The Embassy of Brazil and Artists Links bring to Gallery 32 the works of artists and artistic partnerships that have been awarded international art residencies in Brazil and England. Artist Links is a joint initiative between the British Council and Arts Council England that aims to support artistic development through research and to promote individual and collaborative artistic practice. Artists from different backgrounds are exposed to a transnational context and challenged to explore the grounds of the undefined notion of the creative process.
Curated by Caroline Menezes and Roberta Mahfuz, 'Landscapes in Perspective: Artist Links England/Brazil' juxtaposes the work of Fabiano Marques, Matt Lewis and the duos FrenchMottershead and Fernanda Chieco & Victor Lema Riqué to underline reflections resulting from a nexus of cultures. These artists share an interest in the interactive nature of encounters created through artistic investigations and the playful character of their propositions. Their work pursues the unforeseen experiences that emerge from the displacement of individual poetic and critical discourses, rewriting the notion of landscapes into perspective through the mutual relationships between environment, people and the symbolic construction of reality. Using active strategies and game playing, these artists extend their search for code systems: verbal, social and audio codes. In this process, responses from the audience are frequently demanded for their own artistic expression.
The oeuvre of these artists presently articulated may reflect the dynamics of a residency experience, where they unveil and recreate layers of meaning from the landscape they find. As ground is covered, platforms of the unexpected are conveyed. Such trajectories involve moving backwards and forwards through space and time, unfolding into an elastic and continuous development of the creative process. As the nature of the residency itself, the artistic project can progress inwards or outwards in the exploration of particular realms, as the artists draw from their own repertoires and upon the engagement with the perspective of the Other.
For more information on the Artist Links programme visit www.artistlinks.org.uk
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