LLILAS and Blanton Cohost Artist-in-Residence Program
Posted: September 20, 2007
The Latin American department at the Blanton Museum of Art and the Brazil Center of LLILAS at the University of Texas at Austin will cohost the new Ibêre Camargo Foundation Artist-in-Residence Program this fall.
The foundation is based in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and sponsors emerging artists living in Brazil for a period of two months at internationally renowned institutions. A jury chosen by the foundation and made up of national and international specialists selected Matheus Rocha Pitta for the new program at UT. He will be in residence October 1–November 30, 2007.
The Blanton Museum and Brazil Center will host a range of activities for Rocha Pitta during this time, including a public lecture, student workshop, class visits, and gallery talks. The objective of the program is to strengthen the commitment to Latin American contemporary art and artists, as well as further develop strong links with important institutions such as the Ibêre Camargo Foundation.
Matheus Rocha Pitta (b. 1980 Minas Gerais) studied history at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and philosophy at the Universidade Estadual do Rio do Janeiro. He was an artist's assistant for Miguel do Rio Branco and Rosângela Rennó. Rocha Pitta studies urban spaces and mega-metropolises because he believes that these settings characterize the discontinuity of contemporary life.
The project he will develop in Austin, DRIVE THRU, will focus on the displacement and circulation of commodities created by the capitalist system. Photography and video have a central role in Rocha Pitta's work as they mediate the interpretation of the transactions that occur on a daily basis. DRIVE THRU will be a three-part project that will incorporate mapping the city and locations of found objects; the production of objects mimicking guns, jewelry, and drugs; and the filming of a video to be edited in Brazil.