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








13th station of the exhibition ETF!
in Lima, Peru

The expedition of ETF! in Lima is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and is supported by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety based on a decision of the German Bundestag. Together with our main partner Goethe-Institut, INTE (Institute of Science for Nature, Territory and Renewable Energies), the Municipality of Lima and assisted by the German Embassy in Lima, EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! will be opening:

on Tuesday 28th of October 2014
at the Museo Metropolitano Lima
Av. 28 de Julio / Parque de Exposicion
Centro Historico de Lima, Peru

Exhibition: 29/10/2014 - 18/01/2015

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examples to follow! expeditions in aesthetic and sustainability is distinguished by the German UNESCO Commission as Decade Project of the UN Decade in Education for Sustainable Development 2014.


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