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TROPICAL GARDEN 
20.06.19 - 07.07.19 
VERNISSAGE le 20 juin au 26BY de 18 à 22h, 26 rue Saint Georges, 1050 Bruxelles

FR: Végétation luxuriante, plages dorées et ciel azur sont les images qui nous viennent à l´esprit lorsque l´on évoque l´Amérique Latine, le Brésil en particulier dont le drapeau jaune, vert et bleu rappelle sa nature généreuse. Tropical Gardens aborde cette vision de l´observateur étranger par le biais d´œuvres des artistes Alice Quaresma, Daniel Barclay et Mano Penalva, interrogeant les concepts d´identité individuelle et collective et leur représentation.
Utilisant la forme et la matière pour déconstruire et produire un glissement des références dont ils s´inspirent, cherchant de nouvelles significations et substituant lieux et géographies par des couleurs et géométries ; Quaresma, Barclay et Penalva peuvent être considérés comme les créateurs d´un jardin dans lequel l´art et la vie se fondent en une hétérotopie, un endroit à la fois en dedans et en dehors du monde, régi par leurs désirs et leurs urgences.
Ancré dans l´actualité des mouvements nationalistes et populistes au Brésil et dans le monde, Tropical Gardens mets en évidence la contradiction entre l´exotisme idyllique associé aux pays d´Amérique du Sud et la violence inhérente aux régimes post-coloniaux et pseudo-démocratiques, évoquant par extension la crise migratoire Européenne et la montée des mouvements d´extrême droite. Ceci nous rappelle que l´attrait de jardins lointains doit être pris avec précaution car comme chacun le sait, l'herbe est toujours plus verte chez le voisin, sauf qu´il s´agit d´un mensonge.

EN : When thinking about Latin America and Brazil in particular, one can’t help but think about lush vegetation, golden beaches and blue skies, just as the blue, green and yellow harbored by the Brazilian flag. Tropical Gardens approaches this outsider perspective through a series of artworks by Alice Quaresma, Mano Penalva and Daniel Barclay, questioning the idea of personal and collective identity and their representation.
Using matter and form to deconstruct and perform a slippage of the references that inspired them, searching for new meanings and substituting places and geographies with colors and geometries, Quaresma, Barclay and Penalva may be seen as the creators of a garden. A garden where art and life gather in an heterotopy, a place inside and yet outside of the world, ruled by their desires and urgencies.
Anchored in the here and now of nationalists and populists movements in Brazil and worldwide, Tropical Gardens somehow evidences the contradiction of the idyllic exoticism linked, in the collective imaginary to South American countries and the inherent violence of a post-colonial pseudo democratic system, addressing by extension the European migration crisis and the rise of far right movements. This reminds us that the appeal of distant gardens should be taken with care, because as they say, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, only this is a lie.

 

ALICE QUARESMA
Alice Quaresma (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1985), lives and works in New York. Quaresma got her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2009 and was selected as one of PS122 Exhibition Prize winners that same year. She won the Foam Talent Prize in Amsterdam in 2014 and had her first institutional solo show in 2018 at the Caixa Cultural (São Paulo, Brazil). Her work has been published in Brazil, Japan, US and Europe. Quaresma participated in exhibitions and residency programs in the USA, Europe and South America. Alice Quaresma also created commissioned projects for Hermès, Air France, Red Bull, Samsung, Première Vision, Unseen and Music from Memory.

MANO PENALVA
Mano Penalva (Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 1987), lives and works in São Paulo. Penalva has showed in Latin America, the United States and Europe. Amongst his solo shows are: Requebra, Frederic de Goldschmidt Collection (Brussels, 2018); Hasta Tepito, B[X] Gallery (New York, 2018); truk(ə), Soma Galeria (Curitiba, 2018), Estado Sul, Camelódromo (Porto Alegre, 2017); Andejos, MARP (São Paulo, 2017); Balneário, Central Galeria (São Paulo, 2016); and the group shows: Recipes of B.R.S.L?, Spring Break (New York, 2019); O Maravilhamento das Coisas, Galeria Sancovsky (São Paulo, 2018); Ser, Habitar e Imaginar, Concrete Space, (Miami, 2018); Hecha la ley, hecha la trampa, Hangar (Barcelona, 2017); Symphony of Hunger: Digesting FLUXUS in five movements at A PLUS A Gallery (Veneza, Itália, 2015). His work is held in private and public collections such as: Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection - Brussels - Belgium, PAT Art Lab - Augsburg - Germany, Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto - Brazil, Laje - Bahia - Brazil.

DANIEL BARCLAY
Daniel Barclay was born in 1972 in the city of Lima (Perú) where he studied Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts Corriente Alterna and Central Saint Martins Art School in London. In 2010, he participated of the FAAP Art Residency in Sao Paulo and moved to Brasil where he currently lives. Between 2011 and 2018 he participated in different art residencies in Brasil, Colombia and Italy.
Amongst his recent shows are: Siesta at Emma Thomas Gallery (São Paulo), Pavilhão / Pabellón in Cecilia González Gallery (Lima) and Caderno Jornal at gallery 55SP (São Paulo). Daniel Barclay participated in the collective exhibitions “O Maravilhamento das coisas” at Sancovsky Gallery (São Paulo) and “La voz que se oye/ deja oir” in Amano Museum (Lima).

Heures d'ouverture : du mardi au samedi 11-19h
Une proposition par Le 26BY et The Bridge Project / Julie Dumont

 

Infos pratiques
Horaire
Du mardi au samedi
11h-18h
Adresse
5 rue saint georges
1050 Bruxelles - Belgique
Contact
+32486141330
felix@felixfrachon.com
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Description
The gallery was created to present and promote in and from Brussels, the young contemporary art scenes from the « emerging » countries. Following of seasonal themed programmation of 5 to 7 solo-shows questioning the essence of frontiers, time and politics, different discours, medias, origins, and art practices. The seasons are as follow: India 2016/17, Africa and its diaspora 17/18, Central & South America 18/19 and Arabic Countries 19/20. All the shows in one season are interlinked not by the « origin » or « place of work » of the artist, but by the questions and « Propos » defended by each artist. Following our aim to introduce different cultures, a book will be edited and a seminar organized.