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Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros

What Remains

18 Jan - 7 April 2013

 © Geraldo de Barros, Fotoformas, Tatuapé, Sao Paulo, 1948

© Geraldo de Barros, Fotoformas, Tatuapé, Sao Paulo, 1948

© Geraldo de Barros, Fotoformas, Tatuapé, Sao Paulo, 1948

 Geraldo de Barros, Sobras, 1996-98 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, Sobras, 1996-98 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, Sobras, 1996-98 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

 Geraldo de Barros, Sobras, 1996-98 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, Sobras, 1996-98 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, Sobras, 1996-98 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

 Geraldo de Barros, Untitled, Sao Paulo, 1949 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled, Sao Paulo, 1949 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled, Sao Paulo, 1949 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

 Geraldo de Barros, Sobras, 1996-98 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, Sobras, 1996-98 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, Sobras, 1996-98 Courtesy of the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

 Geraldo de Barros, The Birds, 1950, courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, The Birds, 1950, courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, The Birds, 1950, courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery

INFO

Geraldo de Barros (1923-1998) is a key figure in Brazilian art and design. His engagement with photography took place during two intensive periods of experimentation at the beginning and end of his diverse career.

De Barros discovered photography as a young painter, and was soon using multiple exposures, camera rotations, over-painting and scratching of negatives to radically abstract his subjects. The resulting series Fotoformas was exhibited at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in 1950.

De Barros only revisited photography late in life following a series of strokes, when his daughter unearthed a box of negatives from his personal archive. In the last two years of his life he made Sobras (Remains), a final burst of photographic energy which resulted in over 250 intricate collages.

What Remains traces subtle connections across the two series, showing them alongside vintage contact prints and archival material. Together they reveal distinct processes of production, which in turn suggest relationships to his parallel practices as draughtsman, designer, painter and engraver.

The exhibition is curated by Isobel Whitelegg and is kindly supported by the Embassy of Brazil in London, FDFA Presence Switzerland and the Rumi Foundation. The exhibition has been organised with the cooperation of the Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland.

You can read an essay on the artist by the curator on our blog.

Here is a panoramic view of the exhibition.

 

Download teachers' exhibition notes.

Geraldo de Barros

Brazilian Embassy London

Brazilian Embassy London

The Rumi Foundation

The Rumi Foundation

Presence Switzerland

Presence Switzerland

In collaboration with Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland

In collaboration with Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland


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