ADRIANNA EU - SEW IN
Carioca artist Adrianna Eu will transform the ground floor of Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea in Ipanema into a large sewing room. This is the exhibition “Sewing in”, which will be inaugurated on August 15, with about 25 unpublished works produced this year, which revolve around the construction of each one's identity and desire for belonging. The artist relates the construction of the garment with the construction of herself and her place in the world, thinking of deviation and difference. The exhibition will be accompanied by a text by art critic Douglas de Freitas.
To create her works, Adrianna I constantly uses sewing objects, deviated from their original function, to talk about affections. And it was recent encounters with transvestite artist Agrippina R. Manhattan and the black, non-binary singer (not exclusively male or female, outside the gender binary) Majur that led her to think “in the power of all that you have to deny the rules to simply be what you are.”
Using elements of sewing, the artist builds her works and touches on issues she wants to highlight. It uses maps of clothing patterns, threads, buttons, scissors, pieces of fabric and lace, among others. Among the works presented will be a large installation composed of six million meters of red line tangled in the ground. On it will be a table with a sewing machine facing the wall. The installation refers to the image of the thread that eventually wraps around the sewing machine and needs to be cut and discarded. “The idea of discarding what didn't work out, what didn't go straight, is what interests me,” he says.
In many works, the artist inserts words - written or embroidered - as is the case of the work that brings a piece of pink bias next to an embroidery that reads "life is not a bed of roses". Another work brings sewing scissors whose blade is surrounded by red lines, immobilizing the act of cutting, creating a reversal of strength and power. The work “Latifundio” has a large buttonhole, with a single small button beside it. Already "The Great Board" is formed by buttons of various colors, such as black, brown and beige. There is only one white in their midst. “It's a work that talks about a place of power and privilege,” says the artist.
Adrianna Eu panned many pieces of her work at antique fairs and many of them come loaded with stories. One of the works has buttons where the remains of lines are stuck, which were already there when they were acquired by the artist. She uses these tracks to talk about how much everything we abandon, or cease to be, somehow helps us compose the new.
The exhibition completes the video “A Sewing of Yourself” (2005), in which the artist sews her own fingers to the sound of a song by Tom Zé. This is the only unpublished work of the exhibition, but it will be presented in an unprecedented way through a video installation, consisting of a monitor, a screen and a seat with a place for a single person to watch the video at a time. For the artist, it was essential that this work was in the exhibition, because she relates to all the others. “Video is one of my first works and it talks about the construction, deconstruction and eternal reconstruction of who you are,” he says. This work is remarkable in Adrianna Eu's trajectory and was seen by artist Louise Bourgeois (Paris, 1911 - New York, 2010), with whom Adrianna met twice and whose meeting and discovery of her work were very striking for the artist's trajectory.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Adrianna Eu (Rio de Janeiro, 1972. Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro) She graduated from the EAV School of Visual Arts - Parque Lage (RJ) where she attended Malu Fatorelli courses between 2003 and 2006; and in Philosophy, with Auterives Maciel, at the Museu da Republica, between 2003 and 2007. Since 2010, he has been attending the Alice Group of Studies and Projects, coordinated by Brígida Baltar and Pedro Varela.
As a stage name she adopted “Adrianna eu” (name that would represent her), thinking of it as a work-name. Having as one of its themes the relations of people with their own identity, was taken by a desire to have in their own name a "provocation" that already considers as an initial work. Adrianna I is a work-name that intends to provoke in the other a feeling of reflection. With the intention of generating a strangeness and raising the questions of the limits of self, for each place that the artist travels, the pronoun "I", because it is not a surname, is translated into the local language, thus enabling the intentional strangeness process is built.
Among his main solo exhibitions are: “Narcissus Diving” (2015), at Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea; “The deepest thought is a beating heart” (2014), at Casa Porto, in Rio de Janeiro; “Recent Works” (2005), at the Imperial Palace, in Rio de Janeiro, among others.
His group exhibitions include: “Gaps Filled - The 7 Cornellys” (2019), at Villa Aymoré, in Rio de Janeiro; “Of Blood and Bones” (2018), “Transformation” (2018), at Casa Firjan, in Rio de Janeiro; “Manjar: love in freedom” (2018), at Solar dos Pineapples, in Rio de Janeiro; Trio Biennial (2017), in Rio de Janeiro; “That which unites us” (2017), at Caixa Cultural, in São Paulo; “In Memoriam”, at Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro; “What unites us” (2016), at Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro.