Angela Lima and Rosangela de Andrade Boss at Brasilea Foundation

Angela Lima and Rosangela de Andrade Boss at Brasilea Foundation


Welcome to the Brasilea Foundation, to our new exhibition with two artists from Curitiba, Rosângela de Andrade Boss
and Angela Lima. This is a cooperation with the 14th Curitiba Biennial. I had the pleasure to attend the 13th biennial two years ago. For two days, the biennial’s director,
Luiz Ernesto Meyer Pereira showed me around, and I’ve gained many new impressions. Then we Then we shortlisted several artists, met with many of them, and finally chose these two artists, Angela und Rosângela, who we show here now in this joint exhibition. The show is entitled Territórios Lúdicos, spanish for Playful Worlds. Here we have a look at the
works by Rosângela. Rosângela lives between two worlds, between Brazil and Switzerland. Since 20 years she lives near Zurich, and constantly oscillates between
the two places, and you can tell from her works. She often takes city walks or forest walks, and collects all kinds of materials that she puts in her pool of materials, which she then uses for her works, and she always takes a camera
with her. Her camera is quite small and inconspicuous,
and that allows her to take pictures, without people noticing. And the works we are seeing here, the Torres, have been realized utilizing this process. Behind me, we see pictures of the Museum Oscar Niemeyer in Curitiba. There she found daring scaffolding structures that the workers used
to renovate the facade, and this has inspired her. The play between equilibrium and imbalance, these two worlds, this would not be possible here, but there, it just works. And it’s these analogies that she
created the Torres from, that was the starting point. And she just drew them, too. We see a second important topic of her here in the background, the three
huge works on paper, which are also collages. Often the topic is the metamorphosis, is nature that overgrows everything, that looks almost chaotic, and she combines these chaotic structures
in various elements and permeates them with these colored elements and creates a mazy game. You can see different things at once, that you didn’t see before. It’s a beautiful game,
the playfulness, this concept, to work with different techniques. She is educated in print, and you can see that clearly in this work. But it’s not linoleum printing,
it’s ink, and it’s a mix of a lot of different techniques. Initially, I’m from Brazil, from Curitiba. I studied visual arts in Brazil. I moved to Switzerland almost 22 years ago I’ve studied at the School of Design, today called the Collage of Art and Design in Zurich. I’ve studied art education,
art history and visual arts, and soon began to exhibit my own work. I originally came from drawing. I focused on drawing and I work on it for a very long time already, with a normal pencil and
ink with a brush. The works we are seeing here at Brasilea Foundation, are drawings, several objects, that I show as part of my installation here. I usually work with clusters, as you can see here, these are pretty good
examples of the works I usually create. My work is very much based on the idea of the narrative. That’s why I often work with photography, which is really a foundation
of my work. I work with a collection of photos for quite a long time already. I love to take photos. Wherever I go, I usually bring my photo camera, because I love to take photos of people, and I use a large zoom lens, as I don’t want them to realize being photographed. I also always bring a very small camera, to shoot really trivial scenes
of everyday life, and from these I build a collection. I have a collection of more than
1000 pictures that I use again and again, to further develop my work. Due to the narrative nature
of my work, it’s very important to me, to show not only the drawings, but also the photos, as an ensemble. So here there’s the installation “Minha casa é meu corpo”, My House is My Body. It shows our relationship to our our body and our surroundings. This group of works is about the Palafitas, these are houses that are built near the sea, in very humid areas of Brazil. These houses stand on very wobbly feet, on stilts, so that
you almost think that’s impossible, they have no base. They’re such delicate structures. And it’s with these structures that I work, not only with the works on this floor, but also with the artworks that are on display on the upper floor. I also exhibit a group of works that I began working on 6 months ago, works made with liquid porcelain. I had an exhibition at the
Monastery of Muri. There, I showed the porcelain works for the first time, together with landscape paintings that I created for the Muri Monastery. They are made of simple things, found objects, which I used for these assemblages. The materials can be potato chips, pasta, or a piece of wood. These are assemblages with really a lot of
different materials. I used these materials to create a sculpture, and then the sculpture is covered with liquid porcelain
from Limoges, and finally fired at 1200 degrees. Behind me, you see works by the artist Angela Lima. This whole area is Angela Lima. She is from Curitiba, she lives there. We have invited her to bring part of her works for this exhibition, and the other part of the works, such as the works behind me, she produced on location here in Basel. She’s been here about a month now, and these works on aluminum show a lot about her oeuvre. Angelas background is fashion, she used a lot of different techniques, and she is extremely interested in film. This interest in film is clearly visible, in these pieces she works with
different film sequences, it’s not just one image, but for her, the works are only complete, if they consist of three, four or five sequences. And in these works, she tried to go back to her childhood, and find the happy, funny moments of her childhood. She is convinced that you can’t create anything without subconsciously including your past. And she does exactly that and
applies a kind of filter, she works with these lines, that are
like a curtain, behind which she digs out various things. There are areas that she deliberately leaves blank, she intentionally
leaves one side open, so that, according to her, the beholder has the possibility to penetrate into the picture. I think that works very well, some parts are half concealed, you have to go right on a search. We’ve been talking a lot about her works. Some things she left open for interpretation, other things she explained to me. The works that she created here in Basel are very beautiful. And then she also shows classic painting, with very concise colors, specific positions. There are these children with shoes for adults that are far too big, the children still have to grow into them. They are works about which she says that as a child you actually experience everything in a playful way. You have to find your
position in this life. You don’t know exactly
where you belong yet. Do the shoes fit me now,
do they not fit me yet, when do they fit me or
will they not fit me at all? And also this piece in the back, this pink work, where you dig like in the dirt and have to understand this
whole life bit by bit. These are all playful moments. Many parents know this situation, if you really let these words
melt on your tongue, this understanding, you touch something and at some point you understand, that is sand, that is wood. It’s this playful approach. And Rosângela as well as Angela, the both combine many different techniques and that is basically this playful approach. My name ist Angela Lima,
I’m in Switzerland, here at the Brasilea Foundation, I have
been here for 30 days for an artistic residence preparing this exhibition, which
the opening is today and I’d like to talk a little bit about my process,
how this career happened, how this career started.
I come from product design arts. I have produced fashion for
a few years and my artistic career is very recent. I have
produced fashion for many years, I even used to produce it for C&A and
then I moved on to product design. I worked a few years as a product designer
and what happened was that the aesthetics, just the aesthetics, I felt
deeply, like I felt inadequate in many situations in my
life and with the poetic work I found in art I went on to build an artistic career
I went to study, graduated in fine arts, I studied art for 2/3 years in Parque Lage with
Professor Charles Watson who is an ex professor at the University of
London born in Ireland, in professor at the University of
London born in Ireland, in Scotland actually and I had a,
I prepared myself… like, quite, quite intensively. During the process… My work is a work in which the figure of the child, the toys
are constantly present. I am always asked what makes me work
with those images. Listening recently to a podcast
of Anselm Grün, he’s a German, he’s a Benedictine monk
and he has said that when you, you want to seek your truths, you go back to your
inner child. And that made my process very clear to me. The children, they
appear and many times I wanted to escape myself from those images and I couldn’t.
I’ve always been a very intense person in what I do and suddenly when I got
myself into art, I was dealing with seemingly fragile figures, which is
the child, which are toys, things very, very much considered to be
small and this I didn’t think this was for me, this path and, in seeking
to that enlightenment, this search, this encounter with mine,
with my research, I saw that in order to find yourself, to find your
truths, you must to back to your inner child. And that ends up bringing
the work to a more mature place.

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