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Watchlist Artist: Matheus Rocha Pitta

‘In saying yes, Andy Warhol agreed with social and economic reality. Warhol is the artist of agreement. To agree in this sense, though, is to confront oneself with reality as it is. To agree is the precondition for either accepting or refusing something; only by agreeing can one change it. Andy Warhol was courageous. He cooperated with reality in order to change it. He showed me that reality cannot be changed unless you agree with it.' (Thomas Hirschhorn)

Sprovieri is delighted to present "The Agreement", the third solo exhibition by Matheus Rocha Pitta at the gallery. Rocha Pitta, inspired by Thomas Hirschhorn ethical reading of Andy Warhol, will show a series of concrete slabs with contemporary clips from international newspapers featuring – often powerful – people in gestures of agreement.

(text source: Sprovieri)

More on Matheus Rocha Pitta(b. 1980, Tiradentes, Brazil)

Born in Tiradentes, Brasil, Matheus Rocha Pitta works with photography, sculpture, video and installations. Through site interventions and sculptural actions his work conveys knowledge and narratives and through the use of images and objects it creates relevant references to contemporary and past events.

Rocha Pitta is particularly concerned with the two processes of apprehension and conversion. Apprehension has a double valence - ‘to take hold or confiscate’ and ‘to understand and perceive’. Consequently, images and objects - commodities taken from the outside world - become the means to express and understand a specific reality. The process of conversion is centered on this exchange between matter and images, which through the exhibition becomes a phenomenological experience.

Rocha Pitta’s exhibitions are often construct as circuits where the viewer is enabled to pick up references, develop thoughts and link the different elements that are part of it.

(text source: Sprovieri)

Education: History, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brasil, 1998 – 2000. Philosophy, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 2002 – 2004.

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(All images: Matheus Rocha Pitta, the agreement exhibition view , 2014; Courtesy of the Artist and Sprovieri)




Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 2/22/14

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