silkscreen on cardboard, manually binded with cotton fabric
25 x 21 x 9 cm
9,84 x 8,26 x 3,54 inch
USD 2.500 (plus tax, if applicable)
This artist book, presents a step-by-step carpentry manual showing how to make two single beds become a double bed. What may look like a series of visual instruction may as well tell us more about how we engage and the expectations we project in the relationship we build.
Jonathas De Andrade was born in Maceió in 1982, and lives in the north-east of Brazil in Recife, a coastal city rich in contrasts, where old colonial buildings nestle amidst modern skyscrapers and where the failure of the tropical modernist utopia is a tangible reality.
Anthropology, pedagogy, politics and morals are the lines of inquiry pursued by the artist to recount the paradoxes of modernist culture.
De Andrade gathers together and catalogues images, texts, life stories and material on architecture, and, through memory, pieces together a personal narrative of the past.
“I dive into this field of recollections”, says the artist. “This is a past I have no intimacy with, seen as if it were a territory, a place for re-enacting a kind of amnesia, an often-violent brush between today and yesterday. Not being touched by this is what allows me to rework the nature of these imagines. Art helps me to approach and respond to what provokes me. It also helps me to experience more wholeness along the way.”
A selection of his most recent solo shows includes “Jonathas De Andrade: o Peixe” (New Museum, New York, 2017); “Jonathas De Andrade: On Fishes, Horses and Man” (The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017); “Convocatória para um Mobiliário Nacional” (Museu de Arte de São Paulo [MASP], São Paulo, 2016); “Museu do Homem do Nordeste” (Museu de Arte do Rio [MAR], Rio de Janeiro, 2014); “40 Nego Bom é 1 Real” (Baca Project, Bonnafanten Museum, Maastricht, 2014); “4000 Disparos” (Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, 2013).
Among his most recent group shows, “Fikra Graphic Design Biennial 01: Ministry of Graphic” (Sharjah, 2018); “Welcome to the Jungle” (Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 2018); “Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection” (The Museum of Modern Art MOMA, New York, 2017); “We Are Here: I Am You” (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago [MCA], Chicago, 2017); “Quand fondra la neige, où ira le blanc” (Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, 2016); “The Right to the City” (Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2016).