Djanir, title of the exhibition, is the name of one of the fisália sculptures that will be shown in the gallery A Gentil Carioca starting June 6th. Djanir, “cyborg mermaid”, as Paulo Paes affectionately entitles it, is a colonized fisália.
Physalia Physalis is a marine being, or colony of beings, polyps, whose popular name is caravel. Also, fisália is the name that Paulo Paes uses for his subaqueous sculptures. Fisálias are sculptures that immersed in the sea are colonized by marine organisms, as the proper Djanir, or virgin fisálias; sculptures ready to be immersed in the sea and adopted by collectors and institutions interested in participating in Paulo Paes´ research project.
The work of the artist unfolds around the process of life adaptation to new environmental conditions. The artist creates and immerses the structures (fisálias) made of urban waste (plastic bottles, metallic glass packages, shells) and natural materials (rock, wood, bone) in the ocean. When interacting with the marine environment, these structures generate a progressive biological activity.
As shelters of different sizes and shapes, surfaces, filament filter, lashes, handles, platforms etc. the fisálias cover various levels of depth and illumination facilitating a varied range of organisms while offering a substrate for fixation and supply of the existing nutrients. The cultivation, the maintenance and the expansion of these colonized structures are collected in audio and visual reports.
Djanir is the first exhibition presented by Paulo Paes at the gallery A Gentil Carioca. The show is the result of the artist´s research process; operations and maneuvers of devices submersed in the marine biome to attract and secure underwater life.
Djanir showcases samples of mature colonized fisálias displayed in a salted water aquarium, result of a 2 year and 10 months sea life project backed by biology expert Mauricio Andrade; underwater photography images, sculptures (virgin fisálias); drawings; canvases (seascapes); videos; texts and reports on the process.
The exhibition is supported by IEAPM (Institute of Marine Studies Admiral Paulo Moreira), whose scientific coordinator is the biologist Ricardo Coutinho, and location, Ilha do Farol de Arraial do Cabo , field of work where Paulo performs his experiments.