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Matheus Rocha Pitta: For the Winners the Potatoes

Bethanien Kunstlerhaus



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DruckVerlag Kettler
01 December 2017
Art & design styles: from c 1960; Installation art; Performance art; Individual artists, art monographs
The KfW Foundation and the cultural centre Kunstlerhaus Bethanien are collaborating on a studio programme offering a twelve-month residency in Berlin to young artists from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Verlag Kettler presents the artistic work of the grant holders in an ongoing book series. Matheus Rocha Pitta (born 1980 in Tiradentes, Brazil, lives and works in Rio de Janeiro) has created a new group of works entitled For the Winners the Potatoes. At the time of publication, this work an be found at the exhibition room of Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, as well as in two of Berlin's underground stations, Hermannplatz and Gesundbrunnen, and in a showcase at SOX in Berlin's Oranienstrasse. Rocha Pitta's performative installations at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien and in the underground stations allow him to interact with the public. He presents trophies that are made of plastic bags or concrete instead of gold, silver or bronze, and invites visitors to take along potatoes as victory trophies. His work deconstructs the concept of victory and the hierarchy of winners and losers, creating a dense network of historical references going back to Ancient Greece and asking fundamental questions about the meaning of gestures, the community and its value. Rocha Pitta portrays his trophies with a mocking sense of humor. By connecting glory with mundane, everyday objects, he aims to subvert the hierarchy of winners and losers and invites the spectator to rethink the meaning of victory and defeat. 35 b/w images
By:   Bethanien Kunstlerhaus
Imprint:   DruckVerlag Kettler
Country of Publication:   Germany
Dimensions:   Height: 250mm,  Width: 210mm, 
ISBN:   9783862066605
ISBN 10:   3862066606
Pages:   64
Publication Date:   01 December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

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