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“Relatos e Visagens”/”Reports and Visions” - Paulo Vivacqua

Galleries Van Zijll Langhout / Contemporary Art

Brouwersgracht 161
1015 GG Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 7708990

Open Wed - Sat / 10-17 hrs
+ by appointment

5 Sep — 13 Sep

Time 5 Sep, 15:30-20 hrs


Paulo Vivacqua,VZL / Contemporary Art, “Relatos e Visagens”/”Reports and Visions”
The Brazilian artist Paulo Vivacqua (BRA, ES, Vitória, 1971) is working in residence in Amsterdam during the months of July, August and September 2015. He will present his work for the first time in The Netherlands in the exhibition “Relatos e Visagens”/”Reports and Visions”  with sound sculptures in VZL gallery at the opening of Art Season 5 September 2015.
Relatos e Visagens is an investigation in building visual and sound bridges from crossing reports and recordings from different cultural sources, languages, sounds, melodies and visual marks. The show will be running till 13 September 2015 and the artist will be around the gallery till then for encounter and exchange of ideas.  This residency is part of the series Urban Poets, an international project where artists are invited to interact artistically with the urban environment of the city of Amsterdam organised by A Hora do Brasil and CARP-Brasil.
Paulo Vivacqua lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2001 Vivacqua has won several prizes and had many national and intenational exhibitions. Vivacqua was nominated for the prestigious Brazilian PIPA prize in 2011, 2012 and 2015 and was part of XXX Biennale de Sao Paolo in 2012 with the major installations Triple Ohm and Interpretacôes.
After completing musicology at the university of Rio de Janeiro in 1996, Vivacqua started to work on his Sound-Sculptures that elaborate in the intersection of sound and visual languages. Vivacqua seeks a poetic territory between materiality and sound, and between the intangibility of time as measured by sound and the physicality of the space in which the work of art is established. Vivacqua creates installations which are intrinsically related to architecture and the contexts of the environments in which they are set up. His works impose themselves as immersive ambiences where space, sound and subject blend and complement one another.
Paulo Vivacqua composes a singular and dynamic oeuvre in which sounds conducts thought, thought evokes image, image promotes atmosphere and atmosphere reestablishes sonority.
The art of Paulo Vivacqua can be positioned within the younger generation of Brazilian artists who distinguish themself through an individualistic aesthetic language that is universal but also strongly rooted in Brazilian modernist tendencies. Using technical devices, Vivacqua suggests invisible trajectories where sound, space and time create poetic imaginary narratives.  The freedom of moving freely between different disciplines of -in this case- music, poetry, sculpture and architectual intervention are characteristic of Brazilian Modernism. Whereas, the playfulness between the tangible and the ephemeral and the sensorial aspect of Vivacqua’s art, relate to the ideas of the great Brazilian Master Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980).
During his residency in Amsterdam Vivacqua will also be working on a site-specific work in progress that relates to the songs of the Brasilian writer and poet Mario de Andrade, using melodies inspired on this ethnological passage of research through the inlands of North and Nort-East Brasil and that of sounds as invisible visitors of the city of Amsterdam. 
As part of the greater Tarsila Platform, the Urban Poets project envisions to promote and facilitate residences of Brazilian artists abroad, who engage in a dialogue with the host cities and its inhabitants, creating a poetic landscape through urban installations and interventions. The program is facilitated by A Hora do Brasil Foundation and Carp.
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