Eu esbarro em coisas, eu bato contra possibilidades parcialmente vendado; eu ando sonambulo. Eu murmuro em meu sono e depois me respondo. Eu acordo quando não estou dormindo; eu durmo enquanto estou acordado.
Tom Burr, “sem título”, 2011
A obra nasce de apenas um toque na matéria. Quero que a matéria de que é feita a minha obra permaneça tal como é; o que a transforma em expressão é nada mais que um sopro; sopro interior, de plenitude cósmica. Fora disso não há obra. Basta um toque, nada mais.
Hélio Oiticica, in “Aspiro ao grande labirinto”, 1960
Exhibitions are about exposure. They expose spaces, objects and ideas to the intense light and scrutiny of a public’s gaze. Artists are given exposure, granted attention, through the play of exhibition making, while also performing within a web of expectation and desire: to show, to connect, to reveal, to expose. Artists are exposed. I am exposed. And I have fantasies about exposing myself to you, while holding up a mirror to expose you in return.
Hélio-Centricities: Coda was constructed to be an amorous encounter, between the site of the exhibition, Hélio Oiticica, and myself. Through forms of influence and mimicry, and of losing oneself in another – another object, another body, another brain – I wanted to partially collapse what I do into what Oiticica has done, blurring the lines between our selves, exposing our affinities and our distances.
At auroras in São Paulo where the project began, I worked and slept through the month of March in rooms located just above the exhibition space. Formerly a domestic space, there is an intimacy there that persists, and framed the work. There is also a rigidity of containment and protection, and a specific anxiety of inside versus outside the envelope of the house, which also affected my thoughts.
At Parque Lage there is a legacy of private ownership as well, but there is also an architectural fluidity to the site, and I found myself considering the many rooms and corridors formed by the intricate trails and openings in the adjacent forest parkscape – potential spaces to show, to connect, to reveal, to expose — alongside the institutional spaces of the school. I wandered through both, and imagined how bodies transform from one to the other, who it is possible to become, and what particular exposures are at stake.