Wednesday, February 3, 2010

! Brazil !


Livro Sobre a Morte - Installation in progress at MuBE

_I cyberwatch as Angela Ferrara works to install the latest edition of A Book About Death. Um Livro Sobre a Morte opens February 3rd at MuBE, the Museu Brasileiro Da Escultura in São Paulo, Brazil.


_The idea I’m most taken with after seeing pictures of the installation in progress is the uncanny resemblance to a war memorial. The installation shots are very austere; very orderly; and very respectful. While individual pieces may express a range of visual expression from regret and loss to hilarious and wry observation, the overall impact is a collective one. For me, they evoke the orderliness of the Vietnam memorial or Arlington cemetery where the fallen soldier resides.

_This memorial is different. It is not, in particular, for those who have served in battles or war. This memorial is for the ordinary; our common fate, common bond and those highly charged personal battles that we experience as humans. A memorial not of or for a particular group but an exhibit that has come to symbolize the continually growing and evolving creative energy of artists world wide.

Angela Ferrara Introduces Brasil to Um Livro Sobre a Morte

_Many words have been spoken at memorials, great and small over centuries and yet the poignantly simple act of being one of many, visually confronting this subject speaks volumes. It is so easy to miss an individual contribution: the effect is a powerful feeling of numbers… so many images. In most pieces it is difficult to find a signature to identify the artist; yet behind each work is an individual with a compelling story.
_Common subject... common people... heroic struggles.

My original ABAD piece installed at MuBE

__The story continues to expand. A further edition of A Book About Death will be exhibited at MOMA Wales and curated by Sonja Benskin Mesher. This exhibit will feature the original ABAD as well as new “pages”. Gratitude to Matthew Rose whose vision and guidance ha made these exhibitions possible.
‘A BOOK ABOUT DEATH ‘
International art project
THE TABERNACLE
MOMA WALES,
MACHYLLETH
27 APRIL – 8 MAY 2010
CALL FOR WORK ON PAPER
ONE. POSTCARD SIZE
4 X 6 INCHES
BASED ON THE THEME OF DEATH.
ALL WORK IS SUBJECT TO SELECTION.
SEND SMALL JPEGS TO sonja@ sonja-benskin-mesher.com
Deadline for jpegs is 16 March
Successful applicants will be expected to have their cards sent to Sonja by 13 April 2010
Work sent will not be r returned, as it will become part of the ‘Book About Death’ collection held @ MOMA, Wales
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