Oh, I Love Brazilian Women! Curated by Luiza Testa at Apexart, NYC (Video + Photo Story)

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Installation view, Oh, I Love Brazilian Women! Curated by Luiza Testa at Apex Art, NYC, 2022.
Installation view, Oh, I Love Brazilian Women! Curated by Luiza Testa at Apex Art, NYC, 2022.
Installation view, Oh, I Love Brazilian Women! Curated by Luiza Testa at Apex Art, NYC, 2022.
Installation view, Oh, I Love Brazilian Women! Curated by Luiza Testa at Apex Art, NYC, 2022.
Lenora de Barros, Procuro-me / Procura-se (Wanted / Wanted By Myself), 2002, Sticker on mirror, frame and posters on newsprint paper, Dimensions variable.
Arissana Pataxó, Indiogente, Indigente, Indigen-a-te, 2020, Digital photographic intervention, 8⅜ x 11¼ (each).
Santarosa Barreto, Brazil, 2016-2019, LED lights, wires, and electrical converter, 27½ x 60 in. (exhibition copy)
Milena Paulina, O Grito, 2018, Inkjet printing on cotton paper, 27.5 x 39.4 in.
Camilla D’Anunziata, There’s no place like home, 2020, imitation leather, rubber, cold clay, 13.8 x 9.84 in.
Vitória Cribb, W97M/MELISSA, 2020, Digital images printed on acetate, Dimensions variable.
Juliana Manara, Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2021, archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle Pearl paper, 51.2 x 39.4 in.
Fernanda Sternieri, Alfabeto Cibernético, 2020, punch needling, 20.5 x 28.7 in.

Oh, I Love Brazilian Women!

Curated by Luiza Testa at ApexArt

January 15 – March 12, 2022

Featuring Work By:

Benedita Arcoverde – Santarosa Barreto – June Canedo de Souza – Vitória Cribb – Micaela Cyrino – Camilla D’Anunziata – Lenora de Barros – Juliana Manara – Brenda Nicole – Arissana Pataxó – Milena Paulina – Fernanda Sternieri

The fantasy that Brazil’s territories and women are prime for exploitation has been promoted from the moment of colonization, through 20th-century tourism, even to political speeches of today. The result has cemented a stereotype that incites violence against and sexualization of Brazilian women—both at home, and around the world; today, Brazil has one of the highest rates of murder and rape of women and trans people, and in places like London, 80% of Brazilian women fall victim to domestic violence.

The exhibition Oh, I Love Brazilian Women! presents works by twelve artists who critique this image of eroticized beauty and its dangerous outcomes. Examining the colonial and biological origins of harmful stereotypes that disproportionately affect Black and Indigenous women, and how such tropes are reinforced through Brazil’s national narrative of “racial democratization,” the works on view illustrate the psychological and physical toll of incessant objectification and dehumanization.

Through contemporary art, photography, interventions, and video-performances, selected works delve into the inequalities that women bear in an attempt to transform collective pain into a reassertion of identity and collective liberation.

Luiza Testa (b. 1987), is a translator and researcher from São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a B.A. in Brazilian and French Literature and Languages from the University of São Paulo (USP) and an M.A. in Critical Theory and the Arts from the School of Visual Arts, in New York. Her focus is on questions of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity and their interactions in society.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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The press release and the photographs are courtesy of the gallery and the artists.

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