Série Vermelha (Militares), 2001 - 2003
Red Series (Military)
Rosângela Rennó wrote about this series:
The starting point of Red Series (Military) is the "portrait bourgeois".
The original portraits that make up the Red Series were obtained
from a collection of family albums from different countries (Brazil,
U.S., Germany, France, Russia, Argentina, and others), donated
by friends, bought in flea markets and second hand shops, and
found on the streets. All are domestic photographs showing individual
men and children wearing military (or military-inspired) uniforms.
The images were retouched in the computer to achieve a certain
"zero degree" of visibility, as though immersed into
the saturation of the applied blood-red color. The blood-like
color used annuls the whites and "delays/pushes the image
to the limit of visibility. "According to Mariano Navarro,
in Red Series there is an effect of "evaporation of the image,
by the action of thinning it out until it becomes almost transparent.
Then, only the spectator's susceptibility (the action of receiving/absorbing
something in himself or the aptitude for experiencing a certain
effect) will endow a personal content to something that comes
to us from the shadows and lights of the past."
In a way, there is a common opaque background in all of the images,
where the different thin images are amalgamated. Effects of a
phantasmagoria where the universal male vanity, associated with
the use of the uniform, enters in tune with violence in a latent
Written for the presentation of a work from this series as a large-format
silk-screen print in the "Denkzeichen
4. November 1989" (May - August 2001), an illuminated
billboard project by Pat Binder and Gerhard Haupt on Alexanderplatz
© Text: Rosângela Rennó
* 1962 Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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