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Notebooks on a Voyage to a Sustainable World Part I: Germany

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5019ebeda957508f263d7b05d4a451951299521350 My proposal was to go to Germany and investigate the relationship between culture and nature, if possible, regarding the question sustainability.
I did that through direct observation and the result was registered through art, egg drawings, writings, photography. Understanding art expressions as part of the expression of our society, my proposed method was a random research on cultural manifestations around me, generating writings, drawings, photographs that were collected into a Notebook.
My hypothesis was that we perceive nature through cultural representations therefore art and culture influence as well as reflect our attitudes and beliefs towards the environment, to nature.
That is substantial in times of climate change and other environmental issues we face.
With my superficial knowledge of the German culture, I guessed it to be an intertwined culture with nature in a developed country.
When I came there and I asked, listened, looked, walked, biked, this was my ‘collecting data process’.
My conclusions were that indeed nature in this place seemed to be groomed, somehow preserved side by side with the 'orderly developed’: farming, industry, housing, etc. There were small reserves of forests side by side with human interferences on the landscape and gardens carefully planted and taken care.
Apart from how human interference on landscape seems to take ‘nature/environment’ into consideration, there is another important question that is worth mentioning: in this part of Germany, as maybe it is true in most European continent, for us, South Americans as myself, nature seems to have been civilized also because it has been represented over and over. The forests seem to be so much more ‘organized’; you can walk through the trees that are so 'lined up' leavin space for ‘Little Red Cap’ take her ride through them to grandmother’s house. They are not ‘dense’ as would be their tropical equivalent.
When we see the black crows flying over the crops on this flat land we may think: Van Gogh!
Through paintings’ reproductions. Children’s illustrations this nature has became 'familiar' even to those who had been raised far away from it, like me.
Despite from the fact that was my first visit to this part of Europe, a lot of things seemed familiar to me.
When I show my pictures of Shöppingen to my friends here they say in true astonishment:
- What a beautiful place!
Indeed a very beautiful place.
A place naturally beautiful, natural grace or a reference of beauty recognizable all over the globe?
I don't know.
Furthermore, going back to my project, the vey concept of a Notebook from my Voyage to a Sustainable World, part I, Germany or more precisely Münsterland, I recognized the desire for a 'role model on sustainability':
Would there be any region, any kind of territory on earth, being it (solid) ground or (fluid) culture that this question is being handled in a satisfactory way?
There seems to be more of a process than conclusive theories, implemented policies. Even though hopes for a sustainable way of life is a ideal shared amongst intelligent people, and I would include among them my newly made german friends, the question doesn't seem to be solved anywhere in the planet.
The idea that a developed economy could share wealth in order to generate well being, and yet preserve environment is still in the horizons of the utopias.
Somehow being there, talking to people that were committed to the issue, and sometimes as confused as I am, looking at the forests so lined up, the flower pots on the windows, all that got me to a deep, deep conclusion that we have to found a sustainable way of living.
Looking at historical buildings, old documents & paintings brought me to the fact that in our every day life, most of the time we look at culture as one solid block, a given thing and not something in constant transformation.
We were once pagans, and then we were once christians, and then we (still can be this or that) but is more like 'so on…'.
We have the capacity of inventing ourselves is the refreshing, reassuring way to see that we can found a society that is sustainable.
What does Germany and in particular Münsterlad have to do with this?
I don't know exactly, but some of it is there.





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The Agrarian Roots of Constructivism

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Constructivism was a (late) and important aesthetic (influence) movement in the development of Brazillian Contemporay Art. Some say it carried our deep hopes of getting out of an agrarian society to a industrial one. My question looking at this landscape was: is opposition country x city, less of an opposition in German society?
This is a homage to the landscape that 'maybe' gave birth to constructivism.


"The Couple, Orange Woman & Brown Man"

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"Orange Woman"
this was inspired in the offerings I found in the church, they were so concrete, real food. This drawing was also a homage to the woman who served me bread on the bakery.

"The Brown Man"
The soil seemed so brown-grayish, so muddy, so much water, everywhere it seems.
The water that had been managed for centuries, transformed by man, all this small channels cutting the land, everywhere.


How Much Do You Support Nature?

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The tree is supported by wood until it grows enough. it seems that the support is exaggerated, to me. Were I come from we don't have winter, vegetation grows almost all year around. We break them and they come back. Deep down, is like we don't feel we have to protect nature, we (still) have to protect from nature.


New Beauty

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On my ride I found this pile of compost on the landscape.
This was a pile of wood, discarded boxes, leaves,soil, from a greenery nearby. I thought it was beautiful, new beauty, I suppose. As we value recycling, we might as well paint it and find it beautiful.
This was the favorite of the young couple, so I gave them gladly.
New times, new beauty, new values.


These People & This Land

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So here I arrive: a flat part of land within one of the most industrialized nations, with the second Gini index in the globe.
A highly industrialized and developed country and I ask myself if I can see to see something (particular) about attitudes towards nature.
That the german culture has contributions like the homeopathic, and Hidelgard Bingen writing recepies with natural remedies and herbs.
I guess that a culture that is old enough knows the nature around itself.


Sustainabile Mundi, Sustainable World

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...an installation.


Sustainabile Mundi, Sustainable World, detail

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...more of an installation.


Sustainabile Mundi, Sustainable World, detail

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Luther & Catharina

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The old German couple redone, here against their nature
People were portrayed mostly against a flat background, a room, in Renascence.
What if this figures were portrayed against the nature they would live in?


The Germans Against Their Nature, The Duke of Saxony

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Following the same thinking I started this Duke of Saxony.


The germans Against Their Nature, The Duchess of Saxony

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..as I came home, I find this noble beauty, the Duchess of Saxony, in the internet. Due to more loose image rights we have here, there they stand, in my studio, the noble couple wearing their XVi century clothes, their presence make me think of the beginnings of our colonization, the official entry of this part of the world into History.
And so they tell us...
...to be continued.


Eu Pinto Flores/ I do Paint Flowers

This is a statement on why to paint flowers can have an importance on contemporary world. By addressing the symbolic features of flowers and their constant presence in so many human cultures we can rethink how we appropriate nature.
By addressing this once 'too sweet and too conventional' subject in the contemporary art world, we might think what else do we left out?
When is addressing beauty necessary, when is it a scape from 'more important issues'?
This statement is an example on my continuing research on art and nature, culture and environment.
And is in Portuguese.



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Brioschi Gabriela

Notebooks on a Voyage to a Sustainable World Part I: Germany

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Vita

My art fluctuates between images and words.
I tell stories through drawing, painting, installations and story telling (in person, as a performer).
The words can words be written, said, draw, graphically reproduced or electronic weihiculated. They accompany the subject matter or they can create another level, a parallel narrative.
Some of my recent works are 'installed books' as they tapke u the architectural space to present images and text, they function as a narration (or a juxtaposition of ideas) to get in touch with. The images can illustrate the words and vice-versa.
I work with he relation between art and nature, as I believe that as human beings we relate to 'whatever is around us' (being it nature or social relationships, eg.) through cultural representations. Art mediates our mediates our relation with our surroundings whatever they are.
Therefore they are a tool for changing in perception. I do link that to our times, when a necessary change in perception and attitude is underway.
And also with relation between subjectivity and 'art history', or more specifically, how do we (Brazillians, e.g.) appropriate western art (european, mostly) in a world changing fast.


Ausstellungen

Solo Shows
2007 Chromatic Diaries -Diário Cromático, Centro Cultural do Café,
Vitória, E.S.
2006 Museum of Ribeirão Preto, S.P.
2005 Drawings, Sleeves and Flags, Casa do Povoador, Piracicaba.
Selected Group Shows
2010 Who is Next, Stiftund Kuenstlerdorf Shoppingen, Germany.
2010 Longe Daqui Aqui Mesmo (Far from Here, Here), 29 th Biennal of
São Paulo, S.P.
2010 MARP, Ribeirão Preto,S.P.
2009 Salão Luiz Sacilloto, Santo André, S.P.
2008 Cheap Art, Atenas, Grécia.
2007 Biennale des Arts Brésiliens de Bruxelles, Belgium.
2007 Coexistence, Jewish Center & OCA, S.P.
2007 Intimacy with Drawing UnivesidArte XV, U. Estácio de Sá, R.J.
2005 Summer Festival at the Venetian Harbor, Creta, Grécia.
2005 6x8, Galeria A Estação, S.P.

Publications

2005 Dr.Lix contra o Terrível Monstro do Lixo (Dr. Lix Against the Terrible Monster of Garbage), Odysseus, S.P.

2004 Deuses do Olimpo, (Olympian Gods), Odysseus, S.P.

2003 Arte Hoje, 4 volumes (Art Today, Instructional Art Book for middle grade students), Editora FTD, S.P.

2003 Plantas do Brasil (Plants of Brazil), Odysseus, S.P.

2002 Bichos do Brasil (Brazilian Wild Animals), Odysseus, S.P.

2001 Feito Bicho! (Like an Animal!), Editora Global, S.P.

2001 Meu Amigo Lama - Meditação para crianças (My Friend, the Lama – Meditation for Children), Editora Global, S.P.