SEE••DS presents Véio and a day of Brazilian art

We are delighted to invite you to the Brazilian Culture Open Day at SEE••DS in partnership with Braziliarty and the Cultural Section of the Brazilian Embassy, promoting Brazilian Culture through Véio’s work, showing for the first time in London. Please join us on Saturday 5 March, to discover a show by the Brazilian artist: Cícero Alves Dos Santos, known as Véio, who had an auxiliary exhibition at the last Venice Biennale . the exhibition... Read More

Braziliarty Pop Up in Soho

40 Beak Street is an important building with a strong history. Built in 1910 it was a police section station, then turned into offices and it has got planning permission for demolition since 2008. In 2013, a group of activists, squatters and protesters took over the building to organize the Anti-G8 protest. The police came and there was a riot and an attempt of suicide. Almost 67 people were arrested. Since then many squatters tried to stay however... Read More

Alicia Bastos review: Turfed, rescuing the social values in football

“One thing is to have an amazing idea, the other is how you make that happen” said Turfed Director Brazilian Renato Rocha as he welcomes me at the Hackney Downs’ door. Some of the challenges of Brazilian’s development have been brought to this 10 months long production. Renato travelled Egypt, Tanzania and Kenya with the Street Children World Cup team, which gave him a broader understating of the life of children on the streets. Photo by Ellie... Read More

From Basquiat to spray painting, street artist L7M’s colours in Europe – interview by Cal Angrisani

This is a story of a young man from the countryside of São Paulo state who had a dream a few months ago to fly with his painted birds. So here he is, in his first European tour shooting rays and colours wherever he goes. From a young age Luis Gustavo Martins started drawing what interested him the most – faces, birds and monsters – and inspired by Caravaggio’s realistic observation of the human state combined with Turner’s... Read More

Reflections on the 55th Venice Biennale and Brazil at it

Going to the Venice Biennale for the first time is an experience that requires more than to read as much as you can before, speak to people who have been, plan at least five days in Venice, pack comfortable shoes and stylish wear. After reading a few but particularly one specialised magazine issue about this year’s Biennale, I felt slightly apprehensive. Reading that if I “want to see something new I should better go to Montevideo…” made... Read More

Brazilian Presence at Frieze Art Fair week and in London 2013

This year, like never before, Brazil’s presence at the Frieze art week in London was solid and influential. Frieze Art Fair, one of the largest contemporary fairs in the world attract not only high profile collectors, curators and head of institutions on top of the public, it also attracts other art events and fairs to happen during the same week, turning London into an art capital of the world for a week. Brazil is hot topic in several aspects... Read More

Interview: Latin-American Art Collector Catherine Petitgas

Catherine Petitgas is a highly influential Latin-American art collector, Trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and former director of Alma Gallery. With her husband Franck Petitgas, they have been involved for years with Tate’s Latin American Acquisition Committee and as Trustees. Catherine, who studied at Courtauld Institute of Art in London, has recently also launched a book on Brazilian Contemporary Art together with the curator Kiki Mazzucchelli,... Read More

Interview: Theater Director Renato Rocha

Nothing like a hot Sunday afternoon, a cold beer and an open terrace in the heart of Camden as a setting to interview Renato Rocha. The Actor and Theater Director is working in town this summer, acting in BufoMecanica’s piece for the Shakespeare Festival: Two Roses for Richard III, and as Artistic Director of Dark Side of Love in production at the Roundhouse. Renato is what we call ‘menino do Rio’ (Rio’s boy); carrying a great smile on his... Read More

Lya Nagado ” Still life” at ICN Gallery: Questioning Mortality by Roy Exley

Lya Nagado: Questioning Mortality “The whole magic of beauty is in its mystery” - Schiller* As soon as I saw Lya Nagado’s beautifully executed, but enigmatic, oil paintings ranged around the gallery wall at ICN, I knew I was in the presence of something rather special. Her paintings, whose hues and tones suggest those of the Flemish old masters, have surfaces whose sumptuous velvety textures offer few clues as to the labour-intensity... Read More

Romen Gouveia, ‘Guilty pleasure … the impossibility of logic’ by Emer Costello

Romen Gouveia’s installation, ‘Guilty pleasure … the impossibility of logic’, an electric boutique of colour, charges the debate of how “brands play the roles of deities in our culture, creating our most powerful iconography, building our most utopian monuments, articulating our experience back at us, not religion, not intellectuals, not poets”. (Klein, p.30, 2002) Showcasing at ‘Goldsmiths Degree Show, 2012’ his kaleidoscopic piece... Read More

Interview: Galpao 30 years anniversary

I arrived at the Globe on the Friday afternoon on time to see Galpao’s truck delivering the costumes and props through the backstage door. The adventure of finding them took me into a journey inside Globe’s staff members. I ended by  meeting the festival’s Director Tom Bird. He was really pleased to have Galpao back  and he was the one who took me, in person, to the technical team of the troupe . I finally arrived at the rehearsal room, tip... Read More

Alicia Bastos review: Grupo Galpao’s Romeo and Juliet

Grupo Galpao’s version of Romeo and Juliet has already been enchanting the world for 20 years. It was first put together by the Group back in Brazil and presented in the historical city of Ouro Preto. Since then, the play travelled  across the country and the world, playing over 270 times until 2003, coming to London, to the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in 2000. To celebrate the Shakespeare Globe to Globe Festival and represent Brazil, there... Read More