‘MATA! MATA!’ by Gê Orthof

  • VENUE: Canberra Contemporary Art Space
  • WHEN: 12am to 12am
    8 November 2019 - 14 December 2019

Brazilian artist Gê Orthof works with installation, performance, drawing, video and photography.

His latest show, ‘MATA! MATA!’, explores the environmental degradation and political inaction that Australia and Brazil both share through the term ‘Mata’, a Portuguese homonym meaning both forest and kill. Through installation, performance, drawings, video and photography, Ge references the complexities of maligned communities, indigenous tribes and LGBTIQ+ communities and reflects his own altruistic notions of freedom, understanding and acceptance.

There are two overriding themes in Gê’s work: emptiness and miniature. The monumental spaces and buildings of Brasilia that conceal their barrenness behind the facades of form, function and officialdom inspire his works. His miniatures, on the other hand, respond to brief encounters with art works inviting the public to look closer, to enter into the space of the work, to be curious.

Since 1993 he has been a Professor in the Graduate and Undergraduate programs in the Visual Arts Program at the Institute of Arts, University of Brasilia, where he directs a research group titled: Moradas do Íntimo (Home of Intimacy) dealing with the artist’s creative process from studio to the art spaces to public intervention.

He has previously been the: Visual Arts Coordinator at Latin American Culture House – Brasilia University; visiting artist at School of Visual Arts, Penn State University and post-doctoral artist at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston. He holds a Masters and a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in Visual Art from Columbia University, a BA in Design from Rio de Janeiro State University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Visual Arts, NYC.