From a Private Club to a Public Square

Afonso Tostes, Angelo Venosa, Arjan Martins, Barrão, Carlito Carvalhosa, Cadu, Carlos Vergara, Cabelo, Chiara Banfi, Daisy Xavier, Daniel Senise, Everardo Miranda, Franklin Cassaro, Gabriela Machado, Iole de Freitas, José Bechara, Lucia Koch, Luiz Zerbini, Marcos Chaves, Mariana Manhães, Oskar Metsavaht, Paulo Vivacqua, Tomás Ribas, Vicente de Mello, Raul Mourão, Rato BranKo, Vik Muniz e Waltercio Caldas.

From a Private Club to a Public Square

Artists: Afonso Tostes, Angelo Venosa, Arjan Martins, Barrão, Carlito Carvalhosa, Cadu, Carlos Vergara, Cabelo, Chiara Banfi, Daisy Xavier, Daniel Senise, Everardo Miranda, Franklin Cassaro, Gabriela Machado, Iole de Freitas, José Bechara, Lucia Koch, Luiz Zerbini, Marcos Chaves, Mariana Manhães, Oskar Metsavaht, Paulo Vivacqua, Tomás Ribas, Vicente de Mello, Raul Mourão, Rato BranKo, Vik Muniz e Waltercio Caldas.

Production: Luisa Duarte

Dates: 22 de jun a 29 de jul

Local: Jacarandá

Exhibit

From a Private Club to a Public Square

This is an exhibition without a curatorial approach. I was invited by the artists that form Art Club Jacaranda to work as someone able to put together a multitude of “voices” for the exhibition. This event anticipates a new era for a group of artists that initially wanted to have a meeting place exclusively to exhibit, see and talk about art, in times where interpersonal communication is becoming rarer and is primarily made via Whatsapp.

If before Jacaranda had a beautiful house in Santa Teresa, now it left behind its place in the mountains to come to Villa Aymoré, where it occupies 600 square meters, a few yards from a Metro station. This new situation allows Jacaranda to dream on a higher level as to the extent of the impact it will have in the art scene of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Instead of a private club, a public space for anybody to visit. Instead of sparse exhibitions, a constant stream of exhibitions. Instead of an exchange that would affect its club members only, the intention to establish ties with others. Instead of a private club, diversity, open to new proposals.

This moment of change to Jacaranda could be called “from a private club to a public square”. With emphasis in the broad meaning of square, that is, the place that puts people closer, that accept differences, but also a place to rest, to enjoy. In other words, aggregating people and serving as a place to pause from other activities, qualities that have been core to Jacaranda from its dawn, are being preserved, and, at the same time, new purposes, new possibilities and agents are being added. In times where the anxiety to produce is the standard behaviour, art has the power to resist to that dynamics. And, at that junction, art is politics.

We all live in times where there is a tendency to think that the duality art and politics comes to light exclusively when the former insists on touching on a political theme. The political capacity of art, that is, of transforming perceptions and establishing a critical relationship with the world is not subjected to the need of saying something. The works in this exhibition, extremely diverse in their own poetic, have that in common. They underline the sensitive aspect of the work of art betting on their reflexive and critical power.

Even though there was no curatorial approach in this exhibition, there was a time dedicated to visiting the studios of the artists inserted in the show and listening to what would be Jacaranda ́s vocation. This listening experience brought to surface, amongst many other things, the desire to have a space for experimentation, of exchange between different generations, and, above all, a place where art is present not to serve outside interests, but rather a place to have art and those who interact with it, or have strong feelings for it, as their top priority. Hence, in this new cycle Jacaranda is filled with poignancy. It is up to each person who comes to this place, now open to all, to feel it. Let us not forget that culture is the rule whereas art is the exception.