Every time a work is sold, the Quarantine project's Instagram shares this open envelope as a celebration.

Accustomed to selling their work on their own or through galleries, a series of Brazilian artists decided to participate in a distinct – perhaps unprecedented – initiative in times of the coronavirus pandemic. new coronavirus. In an attempt to face the enormous difficulties imposed by the new context, about 45 artists from different regions of the country gathered in the Quarantine project, “an initiative to encourage the production and sale of works during the quarantine”, in the words of the organizers.

Conceived by the artists Lais Myrrha and Marilá Dardot, the curator Cristiana Tejo and the founder of the 55SP platform Julia Morelli, Quarentine proposes a collective action in which the works of all artists are sold for the same price (R$ 5 thousand) and the The total amount collected is shared equally among all employees.

The participating artists are: Ana Dias Batista, Ana Lira, Arissana Pataxó, Armando Queiroz, Bruno Faria, Caetano Costa, Cinthia Marcelle and Diran Castro, Clara Ianni, Clarice Cunha, Daniel Lie, Debora Bolsoni, Denilson Baniwa, Fabiana Faleiros, Fabio Morais , Fabio Tremonte, Fernando Cardoso, Guto Lacaz, Jaime Lauriano, Janaina Wagner, João Loureiro, Laercio Redondo, Lais Myrrha, Lenora de Barros, Lia Chaia, Lucas Bambozzi, Manauara Clandestina, Marcellvs L., Marcia Xavier, Marco Paulo Rolla, Mariana de Matos, Marilá Dardot, Marta Neves, Maurício Ianês, Nicolás Robbio, Patrícia Francisco, Paulo Bruscky, Rafael RG, Ricardo Basbaum, Romy Poc, Rosângela Rennó, Sara Não Tem Nome, Sara Ramo, Traplev, Yana Tamayo and Yuri Firmeza.

“The coronavirus has reinforced the importance of cooperation among all and the minimum redistribution of material conditions as the only possibilities for overcoming it. Without collective action, there is no solution”, says the initiative's publicity text. “This unprecedented situation in recent world history has invited us to rethink lifestyles, alliances, forms of contribution and ways of working professionally. Faced with this context of uncertainty and interruption of daily life, the group proposes a collective experiment to re-imagine an economic model for the arts”, he concludes.

In addition, an extra quota was created to be donated to the emergency fund to support trans people affected by covid-19 and assisted by the Flame House, a civil organization of sociocultural actions focused on Transvestigender artists.

Artists from the most varied regions, at different moments in their trajectory, from different genres and racial groups were invited to propose works according to quarantine conditions – at home, with the materials and instruments available. The resulting works are drawings, digital prints, sound art, videos, photos and texts, among others, designed to be sent digitally and performed (downloaded, printed and/or executed) by buyers also under quarantine conditions. Works will only be viewed by people who buy them. According to the organizers of Quarantine, there is an intention, at the end of the process, to hold an online exhibition with the proposals developed. Works can be purchased at Platform 55SP (www.55sp.art/quarantine)

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