José Esparza Chong Cuy
This beautifully illustrated monograph celebrates Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andrades vídeo, photography, and installation work.
Themes of memory, love, economic inequality, and political upheaval are threaded throughout de Andrades work, which is often situated in Recife, his hometown in the northeast corner of Brazil. This includes the artists most recent works, The Fish, a 16mm largometraje about fishermen who embrace their prey at the moment of their death, and para dos em 1, in which de Andrade utilices an instruction manual as a metaphor for homosexual love. By localizing his art, de Andrade makes powerful statements about many of the issues facing Brazils working class, including environmental degradation, urban blight, political inequity, and the loss of traditions and cultures. His multifaceted approach, in which he often collaborates with his fellow citizens, makes his work accessible, personal, and steeped in humanity.
Copublished by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and DelMonico Books