Marcelo Moscheta does not live in São Paulo. Instead, he works in a studio in Campinas, a city one hour away from the state‘s capital, and a much quieter place far away from all the hectic and craziness of São Paulo, which makes it easier to concentrate. Marcelo and I decide to do the studio visit in a different way. We meet at MariAntonia in downtown São Paulo instead, the exhibition space of the University of São Paulo (USP), where he is having the solo show “Mare Incognitum”.
Marcelo has been given his own separate exhibition space, which he occupies with different pieces that create their own atmosphere, cut off from the rest of the building. Here, he creates stories around the subject of water. All the pieces in the show deal with notions of water, research about shipwrecks, expeditions, and desire in this context.
The circular installation “Círculo Polar Ártico” (Arctic Polar Circle - 2007) consists of small aluminium devices into which photos of Arctic perpetual ice have been introduced. Or so it seems, because at closer sight, the photos were clearly not taken in the Arctic but rather in a constructed situation: the natural ice we imagine to see on the pictures really are differently shaped ice cubes, taken from someone‘s freezer. And so Marcelo tells me that this is also the reason why he uses these plain and simple light boxes, whose cables are not hidden away but covering the floor below the installation. He does not aim at hiding any of the backdrop or props of his works, and thereby takes away our doubts of whether what we see really is a constructed situation, but rather makes it appear more authentic.
Saturday, 11. December 2010
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