The artist from Rio de Janeiro discusses the poetics of space on the images triggered from different spaces. PHOTO: Disclosure
The artist from Rio de Janeiro discusses the poetics of space on the images triggered from different spaces. PHOTO: Disclosure

Artists inhabit cultural and social forms. The ateliers become phenomena of memory and provoke reflections on space. Regina Vater is one of the pioneers of video art and installations in Brazil, but she manifests herself through photography and visual poetry to create X Range, reprint of the book published in 1977 in New York. The artist breaks secrets through the objects scattered or organized in the domestic space of four artists: Hélio Oiticica, John Cage, Lygia Clark and Vito Acconci, all her friends and, at the time, living abroad.

The artist takes space “as an instrument of analysis for the human soul” as Gaston Bachelard says, a concept that tangency X Range. All casual, because Vater created the book long before he had read the French thinker. The artist from Rio de Janeiro discusses the poetics of space on the images triggered from different spaces. She searches for the origin and arrives at a phenomenology of the imagination, visiting dozens of artists' houses, studios and choosing among them four to compose this book of unusual format, made in craft paper.

Regina tries to find presence in absence, as in other of her works. "Along X Range, I seek to record, in a poetic way, how an individual or groups of individuals deal with the domestic space”. The artist is not bound by territories and, wherever she is, she approaches the time and temporality of spaces as poetic material. “What interests me is this everyday poetry that human beings imprint on their surroundings through gestures, exposition of their way of being and living”.

Each artist visited received a poem created by the artist, with the impression of parts of her body and interventions such as tears, folds or pieces of paper glued with adhesive tape. Of the 30 copies published in 1977, only one remains, kept by her. The visual poem dedicated to Hélio Oiticica is transformed into a graphic performance by showing a kind of “nest”, with the impression of Regina's body, torn and pasted on top of it. The new edition maintains the performance at 1.500 copies.

In parallel with the edition of the book, produced by Ikrek, Regina carried out the retrospective I hope it's good weather at MAC, in Niterói, with 70 works, including installations, drawings, photographic series and videos. The set addresses themes related to women, body, nature, curated by Pablo León de La Barra and Raphael Fonseca. The highlight is Tina América, from 1976, one of the works with a strong reference regarding the positioning of women in society. The show is an important rescue of the work of one of the representative artists of Brazilian contemporary art.

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