Curator: Ivo Mezquita * 1951, lives in São Paulo, Brazil, where he is Chef Curator of the Pinacoteca do Estado.
The artists presented at the Brazil Pavilion this year live and work in Brazil's North/ Northeast zone just below the Equator. Photographer Luiz Braga is from Belém, the capital of the state of Pará, and an entry port to the large region of Amazonia; while painter Delson Uchôa is from Maceió, the capital of the state of Alagoas, part of Brazil's easternmost tip jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. In these places the equatorial sun relentlessly beats straight down, at times almost blindingly bright, unlike the idyllic and softened light of the tropics often identified with Brazil's imagery. It is, therefore, another Brazil - another light, temperature, landscape, taste, smell, sound, and gaze - that is developed in their production. Nevertheless, speaking about place is not a priority in their practice; rather, they strive to affirm the place where they speak from, and to explore the possibilities of expressing and revealing other worlds, other perspectives.