Joao Castilho | Brazil

A visual artist, he holds a master’s degree in Visual Arts from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), 2010. Castilho works with photography, video, sculpture and installation. His photography-based explorations combine documental potency and a near-dreamlike apprehension of reality. In his work, evidences of his direct involvement with image creation hint at the existence of a narrative of the unsaid, enticing the viewer’s imagination. He has exhibited solo at Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte (2014); the 1500 Gallery, New York, USA (2012); at the Pampulha Art Museum, Belo Horizonte (2006); among others. He is regularly featured in group exhibitions in Brazil and other countries, including Elóge du Vertige, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (2012); Mythologies, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (2012); Encubrimientos, Photoespaña, Madrid (2010); Rumos Artes Visuais, Itaú Cultural São Paulo (2012); and others. João Castilho won the Ibram Contemporary Prize (2012), Projets de Création Artistique (2011), the Marc Ferrez Photography Prize (2010) and the Zum/IMS Photography Grant (2013). He published the books Hotel Tropical (2013), Pulsão Escópica (2012), Peso Morto (2010) and Paisagem Submersa (2008). João Castilho lives and works in Belo Horizonte.

Zoo | 2014, photography

In the Zoo series, the presence of wild animals in living spaces and the discomfort caused by this intrusion work as a reverse plea to question the place of man in nature. While the visual similarities create coherence in image composition, the peaceful feeling also exacerbates the exceptionality of the scene. Humor and fear, beauty and violence come together, underscoring the opposites that constantly permeate our experience in the world: nature and culture, natural and artificial, original and constructed.

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