(No names, but names) is Debora Bolsoni’s first solo show in France. It is also the name of the main installation downstairs, around which we have built an exhibition which samples the importance of drawing in her practice.
Bolsoni is largely known as an installation artist, specially for her tendency to use construction materials and everyday appliances by removing them from their ordinary contexts. By re-signifying tiles, trolleys, and trinkets we take for granted and engaging with them as the stuff of her work, she imbues them with a certain presence. These objects become recurrent characters in her work. Bolsoni has been learning from her object-subjects for years now, observing carefully how they carry themselves around and drawing them at it.
Bolsoni’s relationship with drawing has not usually been highlighted. This exhibition hopes to tell the story of the gordian knot that ties drawing and sculpture in her practice; of their irresolvable entanglement. The story we are telling is therefore, above all, a story of silhouettes; of a line scratched onto a rocky wall to trace the presence of a hand, of a beast… or of a water dispenser or a wheelbarrow. Drawing and sculpture, saluting the paradox of presence/absence.
Debora is born in 1975 Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, she lives and works in Sao Paulo. Debora Bolsoni has a master degree in visual poetics at the Escola de Comunicação e Artes da Universidade de São Paulo – ECA/USP (2014). She studied at the Visual Arts School of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro (1991 to 1993) and in the Saint Martin School of Art, London (1993). Nowadays she is an assistant artist-collaborator of the Visual Arts Department and in this capacity she teaches art at the São Paulo University. Debora Bolsoni is a Lauréate of the commission visual arts of the Cité internationale des arts.
CLAUDIA RODRIGUEZ PONGA
Claudia Rodriguez Ponga (Madrid, 1982), is currently developing her doctoral research on relations between forms of artistic production and magical models in the University of São Paulo (ECA/USP). She graduated in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain, and is Master of Curating by Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has experience in the arts, having worked with Galeria Pepe Cobo, Madrid, and Jaqueline Martins Gallery, São Paulo, and several cultural institutions as a freelance producer. She has published the book “Tentempié” and curated exhibitions such as “Luz de Gas” in Mediodia Chica, Madrid (2011), the “Sir John Soane Audioguide Project” in London along with Carmen Cebreros Urzaiz (2007), “Abrakadabra” in Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo (2014), within the ArtRio curatorial program organized by Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo (2014 and 2015). She has recently received the C. LAB Mercosul curatorial award for the exhibition project titled “Miniatures, maquettes, voodoo and other political projections”, which will open in January 2017.