SOUTH SOUTH FILM

Jonathas de Andrade
28 – 31 May, 2021

“I dive into this field of recollections. This is a past I have no intimacy with, seen as if it were a territory, a place for re-enacting a kind of amnesia, an often-violent brush between today and yesterday. Not being touched by this is what allows me to rework the nature of these imagines. Art helps me to approach and respond to what provokes me. It also helps me to experience more wholeness along the way.”

Jonathas de Andrade

Jonathas de Andrade courtesy of:

Galleria Continua

Jogos dirigidos, 2019

60 minutes

Jogos dirigidos (Directed games) is set in the arid backlands of Várzea Queimada, an off-the-grid town in Brazil’s Nordeste.

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Among the town’s nine hundred inhabitants is an unusually large population of deaf individuals. Resembling an educational video that engages the audience through teaching methods, de Andrade’s work depicts a group from this community as they use a nuanced, self-taught system of gestural signs to enact staged testimonials and play outdoor games. This participatory video, inspired by Augusto Boal’s Teatro do Oprimido (Theater of the Oppressed), shows how the characters on screen communicate with one another through expressive physicality and affirm the richness of language beyond audible voices—an important lesson for the viewer.

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Voyeuristico, 2018

4:24 minutes

Hands open their wallets revealing what their owners take in intimacy.

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Made in times of explicit state corruption and high political tension in the air, the video was filmed with the personal camera approaching people in the streets of Recife and São Paulo, and gathers images that search on wealth, individuality, anonymity, privacy and power.

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Jogos dirigidos, 2019

60 minutes

Jogos dirigidos (Directed games) is set in the arid backlands of Várzea Queimada, an off-the-grid town in Brazil’s Nordeste.

Read More

Among the town’s nine hundred inhabitants is an unusually large population of deaf individuals. Resembling an educational video that engages the audience through teaching methods, de Andrade’s work depicts a group from this community as they use a nuanced, self-taught system of gestural signs to enact staged testimonials and play outdoor games. This participatory video, inspired by Augusto Boal’s Teatro do Oprimido (Theater of the Oppressed), shows how the characters on screen communicate with one another through expressive physicality and affirm the richness of language beyond audible voices—an important lesson for the viewer.

Read Less

Voyeuristico, 2018

4:24 minutes

Hands open their wallets revealing what their owners take in intimacy.

Read More

Made in times of explicit state corruption and high political tension in the air, the video was filmed with the personal camera approaching people in the streets of Recife and São Paulo, and gathers images that search on wealth, individuality, anonymity, privacy and power.

Read Less

Opening 29 May 2021

Jogos dirigidos, 2019

60 minutes

Jogos dirigidos (Directed games) is set in the arid backlands of Várzea Queimada, an off-the-grid town in Brazil’s Nordeste.

Read More

Among the town’s nine hundred inhabitants is an unusually large population of deaf individuals. Resembling an educational video that engages the audience through teaching methods, de Andrade’s work depicts a group from this community as they use a nuanced, self-taught system of gestural signs to enact staged testimonials and play outdoor games. This participatory video, inspired by Augusto Boal’s Teatro do Oprimido (Theater of the Oppressed), shows how the characters on screen communicate with one another through expressive physicality and affirm the richness of language beyond audible voices—an important lesson for the viewer.

Read Less

Voyeuristico, 2018

4:24 minutes

Hands open their wallets revealing what their owners take in intimacy.

Read More

Made in times of explicit state corruption and high political tension in the air, the video was filmed with the personal camera approaching people in the streets of Recife and São Paulo, and gathers images that search on wealth, individuality, anonymity, privacy and power.

Read Less

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jonathas De Andrade was born in Maceió in 1982, and lives in the north-east of Brazil in Recife, a coastal city rich in contrasts, where old colonial buildings nestle amidst modern skyscrapers and where the failure of the tropical modernist utopia is a tangible reality.

Anthropology, pedagogy, politics and morals are the lines of inquiry pursued by the artist to recount the paradoxes of modernist culture.

De Andrade gathers together and catalogues images, texts, life stories and material on architecture, and, through memory, pieces together a personal narrative of the past.

“I dive into this field of recollections”, says the artist. “This is a past I have no intimacy with, seen as if it were a territory, a place for re-enacting a kind of amnesia, an often-violent brush between today and yesterday. Not being touched by this is what allows me to rework the nature of these imagines. Art helps me to approach and respond to what provokes me. It also helps me to experience more wholeness along the way.”

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