Alla inlägg den 24 september 2009

Av Lars Vilks - 24 september 2009 20:08


Cildo Meireles was born in 1948 in Rio de Janeiro, where he still lives and works. His father worked for the Indian Protection Service and, as a boy, the artist accompanied his family on their constant moves throughout the vast Brazilian territory. We often catch glimpses of these childhood experiences through his art.

His work inherited the legacy of Neo-concretism, a Brazilian movement of the late 1950s that rejected the extreme rationalism of geometric abstraction in favour of more sensorial, participatory works, which engage the body as well as the mind. The utopian optimism of the Neo-concrete artists foundered after the coup of 1964, which ushered in an oppressive military regime.

Meireles’s generation, emerging in the late 1960s and 1970s, were known for more politically engaged works, the extremity of their actions mirroring the extreme political situation. Meireles himself, however, links these two strands of Brazilian art.

”In some way you become political when you don’t have a chance to be poetic. I think human beings would much prefer to be poetic”.

Among a few examples of Cildo Meireles’ exhibitions can be mentioned: Documenta, Kassel, 2002, Istanbul Biennial 2003, Venice Biennial 2005, Tate Modern 2008, Venice Biennial 2009.

Work in the biennial: 1. Babel (2001) 2. Pling Pling Again (2009)

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