Jonathas de Andrade, ABC da Cana (Sugarcane ABC), 2014. Framed pigment prints on Hahnemühle paper mounted on aluminum; 26 photographs, each 13 4/5 × 13 4/5 in. (35 × 35 cm).
At once intimate and historical, the work of Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andrade evokes love, memory, and place. His photographs, installations, and videos often respond to the geography and culture surrounding Recife, the city in the northeast region of Brazil in which he lives and works. He grapples in particular with the promises, failures, and inequities of Brazil’s “modernist project” as the often-overlooked region undergoes rapid and often rocky urbanization. This exhibition will be the artist’s first solo presentation in a major US institution.