DE 25/07/2019 - 24/08/2019 A



From July 25 to August 24, Vermelho presents Ka'rãi, the ninth solo exhibition of Dora Longo Bahia in the gallery. Longo Bahia presents drawings, paintings, Augmented Reality works and an object produced in the last 4 years. The title of the exhibition comes from the Tupi language expression to "tear with claws" or "scratch", and is the origin of the word Carcará, which designates the bird of prey that inhabits the center and south of South America.

The Sala Antonio projection room receives the project Cripta [Crypt], proposed by the group Depois do fim da arte [After the end of art], which is composed of participants of the research group of the same name coordinated by Longo Bahia. It is part of the artist's practice to give part of the space of her exhibitions to research groups coordinated by her since 2001, when she included her students in the solo exhibition Quand les attitudes deforment les altitudes, at the Forum D'Art Contemporain in Sierre, Switzerland. The procedure has since been repeated in commercial and institutional exhibitions, such as at the 28th São Paulo Biennial, in 2008, when the group was named Anarcademia.

Dora Longo Bahia _ Ka'rãi

Dora Longo Bahia gathers in Ka'rãi works produced since 2016 where she reflects on the current political conjuncture of Brazil. The title links the Nazi Air Force unit, Condor Legion, which served with the nationalists during the Spanish Civil War, and which was responsible for the bombing of Guernica, Spain, with the Operation Condor. The Operation was a military and political alliance between the CIA of the United States and the military regimes of South America. Ka'rãi, which means "tearing" or "scratching" in the Tupi language and is also the origin of the word carcará, animal that since 2006 is the symbol of ABIN (Brazilian Intelligence Agency). At the time of the change of the symbol, the then director of the agency justified the choice of the animal by saying that the carcará is a bird that has highness, nationalism, acute vision and control of the territory.

Fugue (third voice)

Fugues are polyphonic compositions, where one melody overlaps another. The fugues are structured by a subject, which establishes the main theme of the composition and subsequent voices, which establish variations on the main theme.

In her series of paintings called Fugue (2019), Dora Longo Bahia proposes Augmented Reality experiences where one painting leads to another through the use of an app that reveals covert images. In Ka'rãi are present the subject and the third voice of the series.

Fugue (Subject), installed on the gallery's facade, presents itself as a red brush stroke that, through the Fugue app is replaced by the video of a female face screaming at the entrance of the exhibition. Fugue (third voice) is composed of six vertical canvases with abstract paintings on their front faces. Using the app, the viewer can see portraits that are painted on the back of each screen. While in the first voice the portraits were of women who were forced to leave their countries due to political conflicts or natural disasters, in the second voice the portraits are among the groups most susceptible to becoming victims of violence in Brazil. Now, in the third voice, were portrayed women persecuted, tortured or murdered by the military dictatorships of each of the South American countries that aligned themselves with the United States during Operation Condor (1968-1989): Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil. While using the app, the viewer can read more about each of these political links and their results.

The condor and the carcará

In the two diptychs called The Condor and the Carcará (2019), Longo Bahia juxtaposes the reproduction of a Spanish Civil War rationing coupon card and an updated version of it linked to recent Brazilian politics. Both the front of the cards, with iconography referring to the Spanish war period, as the reverse divided into coupons, were changed to include the current Brazil. Work-installed hinges allow the viewer to manipulate the pieces.

Paraíso - Consolação (Project for Avenida Paulista)

Originally designed to be displayed on banners along Paulista Avenue's central flowerbed, the Paraíso - Consolação (project for Paulista Avenue) (2019) set of drawings reproduces portraits of Amazonian Indians who face the viewer.

A Girl A Gun - American Shot

A Girl A Gun - American Shot set of drawings is based on a collection of images collected by Longo Bahia from movies where women wield weapons. The term american shot, in the cinema, refers to the camera position that frames the actor from the knees up. The plan was popularized in American cinema of the 1930s and 1940s, especially in the Western films, as it could frame the cowboys while drawing their weapon from their holsters. A Girl A Gun - American Shot, consists of 195 of the images collected by Longo Bahia.

Revolutions (Project for calendar)

The set of drawings depicts twelve revolutions in different countries and periods and was designed to become a calendar. The drawings are organized in the monthly sequence in which they occurred.


Fire (2019) portrays in screen prints on aluminum thermal blankets (the same type used by firefighters to help victims during rescues), ten Brazilian cultural institutions that were consumed by fires in the last ten years.


A model made of cellular concrete blocks and Molotov cocktail bottles with different types of gasoline and diesel simulates the stretch of Paulista Avenue (São Paulo) where the Masp (Museum of contemporary art of São Paulo) and the FIESP building are located. Two bottles with ecoline and diesel fuel represent the museum's red pilasters and two bottles with ecoline and different types of gasoline (one green and one yellow) represent the building of the São Paulo State Federation of Industries.

Car wash

Over 98 pages of the pornographic magazine Brazil Pocket Hard, Dora Longo Bahia painted images representing the 84 phases of Operation Car Wash preceding the arrest of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.


Dora Longo Bahia – Ka’rãi
Dora Longo Bahia – Fugue (Subject)
Sala Antonio:
Depois do fim da arte – Cripta

OPENING: July 25, from 8pm to 11pm
EXHIBITION PERIOD: July 25 until August 24 2019

WHERE: Vermelho
Rua Minas Gerais, 350 _ 01244-010 _ São Paulo, SP