Beto Shwafaty

Dirty Abstractions

Screen printing on textile, MDF, reliefs in reinforced concrete. 2015
Dimensions: concrete slab 62 x 62 x 6 cm; screen printing on fabric streched over mdf 56 x 38 cm.

The 3  independent parts evoke, each, moments in the history of the Edise building  – the Petrobras headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. Newspaper clippings act as both documents and interpretations of the sociopolitical cycles that the company went through, and become witnesses of the formation of public opinion about the building and the company (via print journalism). In a first piece we see the development promises, to then observe the building plans and urbanism in the second piece, to finally realize the collapse of those promises of progress and expansion cycles linked to that redevelopment area. The confrontation between these public readings about the building, which instill connotations and readings to the building and the company, and the apparent self-sufficiency of the abstract reliefs (which means nothing a priori) are the main axis of these works: how something that means nothing (aesthetical forms, reliefs) may receive several interpretations through the sociopolitical contexts in which it is communicated.

Exhibited at:
Contract of Risk, at Luisa Strina’s Gallery, 2015.

 

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