Curated by Livia Flores, Michelle Sommer and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Rodrigo Alcon Quintanilha
Rodrigo Garcia Dutra
On the 7th of February 2015, Abre Alas will hold its 11th edition and will complete 11 years of existence. One year after A Gentil Carioca was founded Mario Botner, Laura Lima and Ernesto Neto noticed that they had a treasure: they had received around 200 portfolios of artists from all over Brazil. The directors of A Gentil Carioca decided to take advantage of all of this material in an exhibition that has been held since 2005, in the period just before carnival. The name “Abre Alas” is a reference to the float that starts the parade of the Samba schools. The project is an exhibition which was launched with the aim of creating space for young artists. With time the exhibition started to have participants from all over the world.
A Gentil Carioca functions as a showcase, and is happy to see that the artists that have presented their work in the exhibition continue their path as part of the larger art network. More than 100 new artists have participated in the project over the years.Amongst them are: Maria Nepomuceno, Guga Ferraz, Bernardo Ramalho, Rodrigo Torres. Maria Laet, Gabriela Mureb etc and etc.
Since 2010 we have invited curators to select the works. This year the following are part of the selection committee: Livia Flores, artist, Michelle Sommer, curator and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, artist and curator.
There were 310 entries and 42 projects were selected, from diverse regions of Brazil and abroad.