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Mona Lisa

2008-2012
Single channel video; 4’ loop
Studying the fascination about icons of Art History, the video examines Mona Lisa through the audience’s perspective at the moment of facing the master piece.

The construction of the image from the instant, the reflection and the search of a new relationship between art and life in an era of profound human and technological changes -and challenges- are some issues of interest to the artist. The author works with velocity and repetition to create an inventory of images about the act of capturing images, the idea of time and its boundaries. Furthermore, an observation about collecting images and collecting moments as an anthology of our lives. As Susan Sontag’s On Photography mentions: “To collect photographs (or images - our quote) is to collect the world”.  Investigating the contemporary use of images in our technological era, the video is also an opportunity to reflect from a local global perspective. Again making an analogy with Sontag, to photograph (or to video record) is to appropriate the thing that we are pointing at: “It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge – and, therefore, like power.”

 

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Khalil Charif

Khalil Charif (b.1967, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) studied at the School of Visual Arts EAV Parque Lage and obtained a postgraduate degree in Art History, further studies in Art Philosophy. He has participated in several exhibitions and festivals, including: Low Lives 4, USA, 2012; 60n Os International Film Festival, Norway, 2012; 24es Instants Vidéo, France, 2011; Façade Vídeo Art Festival, Bulgaria, 2011-2010; Foto Lage / FotoRio, Brazil, 2009; International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Czech Republic, 2008; and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, France-Germany-Spain, 2008-2007.

 

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Artur Fidalgo Galeria

Artur Fidalgo galeria celebrated its thirteen years in 2013, by combining two apparently contradictory terms: continuity and change. Made up of opposites, this biorhythm reveals the crystallization of a path over time: that of renewal. With this in mind, Artur Fidalgo exhibits since its beginning (that steps back to 1987, in its start as an arts office) the most vital contemporary art of various generations and provenances. With the characteristic malleability of renewal -and its link with experimentalism- its space has housed exhibitions by emerging artists as well as renowned ones; some of our highlights are: Anna Bella Geiger, Antonio Dias, Albano Afonso, Artur Barrio, Carlos Bevilacqua, Eduardo Sued, Edgard de Souza, Ernesto Neto, Fernanda Gomes, Franklin Cassaro, Iran do Espírito Santo, Ivens Machado, José Damasceno, Marcos Bonisson, Marcos Chaves, Ricardo Basbaum, Rosângela Rennó, Waltercio Caldas – among other important names in Brazilian contemporary art and from abroad, such as the North American video artist Bill Lundberg. Artur Fidalgo’s motivation and that of the art he exhibits are one and the same: to go beyond.

 

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