This exhibition brings together 23 works by the Rio de Janeiro artist, including both paintings and objects, established around the monumental installation 1,587, which consists of two large screens suspended in the atrium of the Foundation, placed to face each other, the canvases of which are sheets used in a Rio de Janeiro sex motel and in the National Cancer Institute, or lNCA, also in Rio de Janeiro. The title of the work derives from a calculation of the number of people who “passed through” these sheets in both establishments over a six month period. The numbers of presences/absences impregnated into the fabrics were achieved with the help of a mathematician, and provide the name for each side of the installation: “White 237” refers to the activity at the hospital, while “White 1350′ refers to the motel. Together, these figures amount to 1,587 traumas and ecstasies of unknown individuals brought together in this solemn, dizzying work. in Porto Alegre, meanwhile, however, for reasons of space, there is a reduced version of the original work, entitled 2,892, created in the late 1990s and exhibited only in 2011, at the Casa França-Brasil, in downtown Rio.
(excerpt from the text “Before the Word, landscapes and actions”, 2019 by Daniela Labra)