Néle Azevedo

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Néle Azevedo’s Minimum Monument converses with the long tradition of monument: a landmark earmarked to perpetuate something in the urban space throughout History.
Nevertheless, Néle Azevedo inverts the direction of the inherent exaltation of that tradition and works on the register of the precariousness and the impermanence.The path implies the acceptance that the contemporary experience is partial and ephemeral and no longer everlasting. Traveling to numerous cities around the world, her minute statues of ice perform in the »exalted« urban spaces, instigating a sharp reflection about the tear and the finite that is the life time and the place of the individual within the crowd under the importance of History.
Her statues seem to be entities indifferent to the daily motion of people, to the ordinary appeal of urban advertising and worldly enchantment of the landscape. Therefore, in their cold integrity on refusing the world, those statues give the amazing impression of being more real than human beings to a certain extent. On one hand, human beings are not translucent so, against light, they snuff out. On the other hand, the statues, concentrated on their crystalline interior, continuously inflate a white and blurred cloud inside their bodies of ice like a spine that rises whereas their external shape is consumed. Would there be a better visual translation for the intangible idea of soul?
That is the matter beneath the artist’s work: death as a ritual and mourning as transcendence, that is the possibility of continuation of life. There is the recovery of the notion of »monument« which historic origin is connected to the sacred and funeral rituals—tombs and temples. Her monuments are minimum though. So the movement that establishes the work concerns less to the necessity of perpetuating a collective memory than of the transient individual experience due to the pure presence in a non repeated moment as a sacrificial instant.
Text: Guilherme Wisnik, Translation: Miriam Giovanardi






ETF! in Chile

Curator Adrienne Goehler opened the 16th station of "examples to follow! expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability" on June 9th in Parque Cultural de Valparaiso, Chile. This expeditions counts with the support of Heinrich Böll Foundation Chile, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam (Germany) and Goethe-Institut Chile.

Co-curated by Rodolfo Andaur the Chilean artists Aninat-Swinburn, Natascha de Cortillas, Vania Caro Melo, Claudia Müller, Guisela Munita, and Alejandra Prieto joined the current 62 international artists.

Pictures of the exhibition, that will be opened from 10.6. - 12.8.2017 can be seen here .

The IASS and the Heinrich Böll Foundation Cono Sur (HBS) launched the innovative series of events "mundos sostenbiles" in Chile to foster dialogue at the intersection of the arts, politics, and sustainability. The programme includes discussion panels, workshops, guided tours, performances, and video screenings on a broad range of sustainability topics. The events will be staged at Valparaíso Cultural Park and other sites in the city between 9 June and 13 August, 2017.

The Dialogue Programme in Valparaíso is structured around four thematic axes:

1) “Territories and resources: development models in dispute” (8 – 11 June)

2) “Food sovereignty and the challenges of climate change” (June 29 – July 2)

3) “Water: private property or common property?” (3 – 5August)

4) “Future Cities and Citizens” (10 – 12 August)

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