The New Museum opens this Wednesday, January 25th, the first solo museum presentation in the United States of the work of Jonathas de Andrade, a Brazilian born in Maceió (Alagoas) who has been considered one of the most promising artists of his generation. Andrade presents at the New Museum his most recent work, the video “O Peixe” (2016), a series of vignettes shot on 16mm film that stood out during last year’s São Paulo Biennial.
“O Peixe” follows various fishermen at the mangroves of a coastal village in Northeastern Brazil who still utilize traditional methods, like nets and harpoons. The artist then decides to navigate an hybrid territory between documentary and fiction by asking them to hold their prey to their chest until it stops breathing. The invented ritual, in which the fishermen forcefully, yet tenderly, embrace each fish, creates a powerful message about the nature of humankind and the way men has been interacting with nature.
What: Exhibition “O Peixe”, by Jonathas de Andrade
Where: New Museum – Lobby Galery
When: January 25 – April 9