Magazine article Artforum International

Cinthia Marcelle: Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil

Magazine article Artforum International

Cinthia Marcelle: Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil

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Cinthia Marcelle is a young Brazilian artist who has gained international recognition in the past few years (she won the Future Generation Art Prize in 2010). If there are connections to be drawn between her work and that of her contemporaries, one can think of Renata Lucas and the way she plays with institutional and architectural settings. Marcelle's attention is directed more to the object itself, although she also explores its contexts. In working with these objects, as well as photography, installation, video, and performance, Marcelle achieves a wide scope for experimentation, and at times her solo exhibitions can appear more like tightly curated group shows. For all the variety of her works, key ideas tie them together, and she seems to be pointing to different directions that she may yet investigate further. Thus, at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Marcelle revisited a concept she has worked with before and transformed it into a larger, more complex configuration.

The starting point was Temporario, 2011, a glass and aluminum vitrine installed on a wall, lit from inside, with paper placed behind the glass. The piece was conceived at the beginning of the global financial crisis in 2008. Crisis itself, as a notion, intrigues the artist (the word came up in the exhibition wall text), and that first vitrine evoked not only failed and shuttered businesses but also, on a metalinguistic level, lack of content, meaning, and narrative--empty containers as pure signifiers, albeit in crisis. One might think of the Brazilian leitmotif epitomized by the motto "Da adversidade vivemos" (Of adversity we live), which appears in Parangole P16 Cape 12, one of Hello Oiticica's capes of 1964. Yet it is interesting to consider how the notion of crisis has evolved in the succeeding decades, and how the empty vitrine reappears, now in multiple versions. …

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