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...Nasce em Barra Mansa, 1962..., Mestre em Linguagens Visuais EBA/UFRJ, artista de ações visuais, vem nos últimos anos realizando ações e acontecimentos em arte contemporânea.
Trabalha especificamente com a urgência urbana, aquilo que precisa ser feito, dito, exposto, visualizado; "aqui e agora"...JÁ É!!!!
Em 2001, lava as ruas de Santa Teresa com água vermelha (cor de sangue): O QUE ROLA VCV, dialogando diretamente com a violência urbana, dando origem a Série GUERRA é GUERRA; em seguida, em 2002 ateia fogo em 1.500 metros de trilho do Bonde de Santa Teresa: FOGO CRUZADO, continuando com o diálogo.
Fogo Cruzado, Santa Teresa, 2002 foto: Wilton Montenegro
Em 2003, fazendo parte da mesma série, realiza A SANGUE FRIO, onde espalhou pela cidade pedras de gelo com corante vermelho embaladas em cobertores como os usados pelos meninos de rua. As pedras, ao derreterem com o corante, simulavam uma criança ferida e deitada nas calçadas do Centro do Rio de Janeiro.
Em 2004 realiza: NIMBO/OXALÁ: com 20 extintores de incêndio e vinte artistas, todos de branco, acionando os extintores ao mesmo tempo, formando uma gigantesca nuvem, próximo de um cogumelo atômico, que envolve os artistas e desaparece se misturando ao céu..
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...Born in 1962 in Barra Mansa, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, Master’s in Visual Languages (EBA/UFRJ), visual action artist, in recent years performing contemporary art actions and happenings.
Works specifically with urban urgency, what needs to be done, said, exposed, viewed; “here and now” "...DONE!!!
In 2001, he washed the streets of Santa Teresa neighbourhood with red-tinted water (colour of blood): O QUE ROLA VCV (What gives), in direct dialogue with urban violence, originating the WAR is WAR series, followed in 2002 by setting fire to 1,500 metres of the Santa Teresa tram rails: CROSSFIRE, continuing with the dialogue.
Crossfire, Santa Teresa, 2002 photo: Wilton Montenegro
In 2003, as part of the same series, undertook SANGFROID, where he spread through the city red-tinted ice cubes wrapped in blankets like those used by street kids. When the ice cubes began to melt with the dye, they looked like an injured child lying on the pavements in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
In 2004 did NIMBO/OXALÁ, using 20 fire extinguishers and twenty actors, all dressed in white, simultaneously setting off the extinguishers to form a huge cloud like an atomic mushroom, which covers the players and disappears into the sky...
Nimbo Oxalá, Uchuaia, End of the World Biennial, 2009 Photo: Juan Guerra
In 2005 in Paris produced "FUMACÊ DO DESCARREGO" (Purifying Fumigation), a unique version, with a chimney of pinwheels fumigating the city with rosemary, benzoin and lavender. That same year creates "WALKING ON EGGS", a truly gigantic "rite” (ebó) with 3,200 eggs; 28 local actors walking on eggs on the Ministries Esplanade in Brasilia DF. In 2006 in the streets of Santa Teresa created: "TREME TERRA" (Earth Shaking) with Aderbal de Ashogum, building sound sculptures with 50 atabaques (tall Afro-Brazilian hand drums) from eight Candomblé centres (Afro-Brazilian religion) in Baixada Fluminense (counties close to Rio de Janeiro).
Fumacê do Descarrego (Purifying fumigation), Paris, 2005 Photo: David Nunes
Walking on eggs, Brasilia, 2005 Photo: Sandra Guerra
Treme-terra (Earth shaking), Santa Teresa, 2006 Photo: Wilton Montenegro
In 2007 made an interference inside the Imperial Palace of Petropolis, specifically in Princess Isabel’s music room, THE CROWN’S FUNK, where he sticks giant site posters on the doors of the room to transform the outside landscape into the Morro da Corôa (a Rio favela – the Crown’s Hill). At the same time, the background music is Funk Proibidão that would play at all the local dances in Rio favelas.
Funk da coroa (Crown’s funk), Imperial Museum of Petropolis, 2007 Photo: Wilton Montenegro
With RRADIAL Collective, created some actions that have become part of the Rio de Janeiro city imagery, such as, for example, "Fumacê do Descarrego" that has been held for the past eight years since the Resistance Colloquy. With the IMAGINÁRIO PERIFÉRICO collective, he presented the possibility of several exhibitions throughout Rio de Janeiro city's periphery. And today around 350 actors participate in this collective, mostly from the suburbs and interior of Rio State.
Easy target, Porto Portugal, 2008 Photo: Ernesto Nicolaievsky
He won the MARCANTONIO VILAÇA PRIZE in 2006, and in 2008 was awarded the IBERÊ CAMARGO SCHOLARSHIP, staying for two months in the city of Porto. There he created “EASY TARGET”, a target of fire built with three barrels of oil on clothes donated by local dwellers, in the meadow of the Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal, at the opening of TRAMA – Festival of Performance Art.
In 2009, in the Het Domein Museum in the town of Sittard, in southern Holland, produced a “war” using PAINTBALL, paraphrasing the counter-strike game against the civil war of the Rio hill slums.