With curatorship by Nathalia Lavigne, this group exhibition, deals with a notion of disappearance reflecting how such a practice can be interpreted as a strategic attitude in the current context. The show features works by Aleta Valente, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Nino Cais, Regina Parra, Sallisa Rosa and Thiago Honório.


In times of authoritarian discourses and mechanisms of surveillance of imperceptible technologies that are increasingly present, resisting forms of control over bodies and identities often becomes a necessary tactical attitude. How to remain invisible so as not to disappear is a notion that permeates the cut in the production of these six artists.


Many of the works are born or are related to the universe of networks or technical images, although the notion of disappearance is also dealt with in a broader way. “There is a discussion in the field of technology about the disappearance of archives, considering the impermanence of devices, censorship in social networks and the adoption of strategic invisibility against surveillance practices. The exhibition processes self-representation such as performance, thinking about how constant visibility can generate an opposite process of negativity and erasure”, says the curator.

One of the exhibited works, Contain Contain by Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, is a close re-staging of a single-shot 1979 film experiment by Ivan Cardoso featuring Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica. The work includes a handmade parangolé, a costume or mobile sculpture that inspires an unexpected or situational body movement.


Contain Contain from Maryam Monalisa Gharavi on Vimeo.

Paço das Artes - an institution that belongs to the São Paulo State Department of Culture - was created in 1970. In its more than 50 years of history, Paço das Artes has had its trajectory marked by giving voice and space to contemporary art through exhibitions with works by relevant artists such as Marina Abramovic, Pipillot Rist, Bill Viola, Francis Bacon, Carmela Gross, Cildo Meirelles and Charly Nijenhson. At the same time, it has been promoting the production, reflection and memory of art productions not “legitimized” by the official circuit, offering subsidies for artists, critics and curators through promotion programs.


Paço das Artes

Rua Albuquerque Lins, 1331

São Paulo/SP, Brasil