Coletivo Plástico Preto
Leandra Espírito Santo
On the 22nd of February, Abre Alas will present its 10th edition and will complete 10 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 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 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, Rodrigo Torres and Maria Laet.
Since 2010 we have invited curators to select the works. This year the following are part of the selection committee: Armando Mattos (curator of the Búzios Biennial of Contemporary Art – BAB) and Marta Mestre (assistant curator of the MAM – Rio).
There were 283 entries and 28 projects were selected from diverse regions of Brazil and abroad.