Fernandes Gomes is part of the exhibition ‘Brazil: Knife in the Flesh’, on view at Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC), Milan, from 3 July – 9 September 2018.
The exhibition ‘Knife in the Flesh’ (Navalha na Carne) is the title of a play by Brazilian writer Plínio Marcos, particularly active during the years of the Brazilian military regime, and gathers together a series of works created in Brazil over the past forty years.
The title implies conflict and by means of installations, photographs, videos and performances, the artists make reference to this conflict – which has no beginning, much less an end, is hard to sum up in words and rarely translates into physical fights or battles. This is a social – and above all symbolic – conflict, then, rather than a military one and tells of broken dreams and disappointed hopes, but also of a people capable of keeping their incredible optimism and trust in the future.
Fernanda Gomes’s work will be displayed alongside other Brazilian contemporary artists, including Maria Thereza Alves; Jonathas de Andrade; Iole de Freitas; Daniel de Paula; Deyson Gilbert; Ivan Grilo; Carmela Gross; Runo Lagomarsino; José Leonilson; Ícaro Lira; Regina Parra; Vijai Patchineelam; Berna Reale; Celso Renato; Mauro Restiffe; Luiz Roque; Daniel Steegmann Mangrané; Tunga; and Carlos Zilio, amongst others.