Exhibition "Displacements"

Wed08May(May 8)11:00Sat10August(Aug 10)19:00Exhibition "Displacements"The solo show by Rio de Janeiro-based artist Frida Baranek is an ode to the movementRaquel Arnaud Gallery, Rua Fidalga, 125 – Vila Madalena, São Paulo - SP


Among the many reinventions of modernity is the fact that we have gradually changed the place and state of social relations. If in the Middle Ages the objective was to endure and establish fixed and immutable ties, in current times displacement and malleability are key to understanding a new and flexible world. The theory above, described by the Polish philosopher Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017), evolved through the intricacies of the human mind and also brought reflections on the consequences of this fluidity which, among other aspects, leads us to displacements that often cause the mistaken feeling that we are out of place, perhaps in the wrong place, too late or too early in the historical context in which we are all inevitably inserted. It is about this mobile and diverse path that this displacements, exhibition by the artist from Rio Frida Baranek at Galeria Raquel Arnaud.

Baranek's own trajectory highlights this thought. From an early age, the artist moved around the world, inhabiting different countries and adapting in a versatile way to her surroundings – from São Paulo to Lisbon, passing through Berlin, London, New York and Paris. A born observer of what surrounds her, Baranek makes use of this through the materials she collects along the way. She focuses much of her research on the materiality of the world and, based on this, proposes new formats: decharacterizing it in some processes and, in others, reinforcing its power. The fluidity with which she moves her body through physical space appears in the pulp and water that make up the papers, a guiding thread that guides the viewer in the current exhibition.

This layer of cellulose, which in the artist's hands takes on different shapes and textures, has been part of her trajectory since the 1990s, when, during a project carried out in Germany, she was challenged to create a series of works from this material. From the first moment, the fluid mixture took shape in physical masses that highlighted Baranek's creative process – even in the two-dimensional format, the artist works in an intuitive and sculptural way. Experimenting and transforming materials are natural mechanisms for Baranek, who deftly moves between different artistic supports, from his recognizable large-scale sculptures to the mobility contained in a pigment added to paper.

With time and the intimacy acquired with the raw material, the artist began to handcraft her own mixture of pulp and water, thus experimenting with reliefs and weights, and adding possible materials to the composition of her series, such as silk threads. , iron powder and wires. At a certain point, she appropriated the technique collage, in which engravings are printed using plastic plates, which are more malleable and allow for a high degree of experimentation and interference.

If, before, such displacements led the artist to create mostly labyrinthine bodies, today Baranek provokes reflections on impermanence by working with layers made in simpler and more geometric shapes. The disconnection and fluency of modern and contemporary life, which Bauman spoke about in his theories, reappear in a subjective way in the two sculptures present in the space – and which bear the name of this exhibition. Made from wood – the raw material for cellulose – and acrylic, the works guide Baranek's thinking and current work, who enjoys untangling the material to present his new overlays. With the illusion that we can fit such geometric shapes that appear there in an apparently uncomplicated way, we are enveloped by the layers proposed by it and, thus, we move into the subtlety of possibilities.

Exhibition | displacements
From the 8th of May to the 10rd of August
Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 19:00, Saturday from 11:00 to 15:00


May 8, 2024 11:00 am - August 10, 2024 19:00 pm(GMT-03:00)


Raquel Arnaud Gallery

Rua Fidalga, 125 – Vila Madalena, São Paulo - SP

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