Visual Essays

Wojtek Kostrzewa

23 Jan, 18h15

In between September 19th and December 21st I participated in Pivô Research program, where I had the opportunity to execute projects in the public space of São Paulo.

My initial project didn’t have any particular form or plan. My participation assumed maximum openness to the situation as well as to the redefinition of my artistic language. The main idea oscillated around the notion of being new in a place, bringing the position of a “Visitor” into broader interpretation. Soon after my arrival I understood that bringing my narration to such enormous scale city with so many visible problems would require a change in my strategy.

Most of my time I’ve spent on the streets, observing the reality and architecture of São Paulo instead spending it in the studio. My intention was to bring works that could interact with the city. Over the period of residency, I did two projects in the public space.

First of them entitled “Possibility of dialogue” was based on the forms observed on the streets and referred to the lack of the real communication in between the groups of interest. Second one entitled “Point of reference” was linked directly to the scale of the city and the possibility of being lost in the turmoil – physical and political. Both projects were created as parts of the city – to erode and eventually disappear in the landscape of São Paulo.

Apart from the interventions, I had great opportunity to be involved in a dialogue with the artist Marcelo Cidade and a collaboration with the artist Clara Ianni.

Materials that I gathered during my walks in the city are included in my photography project entitled “Our cities were built to be destroyed.

Pivô itself prepared great conditions for my work and helped with connections in the local art world. The possibility to live and work in São Paulo, even for a short period of two months was a great for me. For many years I’ve been interested in contemporary art from Brazil; being able to contribute in its artistic landscape was of great importance for my artistic growth.


The residency of Wojtek Kostrewa was supported by IAM –

Visual Essays

Marco Maria Zanin

13 Dec, 12h03

The works done during the artistic residency at Pivô arise from the studies of texts by Georges Didi-Huberman and Ay Warbung, which identify in the remains, in the rubble, the characteristics of the ‘symptom’: the sign of something that survives in depth, a pulsation that reveals the existence of other submerged temporalities under the dominant one. The goal is to make access possible through ‘dialectical images’, capable of revealing the anachronistic force of the element considered as belonging to the past, and re-signifying it. Once again, the attempt to create a possible path is generated by a short circuit between the powerful transformations of the city of São Paulo and the eyes of an Italian born and raised in a culture that, while preserving its past it’s not entirely able to make it relive in the present.

Visual Essays

Nicolau Vergueiro

19 Oct, 19h32

The visual essay shows schemes for new drawings composed from reference images – newspaper clippings, movie stills, graphs, historical paintings etc., that are rearranged and combined with soft materials, such as plastic bags and fabrics. From varied sources these images depict mysterious/curious characters and scenes, here reimagined as narratives that tranpose material and cultural production into the visual display of (quantitative) information.

Visual Essays

Gaia Fugazza

19 Aug, 20h03

In this Visual Essay artist Gaia Fugazza presents some details of the works she made at Pivo, together with the photos that inspired them: stolen images from her children nursery CCTV system.  An ironic sentence opens the sequence, asking what we lose when we take away the apparent possibility of secrecy.

Visual Essays

Guilherme Ginane

19 Jul, 18h53

In this Visual Essay artist Guilherme Ginane shows part of his practice´s backstage: the books that he studies in his studio, which are constantly stained and serves him sometimes as draft books. Whether art or literature books, they show the remains of this intense coexistence.

Visual Essays

Alessandra Domingues

22 Jun, 16h34

The pictures of this visual essay were taken by Alessandra Domingues on the roads of Switzerland and were photographed from inside a moving car, train or bus. The glass parts and other accessories attached to the cables are part of an archive of images that the artist has been collecting for some years through the cities she visits.

Visual Essays

Ricardo Alcaide

29 Apr, 17h54

In this visual essay, Ricardo Alcaide mixes his own works with reference images that informs his visual research. The artist constantly photographs different cities, creating a file that is frequently consulted to develop his work.

Visual Essays

Luiz Roque

07 Mar, 19h24

Complexo Ohtake Cultural: Architect Ruy Ohtake.

Spotlight, columns, mashrabiya and typography: Artacho Jurado.

Golden courtains.

Poster: I T Á L I A.

Photographs from a Super 8 positive film, 2009-2013.
[Artist Luiz Roque forges a formal link between Artacho Jurado, self-taught architect famous in Brazil for his 40’s/50’s constructions that disclose strong colors and a mix of styles, and the Ohtake Cultural, designed by architect Ruy Ohtake, a controversial building in São Paulo known for its colors and the constrast with its surroundings.]