Nino Cais: The Human Body Factory: Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil

5 November - 19 December 2020
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Taking as a starting point the title of the exhibition alluding to the pioneering anatomy atlas “de humani corporis Fabrica”, published in 1543 by belgian doctor Andreas Vesalius, A Fábrica do corpo humano present a set of collages and interventions made on pages of books, objects and photographs, combined with an installation consisting of a fence and a volume of shirts. conceived from a recurring theme in the artist’s production, the body as the matrix of everything that exists in the world, the exposition explores the relationships between body and space.

“if the body at any time guides the construction of space, architecture also shapes and restricts the body” through this thought, nino cais highlights this relational complexity in his production, placing the body as the original point of reference for everything that surrounds it. Whether the artist registers himself in his photographs, relating to everyday objects, or even when he relies on canonical images, nino questions the intermediation of objects with the body and the world. Searching for an original reference and exploring the limits of body within others, like the installation presented in the exposition, where there is a struggle between the limits of the grid and the limits of the physicality of the body, represented here by the shirts, nino questions references and symbols, creating a void from what would be central.

using cuts, splits, ink, stains and torns, in a process of revealing gaps between subjective experiences and official narratives, the artist establishes a relationship close to the materiality of paper in the encounter with the universe arising from formal knowledge. With the premise of understanding the body as a cast that gives rise to objects and spaces, the artist explores, through the works presented, the development of this questioning. he travels between the past and the present in these recombination’s and, through careful observation, transcribes other possible relationships, recovers his textile research, a process he used at the beginning of his artistic research in college and which is strongly related to his own history and work, to present them in a more consolidated and mature context.

nino cais investigates and produces other pages of history from the version already told and known, inquires the limits between physical and abstract, between the body and the world where it lives.