Rosângela Rennó

DE 22/08/2014 - 13/09/2014 A



In her solo show, Rosângela Rennó (51) is presenting three new works being shown for the first time in Brazil.

Consisting of six digital prints on pure silk organza, the series Insólidos [Unsolid] (2014) was created on the basis of four images. In the series, Rennó lends continuity to her research into the uncommon aspect of family photographs (which in 2005 gave rise to the series Frutos Estranhos), emphasizing the notion of how the perception of the images is altered when they are displayed on different and unusual supports.

Insólidos reveals images of mysterious places or of curious actions printed on various layers of pure silk organza, giving rise to a three-dimensional effect through superposition. The artist creates an interplay between transparency and opaqueness, between the flat surface of the traditional/analog photographs and the “photographic body,” which nowadays, in the digital era, is bereft of volume.
In the series Operação Aranhas/Arapongas/Arapucas, triptychs are formed based on the association of images made by three different photographers, at specific times and events. Twelve photographs were made by José Inacio Parente during the protest march known as the Passeata dos Cem mil, in Rio de Janeiro, on June 26, 1968. Rennó participates with twelve images made during the demonstration known as the Comício das Diretas Já, in Belo Horizonte, on February 24, 1984. The last twelve were made by Cia de Foto, at the protest called Movimento Passe Livre, in São Paulo, from June 17 through 20, 2013.
Based on three historic moments – the Passeata dos Cem mil (1968) along with the Diretas Já (1984) and Movimento Passe Livre (2013) movements – the new series deals with questions related to mass events. For instance, what makes a crowd change the world, or, at least, part of its histories? What transforms it into a flood that carries and drags everything, without measuring its intrinsic power that turns it into an unavoidable force, able to torment even the most unscrupulous executioner? The masses are made up of hundreds, thousands or millions of individuals who, generally, do not represent a great danger to the system when isolated. However, luckily or unluckily for us, each of them carries an important fragment of the monster’s chain of DNA, which is lost or recovered at another point of the chain, perpetuating the monster’s dynamics and maintaining it at its prime. Terrible and marvelous.
Each photo will be covered by a sheet of embossed tissue paper – as in the traditional interpages of old photograph albums and associated to two other images, realized in the two other events involved in the series. Camera lenses and filters will provide a look at faces in the crowd.
The work created for Rennó’s solo show at the Centro de Fotografia (CdF), of Montevideo (Uruguay), in 2011, entitled Río-Montevideo uses 14 slide projectors to present images made by photographer Aurelio Gonzalez between 1957 and 1973.
In 1973, with the imminence of the military coup arrival of the military coup in Uruguay, Gonzalez gathered more than 40.000 photographic negatives he had made for the newspaper El Popular and hid them between the floors of a building in Montevideo.
This material remained hidden for more than 33 years until it was found and finally recovered by the same photographer, in 2006. Submitted to a long process of restoration, classification and digitizing by the Núcleo de Fotografia de Montevidéu, these negatives reveal a certain “constructed amnesia” that pervades the recent history of various countries of Latin America. Rennó chose to present a small selection of these images through the lenses of the old slide projectors, which lend them a warm, foggy smoothness. In this case, the projectors are used in order to reintroduce these images into the present day in a more playful manner since they establish a direct link with the past, maintaining their symbolic value without, however, tying them to the tradition of the documentary.
Besides the projections, activated by the observer, the context of the installation is enriched with the sound of the famous composition of the Communist International.