Kunstverein Hamburg

Matheus Rocha Pitta

The Curfew Sirens

15 Feb - 17 May 2020

Matheus Rocha Pitta, The Curfew Sirens, Photo: Eric Tschernow
The Curfew Sirens
15 February –17 May 2020

The Kunstverein in Hamburg presents the first solo exhibition in Germany of Brazilian artist Matheus Rocha Pitta (*1980 in Tiradentes, lives and works in Berlin and Rio de Janeiro). His sculptures often incorporate newspaper clippings from his archive depicting various quotidian gestural expressions. He uses them in cast concrete slabs of various sizes and forms on which he arranges the material in multi-layered compositions. As articulations of body and language, these gestures have far reaching ethical and political implications. With his petrified collages, Rocha Pitta aims to construct stories, memories, and scenarios that reflect and resist various forms of authoritarianism, misinformation, exploitation, and injustice.

For his exhibition in Hamburg, RochaPitta has developed an ensemble of 8 new sculptures called Sirens based on gestures of held mouths, ears and eyes. The selected imagery opens up a variety of reference points, including Ulysses‘ encounter with the eponymous mythical creatures, the three wise monkeys from a Japanese proverb, and an increasing surveillance mentality in many societies in combination with the urge for constant expression of opinion on social media and the Internet. With the exhibition, Rocha Pitta pursues the question of a possible interruption of the multi-layered chain of power, violence, and language as well as the right to freedom of expression, hate commentaries, and authoritarian control.

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