For the first major UK solo exhibition by Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle (b. 1974, Belo Horizonte, lives and works in São Paulo), Modern Art Oxford has commissioned a new site-specific installation, The Family in Disorder (2018).
It is accompanied by the premiere of Truth or Dare (2018), a video animation of photographs taken by the artist during a recent residency in South Africa. Together, these works provide an introduction to one of Brazil’s most significant contemporary artists.
This new commission is realised in the wake of rising social inequality caused by multiple political and economic crises, both in Marcelle’s home country of Brazil and across global society. Considering the exhibition as a space of occupation, the work provokes a dialogue about citizens’ rights and access to public space, drawing parallels between various social and educational structures in Oxford and Brazil.
Cinthia Marcelle is a Brazilian contemporary artist known for her large-scale installations, performances and video works. The artist was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1974, and graduated from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 1996.
Marcelle has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. The artist’s recent exhibitions include Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado: Divine Violence (Logan Center Exhibitions, University of Chicago, 2017); Education by Stone (MoMA PS1, 2016); At the Risk of the Real (12th Sharjah Biennial, 2015); and Dust Never Sleeps (Secession, Vienna, 2014). She represented Brazil at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), winning a Special Mention for her solo presentation Hunting Ground. In 2006, she was the recipient of the International Prize for Performance for her work Gray Demonstration (2006), while in 2010 she was awarded the first Future Generation Art Prize. She currently lives and works in São Paulo.Cinthia Marcelle, Truth or Dare / Verdade ou Desafio, 2018. Image courtesy the artist, Galeria Vermelho, Silvia Cintra + Box4 and Sprovieri Gallery.