Context, complexity, distance, identity, relationship, are the main themes that can describe the ‘Postcodes’ project, curated by Pedro Wirz and Gabriel Lima, which recently opened in São Paulo, Brazil. Housed in Casa do Povo, an historic cultural spot of the city and important political resistance point during military dictatorship of the country, ‘Postcodes’ is a project that through the cracks and distances of modernity, explores the possibilities and different ways of doing and understanding art.
In an increasingly faster reality, which creates the need to codify and integrate an ever increasing amount of information from different sources : Pedro Wirz and Gabriel Lima, Brazilians with a solid and educated European- western background, have created an active and lively cultural exchanging platform in which to carry and where to relate the complexity of each artist’s works practices.
Surfing on the demolished distances of contemporary, they, in the main city of the distinctive country of cultural mash-up, give life to a project – manifesto of what is now São Paulo – or maybe of what it has always been. A project that has the will and the ability to catalyze and accelerate energies that wind and move into one of the largest cities in the world.
In a mix of vision, in which different identities will approach to a single context, the invited artists – Adriano Costa, Pedro Neves Marques, Dan Rees, Mandla Reuter, Emanuel Rohss, Max Ruf, Sanja Todorovic, Erika Verzutti and Hannah Weinberger – are terminal and departure points for a dialogue that connects them in an intertwined way with the city whose “typical” dishes are sushi and pizza.
A cultural landmark in the city of São Paulo, Casa do Povo, boasts a historical role in the city as both site and testimony of important cultural initiatives in the past, such as the experimental theatre company TAIB, the vanguard school Scholem Aleichem, and as a site of intense political resistance to the military dictatorship.