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The Name of Fear | Rio de Janeiro

Art is not afraid of childhood

If we take art as an open field of language construction, and if we consider that the language apparatus of children is still being formed and is also open and flexible, we may assume that they will be foremost in the enjoyment of art: childhood is the time in which art will have a chance to operate more radically, as a response to someone else’s proposition.

Since the profound transformations of art that occurred in the twentieth century, children, along with madmen and the so-called 'primitive peoples', became a fundamental reference of the power to resignify through the other’s eyes, which is the incessant invitation of art. The recognition of this power gives us today, for example, the freedom to be moved and renew our gaze at the art created in caves by prehistoric man and to follow its meaning throughout human history up to the present day.

In The Name of Fear, Rivane Neuenschwander operates in the interstices of words and images and provides her poetic instruments to plunge into the other’s history and experience – children gathered in workshops at Museu de Arte do Rio and at Escola de Artes Visuais. With fear and the textual and visual elaboration of their intimate universes as their unleashing elements, these children — through the artist’s re-elaboration of their whole material – raise before us the renewed and renewing functions of art by yielding individual and collective ways of creating language apparatuses to name and reinvent the world.

Reinvented, revived and renamed, it is the only world we can access – the human world, the one created by our gaze. Others will exist, but will remain forever invisible, untouched or uncharted by language.

The Museu de Arte do Rio is grateful for this project proposed by Lisette Lagnado and produced in a partnership with Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, and sees in it the resonance of some of the important principles of its trajectory and platform: here, too, no one is afraid of the freedom of childhood, because we know the power of art to name and remake the world and its fears.

Evandro Salles
Cultural director – Museu de Arte do Rio
 

  • Photo: Pedro Agilson

  • Photo: Pedro Agilson

  • Photo: Pedro Agilson

  • Photo: Pedro Agilson

  • Photo: Pedro Agilson

  • Photo: Pedro Agilson

  • Photo: Pedro Agilson