Valeska Soares, Finale, 2013, multimedia.
The Pinacoteca de São Paulo, a museum of the São Paulo State Secretariat for Culture, presents the exhibition Valeska Soares: Entrementes [Meanwhile] from August 4 to October 22, 2018. Curated by Júlia Rebouças, the exhibition occupies the fourth floor and the entrance space of Pina Estação and presents a selection of Valeska Soares’ work from the last 30 years, in which the main themes center on the subject and the body, memory and affects, and the relationship between space, time and language.
Born in Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais, in 1957 and based in New York since the early 1990s, Soares is one of an international group of artists who have expanded the possibilities of installation in art by subjectively engaging the viewer, with sculpture as her primary medium. Her works often call upon fictional narratives in literature to weave experiences of intimacy and desire that reach beyond the individual sphere and elicit a collective sensibility.
With her use of evocative materials, the artist explores the tension created by oppositions. Her sculptures and installations often feature reflective materials such as stainless steel and mirrors, in contrast with organic and sensory materials such as flowers, in order to enhance the visitor’s experience. It is to this effect that Soares makes use of a variety of sensory techniques, including sound, to create atmospheres and experiences that are at once inviting and disturbing.
For the exhibition at the Pinacoteca, Júlia Rebouças has selected 40 works from the museum’s own collection and from private collections, as well as works lent by the artist herself, some of which have never been seen in Brazil. As the title of the exhibition suggests, the paintings, collages, objects, installations and sculptures displayed present intermediary contact zones: the intersections between the individual and society, between the covert or mysterious and the explicit, between the past and future, etc. “The exhibition also includes works that explores the idea of collectivity, whether through the act of collection, which Soares explores in a number of her works, or by constructing a shared experience, as in Epílogo (2016) or Vagalume (2007)”.
(Image courtesy of Oriol Tarridas/the artist and Alexander Gray Associates)