Paulo Bruscky: A Trajectory

Open Lecture


Isto é uma droga / It is a drug, 1971/2004 assemblage of medicine boxes 45,5 x 33 x 18 cm

Paulo Bruscky: A Trajectory
A talk with Paulo Bruscky, Moacir dos Anjos and Michael Asbury

On October 10, Paulo Bruscky will participate of a roundtable with Michael Asbury (TrAIN) and Moacir dos Anjos (curator of the 29th São Paulo Biennial) to discuss his artistic trajectory, spanning from his involvement with mail art during the Brazilian military regime (1964 -1984), his collaboration with Daniel Santiago, and his participation in the international Fluxus movement. Characterized by a constant experimentation with media and textuality, the practice of Bruscky is a written record composed of its own idiosyncratic signs, neither registered by mass custom nor by cultural objectification. Rather, his body of work represents one of the greatest expansions of extended writing in Brazilian and international art. The insidiousness of mail art in the time of dictatorship, performances and interventions within the city of Recife and abroad, as well as the semiotic black market of information; these are some of the issues that will be touched upon in this lecture.

About Paulo Bruscky

Paulo Bruscky was born in 1949 in Recife, where he lives and works. He featured in the 16th, 20th, 26th, and 29th editions of the Bienal de São Paulo (1981, 1989, 2004, 2010); the 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009), among other biennials, as well as group shows such as the San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial, Puerto Rico (2012); Sistemas, Acciones y Procesos, at the Fundación Proa, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011); Cine a Contracorriente, at Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Spain (2010); and Panorama dos Panoramas, at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil (2008). Recent solo shows include: Arte Correio, at Centro Cultural dos Correios, in Recife (2011); Paulo Bruscky – Uma obra sem original, at the Museu de Arte da Pampulha, in Belo Horizonte (2010); and Poiesis – Contexto e Limiar, at Galeria Nara Roesler, in São Paulo (2009), all in Brazil. His works are included in the collections of: Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo and Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, both in Brazil; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, among others.

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    Dr Michael Asbury

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