TRAÇOS

The Brazilian photographer Cristiano Mascaro  and the Polish visual artist Sławomir Rumiak were invited to participate in an artistic project Traces of People whose objective was to discover Poland and Brazil from a foreign perspective. Together with Stephan Stroux from Germany, curator and initiator of the project, the two have collaborated since 2013 with the aim of establishing an intellectual dialogue between these two countries. The book Traces concludes the project, presenting its selected aspects and offering the artists’ reflection  about their experience.

In order to resemble the structure of the project, the publication is divided into three parts, each one representing one point of view.

The book opens with the curatorial text by Stephan Stroux. As the project initiator, and the person responsible for the meeting between Mascaro and Rumiak, Stroux presents the essence of the work of each of the artists and reveals the idea behind this artistic attempt to establish new perspective on Poland and Brazil. A section dedicated to Cristiano Mascaro contains a selection of black and white photographs that the artist took in four Polish cities: Warsaw, Krakow, Gdańsk and Łódź. Without journalistic intentions, through the prism of his cultural baggage, Mascaro photographed the public and the intimate space of the inhabitants of the Polish cities, but without showing the people themselves. Instead, he used vestiges of human coexistence - personal objects, decorating elements - to build stories about the lives of his absent characters. From the asceticism of the photos of Mascaro we move to the cinematographic narration of Sławomir Rumiak. The part of the book dedicated to the Polish artist focuses on the artistic film "Macunaíma Returns to São Paulo" that Rumiak shot during his artistic residency in the largest Brazilian metropolis. The São Paulo of Rumiak is free from the crowd. The citizens of São Paulo disappear from the image leaving the space for a group of subaltern residents -  the invisible ones who failed to realize the dream of wealthy life in the city. Referring to the myth of the Macuanaíma, Rumiak observes his characters and reveals their strategies of taming the city that is compared by the artist to wild and hostile nature.

 

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