Galeria da Gávea, Rio de Janeiro presents Extração Inframundo (Underground Extraction), Pedro David’s solo show bringing together works produced during six years in the area where he lives, the north of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
Carried along by the thought that the artist “is someone deeply dissatisfied with the world as it is, which leads him to create his own worlds“, in 360 Metros Quadrados (360 Square Metres) Pedro David uses Polaroids to photograph his immediate environment, such as the objects that surround him on a daily basis or even the objects he collects. Imposing instructions on himself not to cross the boundaries of his neighbourhood, through these images the artist nevertheless hopes to show a reflection of the world as it exists beyond the borders of his daily life, almost as if they are images of a journey around the world.
In the gallery’s main space, Pedro David is showing two sets of works for the first time in a single hanging. The first of them, Madeira de Lei, depicts the areas of eucalyptus monoculture planted by iron and steel companies for the production of charcoal. In David’s photographs, the regular, monotonous pattern of the vertical lines formed by the eucalyptus trunks is interrupted by undulating plant forms, trees of other species, which occupy the space in a singularly organic way. Their presence, uniquely, “owed to a law preventing the cutting of certain species of native trees threatened with extinction that would normally grow in the fields occupied by the monoculture”, he explains, caught his eye, drawn to these resistant forms born into an environment hostile to diversity.
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Galeria da Gávea
Rua Marquês de São Vicente 432 Gávea, Rio de Janeiro Brazil
May 05, 2018 to June 27, 2018