The Marilia Razuk Gallery presents the new installation by Flávia Bertinato - Bandida (Bandit). Created specially for the exhibition space, the work asks questions intrinsic to the urban experience, the relationships between people, anonymity and identity. In addition to reflecting upon urban displacement, the circulation of merchandise and products for consumption - recurring themes from the artist's body of work - are included.
The installation, entitled Bandida (Bandit), refers to a moment of tension and action. The installation features automotive bodywork spilling its load on to the floor of the exhibition area. Visitors, who are only able to come in through the sole entrance to the space, are meant to pass through the gallery's external area before the spilt contents are revealed: a mound of golden glitter set among hundreds of flashlights hand-sheathed with sheets of wood that provide the installation's lighting.
Thus, the work documents the actual material construction, which falls back on cheap and shiny artificial elements - the glitter that mimics the shine of gold dust - without dismissing the brutality of the bodywork. The choice of the installation's title, Bandida (Bandit), personifies this construction of identity as merchandise by alluding to the true story of the Bandido da Luz Vermelha (Red Light Bandit), the Brazilian robber who was active in São Paulo during the 1960s and, inspired by Caryl Chessman, adopted his own crime style, feeding the mythos.
Born in Pouso Alegre, MG in 1980, Flávia Bertinato lives and works in São Paulo.
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