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Cerith Wyn Evans, Gordon Matta-Clark, Jorge Macchi, Laura Lima, Matheus Rocha Pitta, On Kawara, Raquel Garbelotti, Rivane Neuenschwander, Rodrigo Matheus, Rubens Mano e Sara Ramo.

Photos: Cortesy of Inhotim

Experiencing a displacement presupposes the understanding that leaving a certain place is a gesture that inaugurates a trajectory. To move from one territory to another and, right after, represent the space and delimit frontiers; to map irregularities, intersections, and points of contact, but also tensions and disputes; to narrate encounters and paths. Since the last decades of the 20th century, the notions of space, territory, and frontier reach new definitions and produce other materialities and immaterialities in a globalized context, mediated by an intense flow of goods, capitals, and individuals. To displace oneself then acquires another meaning, arouses new records.


The ailments and contradictions of global capitalism, as well as the geopolitical outline of social inequalities, are central to some of the works here gathered. The restlessness regarding the transformation of nature, just as the criticism of consumerism and programmed obsolescence, connects different perspectives. Many of these contradictions are also experienced in the urban context, where one is summoned to take a position faced with the process of renovation of cities; while ancient buildings are being demolished for the construction of new ones; of resorting to iron, concrete, and glass as a basis for these new developments. The relationship between an architectural object and the ways a human body occupies it is also present, highlighting the conditioning, the complementarity, and the tension between different matters.


The scales of approach are not the same. Some artists take interest in ways of measuring time and space that go beyond the presence of human life on this planet, relating with geological periods and revealing, by contrast, the small portion of the whole occupied by this existence. In other works, allusive signs to the process of circulation of people, objects, and ideas in a global scale prevail. In this context, cartography is referenced not only as an exercise of documentation and cataloging, but rather as a device capable of representing physical and symbolic frontiers, of building and diffusing representations on certain localities and their inhabitants, of past and present.


In broad terms, each work distinctively communicates the topic of displacement, at times relating with processes of representation of physical and imagined spaces, and at others with questions concerning the occupation, sharing, and migration between different territories.

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