Museu do Pontal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Curators: Marcelo Campos and Grupo de Pesquisa Arte e Itinerários Culturais

Concept: Bete Esteves

1. Our secrets | 2002

Made by the hundreds these drawings came about during a time in which I was not living in Brazil; with them, I began to build a collection of cultural and sentimental references shot through by the contemporary subject matter of those (and these) times, such as urban violence and wars.

The last steps in the making of these drawings almost Always occurs through a juxtaposition of very fine sheets of paper mixing references and building new stories.

  • china ink on onionskin
  • A4 paper

Photo: Pat Kilgore

2. Casa Forte | 2006

I kept with in the distance the demolition of my parents’ home in Recife. I was stunned by the e-mailed images I received. One of them showed our favorite gathering room. Onto a still, lifeless image of it, I projected another (moving) image—shot 25 years earlier—in which children play in water or try to save one another from drawing. It was December 25, and the neighbor was listening to Christmas music.

  • Image (1’48”), sound (5’35”), loops, edition of 5 + 2 PA
  • concept and câmera work: Renato Bezerra de Mello
  • OTHER EXHIBITIONS: “Casa Forte,” Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste, Sousa (PB), Fortaleza and Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil / “Vuelvo al Sur,” L’Été Photographique, Centre de Photographie de Lectoure, France

Photo: Renato Bezerra de Mello