Garo Keheyan, Michael Asbury (eds)
ISBN 9963 9199 0 1
Illustration 79 colour plates,
37 black & white
Dimensions 220 x 185 mm
Languages English, Turkish, Greek
is a 256-page catalogue of the work of Brazilian artist Antonio
following an exhibition of his work
Occupations/Discoveries in October/November 2005 at Pharos
Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus. Includes extensive
foreword by curator Michael Asbury and interview of the artist.
Antonio Manuel lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
He began his work
as an artist during the 1960s when he became acquainted with key
figures of the Brazilian art scene such as the critic Mário Pedrosa,
and artists Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape and Ivan Serpa.
Like many of his contemporaries, such as Cildo Meireles, Artur
Barrio, Ana Maria Maiolino, he developed a posture that expanded the
limits of art practice, increasingly focusing on the body as a
vehicle for his propositions. Partly a consequence of the
socio-political environment, partly a creative strategy, he worked
in the interstices of cultural dissemination appropriating imagery
and sometimes the actual circuits of circulation of mass
communication. Sensationalist newspaper headlines, censureship, the
displacement of marginalized populations, crime and police brutality
have featured in Antonio Manuel’s oeuvre, tracing the upheavals of
Brazilian history over the last forty years. Often focusing on the
relation between outside and inside, his work has consistently
questioned consensual notions of art through interventions in
museums, newspapers or in the urban environment.