Jonathas de Andrade - Ressaca Tropical

DE 22/06/2010 - 17/07/2010 A




RessacaTropical(Tropical Hangover)/ JONATHAS DE ANDRADE

Jonathas de Andrade’s first solo show at Vermelho, RessacaTropical(Tropical Hangover) presents five recent works of this young artist from Recife who will participate in the next São Paulo Biennial, in September.

RessacaTropical(Tropical Hangover)was shown in the latest edition of the Mercosul Biennial in 2009. It borrows the title of the photo-installation in which Jonathas appropriates a love journal with a set of photographs from personal and public archives along with new images made by the artist. These images are organized and presented in a non-hierarchical manner, creating a visual narrative fiction where past and present are displayed simultaneously. One of RessacaTropical(Tropical Hangover)’s goals is to discuss the modernist legacy in Latin America and its possibilities in the present through architecture, recognizing in the ruin a post-utopian possibility. This issue reappears in Projeto de abertura de uma casa, como convém (Project for the opening of a house, as befits) (2009), where photographic images of the pillaging and destruction of a modernist house in Recife are shown along with a model of the destroyed house, pointing the ruin as a possible trigger for reconstruction.

Recenseamento moral da cidade do Recife (Moral census of Recife city) (2007) is a photo-survey that gathers documentation of an action by Andrade which is composed of interviews based on a book of manners published in the 80’s, in Recife. The work combines worksheets, maps, forms and context photographs. First time shown, the photo series O Clube (The Club) (2010) presents images of an old yatch club frequented by the elite Maceió city. The building goes into the sea and creates an underground environment that is appealing to marginal activities. The text-titles of each photograph in the series give clues about the relationship between what is official and marginal in contrast with the bucolic images. The video 4.000 disparos (4.000 gunshots) (2010) completes the show. Here, a roll of Super8 is composed, frame-by-frame, by random men faces on the streets, constituting an atmosphere of urgency and past, memory and present.