JONATHAS DE ANDRADE
O PEIXE / THE FISH
1 – 31 AUGUST 2020
O Peixe / The Fish (2016) is a 16mm film shot with an ethnographic technique and subject, originally conceived for the 32nd São Paulo Biennial. It portrays a group of fishermen as they hold their catch, providing caresses and kissing them to ease their passage to death. The ritual, as realistic as it seems, was actually conjured up by the artist to reveal the borderland of violence and love in the domination of humankind over nature, alongside its inevitable dependence upon it. However, the film still bears ambiguous documentary value, because the fishermen did not rehearse prior to the shooting, nor did they have any camera exposure before, so their behavior can be deemed genuine and closer to a true interaction with the fish. De Andrade was inspired by this intimate take on survival in the life of a local fishing village in the northeast part of Brazil, but the underlying concept can be extended to other arenas in modern society. The artist explores the universal principle of cohabitation, which systemic forces like capitalism, technology, or intensive production cannot dispute. However, these forces do exacerbate or strain the principle, as evident in the diversified but porous Brazilian ecosystem and all around the world, where production and consumption are chained together without mercy. In this light, O Peixe / The Fish (2016) is also a metaphor of a different type of survival, that of the so called Third World carrying the weight of the First World. A form of impaired dependence, perhaps, worsened during the pandemic.
Jonathas De Andrade
O Peixe / The Fish
37’, 16mm transferred to HD video, Sound 5.1, 16:9 (1.77) 2016
Cortesia /Courtesy of Galeria Vermelho, Galleria Continua, Alexander & Bonin
THE EYE OF THE STORM – USER MANUAL
The Eye of the Storm is Blitz’s first online exhibition featuring videos and films by seven international artists and collectives invited to rethink and share their artworks in response to changes due to the pandemic.
In the physical galleries the rule is always the same: time follows space. A display is created based on the physical space, and the time of the visit will be reliant on the visitors’ attention span for the different artworks, and determined by the viewing conditions provided. For our first online exhibition, we have decided to prioritise time, whereby the artworks will be experienced in a sequence that collectively draws the viewer inward to a full coherence of the project.
From 3rd June one artwork is available monthly until December, when the last work will be revealed and all previously shown works made equally available. The exhibition will close at the end of the year, a symbolic date because that is when a collective attitude towards contemplating what we are leaving behind emerges, together with a confidence for new beginnings. Wherever we will be then, as we take it day by day in respect of fast-changing regulations, we hope that The Eye of the Storm will provide food for thought as we progress into the unknown.