Anna Maria Maiolino: É o que é
Opening: Saturday, Sep . 1, . 2012, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Exhibition: Sept . 2 – Oct . 6 . 2012
The artist occupies both floors at Galeria Millan with works created between 2005 and 2012.
Anna Maria Maiolino entitled the piece which she presented at the current dOCUMENTA
13 “Here & There”: two adverbs that merely point the public to her installation which
occupies various spaces of a house together with its garden. The title doesn't offer any a
priori interpretations that could potentially contaminate the direct experience of the public's
contact with the work.
For her solo exhibition at Galeria Millan (opening on September 1st), she chose the title É O
QUE É [“IT IS WHAT IS”]. Once again, the artist simply points out the pieces. The exhibition
is comprised of works created from different media and techniques: sculptures moulded
out of plaster for the series Entre o dentro e o fora [“Between the inside and outside”],
wall objects moulded out of cement for the series Novos ausentes [“New absences”],
pieces created out of Raku ceramics, drawings, photos and videos.
In a poetic memorial about the exhibit, the artist affirms: “This exhibition brings works
from 2005 to 2012 which use a variety of media/techniques. The title É O QUE É (IT IS
WHAT IT IS) simply refers to the works without clarifying what they are, thus emphasizing
the poetic features. É O QUE É underlines the possibility of establishing the real from ideas
in the use of a body of senses networked in diverse techniques. The works propose
metaphors grounded on experience, acquiring essence and meanings. The word technique
originates from the Greek verb 'tíkto' which, in its broadest definition, means ‘to bring to
the world.’ Thus, it is in experience that the artist emphasizes the audacity of living.”
Coinciding with the vernissage is the release of the booklet “Eu sou eu,” the print version
of the poem that is part of the artist's installation at dOCUMENTA 13.
Anna Maria Maiolino is a Brazilian artist who lives and works in São Paulo. Born in the
region of Calabria, Italy, Maiolino emigrated to Venezuela in1954 and, in 1958, enrolled in the
Arte Pura course at Escola Nacional Cristóbal Rojas in Caracas. In 1960, she moved to
Brazil. She participated in free courses in painting and woodcutting at the Escola Nacional
de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro. Since 1960, she has been using a variety of media in her
works including installation, drawing, performance, super 8 film, video, photography and
sound. Maiolino is currently participating in dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany with the
piece Here & There, comprised of a large clay installation from the series Terra Modelada
[“Modelled Earth”], sounds and vegetation, in addition to a vocal recording of the artist
reciting the poem Eu sou Eu [“I am Me”] which she wrote (the text has been printed in a
small publication). Also in 2012, Anna Maria Maiolino was awarded with the MASP Mercedes
– Benz prize for her body of work.