"Pray" exhibition

Sat09Mar(Mar 9)11:00Sat11May(May 11)19:00"Pray" exhibitionSolo exhibition by Rio de Janeiro artist Eliane Duarte, with critical text by Catarina Duncan.Central Gallery, Rua Bento Freitas, 306 / basement Vila Buarque / 01220-000 São Paulo


Eliane Duarte was born in 1943 in Rio de Janeiro and had a brief but intense artistic production until his premature death in 2006. His works expand the limits of the canvas as a support and take shape as objects-amulets-prayers. Made with fabrics, cotton, natural pigments, wax, seeds, rope, feathers, coins and many other elements, they inhabit a mystique, taking shape as unique entities and forces. As Duarte reports: “My work is almost a prayer, in the sense of making them slowly and joining them together, sewing them together as if they were patuás. I wanted something that would give people luck and everything I put on has the function of amulets.”

By learning about her practice, we access fundamentals of nature, organic shapes, flowers, curls and garments that materialize in her works through a visceral sewing process. Sewing is an ancestral practice but often associated with the domesticated feminine universe. However, the voracity with which Eliane worked with these techniques brings craftsmanship closer to surgery. Their methodologies also make clear the urgency of communicating in another way, three-dimensional but not sculptural, with stitching in leather and not just in fabric, always dodging the practical conformities of the art market.

Her work is a legacy to the artistic practice of women in Brazil, who continue without due recognition in the collective memory of their generation, highlighting the patriarchal processes of historical decisions about who is recognized. We access a set of works that have never been presented together and thus rescue and honor the memory not only of this great artist but of all women, artists who continue without due recognition.

Eliane Duarte studied at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, in Rio de Janeiro, from 1987 to 1989. She began to stand out in the artistic scene when she won the 1st Prize at the Funarte National Visual Arts Salon in 1994, with the work “Veste ”. Since then, the sense of maceration associated with the idea of ​​generating skin has become a prominent theme in his poetics.

In addition to numerous solo exhibitions at the galleries Anna Maria Niemeyer, in Rio, and Camargo Vilaça, in São Paulo, he has exhibited at: MAC Niterói; MAM Rio de Janeiro; Imperial Palace; Rio de Janeiro Museum of Fine Arts; Itaú Cultural of São Paulo. Abroad he participated in group shows at: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Contemporary Art Cultural Center, Mexico City; Alejandro Ottero Museum, Caracas; Culturgest Cultural Center, Lisbon; Museo del Barrio, New York; Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires; Coconut Grove Center, Miami; BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden; Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris. His works are part of the most important Brazilian collections, such as: João Sattamini / MAC Niterói; Gilberto Chateaubriand/MAMRio de Janeiro; MAC São Paulo Collection; and international ones such as: Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain Collection, Paris, Bernard Soguel, Basel; Cisneros and Alejandro Otero Museum, Caracas.

Exhibition | Reza
From March 09th to May 11th
Monday to Friday, from 11am to 19pm. Saturday, from 11am to 17pm


March 9, 2024 11:00 - May 11, 2024 19:00(GMT-03:00)


Central Gallery

Rua Bento Freitas, 306 / basement Vila Buarque / 01220-000 São Paulo

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