Maxwell Alexandre | Marcela Cantuária | Victor Mattina
Urgent Reports gathers pieces by three painters from Rio de Janeiro – Marcela Cantuária, Maxwell Alexandre and Victor Mattina.
The trio production comes together by choosing the narrative as the key element of their paintings. The urgency presented in the title reveals a paradoxical relationship in theirs works’ compositions: in an era of constant production and image saturation, their strokes eternalize narratives linked to the heat of the moment on the canvas, making stories and characters once marginalized, or just not often present in the contemporary art scene, emerge.
Marcela Cantuária (Rio de Janeiro, 1991) seizes different sorts of images – political photographs, documentary film frames, personal records, to weave stories which articulate and reimagine feminine narratives, historical episodes and the social daily life of the city of Rio de Janeiro, where she lives and works.
Maxwell Alexandre (Rio de Janeiro, 1990) weaves pictorial narratives from his experience in the place he was born, the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro’s capital. His vibrant visual vocabulary articulates scenes and characters that, usually made invisible, gain body and profile in a political moment marked by narrative dispute and historiographical revisions.
Victor Mattina (Rio de Janeiro, 1985) approaches painting in an analogue way to the one of a fiction writer. Using photographs from his personal archive or from books or researches on the internet as a starting point, the artist explores the superposition of spaces and characters from conflicting natures, resulting in a visual seam of high poetic voltage.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)