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






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The 17th edition of ETF will open on April 18th, at 6pm um 18:00 in Bonn.

Venue:
Ehemalige Volkshochschule
Kasernenstraße 50
53111 Bonn

Duration: 19.4.-10.6.2018

Partner:
#17Ziele, a project by Engagement Global
and German Development Institut in Kollaboration with SDSN Germany

Made possible by:
Fonds Nachhaltigkeitskultur des Rats für Nachhaltige Entwicklung

A contribution to the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) 2018 and the German Sustainability Action Days 2018 (30.5.-5.6.)

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17. Exhibition-Station Bonn 2018

Many thanks also to Deutsche Telekom AG, Beethoven Foundation Bonn, Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Bonn and Kunstmuseum Bonn.