres. In one of the works on display, by Laura Lima, entitled Bosch Picotado, the artist reproduces ‘Temptations of Santo Antão’, by Hieronymus Bosch, painted between 1945 and 1500.
Central Galeria prepared the exhibition ‘Documentos da Barbárie’, a solo project by Lourival Cuquinha, which proposes an investigation into the past that is still present, telling stories from the point of view of subjugated actors and addressing themes such as social exclusion, struggle of indigenous peoples and environment. This is the artist’s debut at Central Galeria, and the public can expect portraits of a violent contemporaneity in the universe of urgent themes in our country, such as the deterioration of the environment, the usurpation of the rights of indigenous peoples and the abandonment of the population in homeless situations.
Galeria Leme presents works by Sandra Gamarra, Jaime Lauriano and Flávio Cerqueira, in the theme ‘The margins are still inside’. The works question concepts of hegemony, especially with regard to marginalization and memory. Audiences will be able to immerse themselves in history and reflect on past uncertainties related to race and identity, learning from what has already happened to better understand what we are living through and better prepare for the future.
Galeria Luisa Strina presents the exhibition ‘La mala hora’, composed of works by artists Jorge Macchi, Magdalena Jitrik, Marcius Galan and Renata Lucas, which present the structure of space-time of the current moment. The works allow us to observe instability, fragility, drift and friction.
Galeria Vermelho brings a solo project by artist Claudia Andujar about the Yanomami indigenous peoples, who live in the Amazon rainforest. Since 1970, the artist has been fighting, through photographic art, to defend these people who are threatened by illegal mining activities. Her records show the shamanic culture of the Yanomami and, with the application of different techniques, bring images with layers, movement, drama and intimacy. The exhibition, entitled ‘A Luta dos Yanomami, has already been to São Paulo (IMS), Milan (Triennale), Paris (Fondation Cartier), and is currently in London (Barbican Centre).
Mendes Wood DM presents eight new works by the French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa, who deconstructed the line between digital and physical realities. Reality and fiction, cause and effect, presence and absence, are the polarities that shape his work. Developing her reflection through sculptures, videos, paintings and installations, Beloufa manages to deconstruct the beliefs of the contemporary system by moving between the real and the imaginary.
Collectors and visitors can view around 800 works in different techniques and periods, and explore virtual routes and parallel programs presented by the exhibitors.
To view the exhibitions, simply enter the event platform: https://www.artbasel.com/ovr