Cristiano Lenhardt | Brazil
Artist. He holds a degree in fine arts from the Federal University of Santa Maria (2000). His works range between public action and intimacy of the processes of drawing and engraving, questioning the commonly accepted limits of reality, and critically confronting them with other possibilities of existence. His work is composed of a myriad of textual, visual and sound elements, articulated in videos, writings, drawings, objects and installations. In the 2000s, along with other artists from Rio Grande do Sul, he was part of the collective Laranjas, active in the alternative circuit that began to form around Brazilian capitals and in its connections in other countries. He exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio (2014); Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2011); the 7th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre (2009); and the New Museum, New York (2010). He lives and works in Recife.
The video uses images captured at different sceneries across Brazil to create a continuous city/landscape where fantastic characters enact an allegory of history. Distinct groups coexist in a declassified dimension; Jussaras and Guaracys accept their saints and emanate blessings as they follow their sex-sound impulses. The title underscores the opposition between the superblocks (residential urbanistic units in Brasília that evoke the apex of modernist rationalism) and saci, a folklore character that emerged in the 18th century, and whose image is associated with disorder and irrationality. A poetical reflection about a fantastic utopia born of the failure of modern utopia.