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Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros

What Remains

18 Jan - 7 Apr 2013

 Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros

Sobras, 1996-98 © Geraldo de Barros

 Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros

Sobras 1996-98 © Geraldo de Barros

 Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros

Sobras, 1996-98 © Geraldo de Barros

 Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros

Untitled, Sao Paulo, 1947

 Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros

Untitled, Tatuape, Sao Paulo, 1948 © Geraldo de Barros

 Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros

Untitled, Sao Paulo, 1949 © Geraldo de Barros

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Press Release: 11 December 2012

The Photographers’ Gallery presents the first UK exhibition of the influential Brazilian artist Geraldo de Barros. An accomplished painter, photographer and industrial designer, de Barros is regarded as a pioneer of Modernist photography and an inspirational figure for a new generation of contemporary Brazilian practitioners. What Remains will be a survey show of de Barros’ photographic oeuvre, focusing on the series Sobras (1996 - 98), made towards the end of his life, in relation to a selection of his celebrated Fotoformas series (1946 - 51). The exhibition will examine these two intense periods of experimentation that form de Barros’ only engagement with photography. Marking the beginning and conclusion of his career, the two series are brought together to demonstrate the artist’s sustained radical approach to the image while exploring the formal and philosophical layers of his practice.

Born in São Paulo in 1923, Geraldo de Barros first established himself as a painter and founding member of the Expressionist painting studio Grupo 15. Alongside this work he also began experimenting with photography and in 1946 joined the Bandeirante Photo Club, whose aim was to reinvigorate photography by steering it away from the camera’s realist aesthetics. During this time de Barros was introduced to, and influenced by, Gestalt theory which investigates our perception of incomplete forms in reference to the whole.  Informed by these principles and driven by a desire to break outside of accepted artistic conventions, de Barros sought to discover and establish a new visual language. His photographic experiments included multiple exposures, the use of hand-made filters, juxtaposition of shadows and light, scratching, drawing and painting on negatives as well as the purposeful removal of definition and details during the printing process. These resulted in the Fotoformas images which marked an important point of transition in the Brazilian cultural scene — paving the way to abstraction and laying the foundations to the artist’s lifelong quest of liberation from form.

Sobras, which was completed during the last two years of his life, is a culmination of this quest as well as a reconciliation of his multi-faceted practice. Following a retrospective of his work in Musée de l'Élysée, Switzerland (1996), the artist was consumed by a renewed creative energy. Confined to a wheelchair and restricted in speech due to suffering several strokes, de Barros decided to return to photography and revisit his old archive of images. This included old family albums and travel pictures alongside discarded material from his Fotoformas series. With the help of an assistant, de Barros began drawing, cutting and pasting his negatives and arranging them into collages on glass plates. The plates, reminiscent of photograms, were later scanned and digitally printed, each examined and approved by the artist. True to his Concretist roots the series of images presents viewers with new perspectives on the familiar. By cutting out objects from their context de Barros transformed ordinary moments from his life into geometrical structures and abstract figurations. As a process of looking back over a lifetime, Sobras hints at the loss and retrieval of memory, emphasized by the black voids and crude cut-outs of intimate family pictures.

Geraldo de Barros: What Remains is curated by Isobel Whitelegg, an expert on modern and contemporary art in Brazil, and Karen McQuaid, Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery

Download Press Release l Geraldo de Barros l 18 January - 7 April 2013

For press queries and to request further information and images please contact:

Inbal Mizrahi
Press Manager
E: inbal.mizrahi@tpg.org.uk
T: +44 (0) 207 087 9333


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