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DON'T YOU WANT ME BABYYYYY?

Você não me quer beeebêêêê?

by curator Marina Ramos

"After the work series presented in her performance "Janta®" and in her solo show "Fruits of Labor", in which the artist produced ceramics painted in popular food brands motifs, Larissa Fantini dedicates this series of drawings to her fascination with markets as anthropologic and affectionate spaces and the concept of the American dream.

 

Such drawings are like self-portraits or autobiographical reports, representing the various stores the artist used to attend in the cities she lived throughout her life. Born in Brazil, Larissa spent most of her existence outside her home country, moving from place to place because of her parents' job. In Indonesia, the first country she lived in as a child, the artist recounts her family's visit to the American military base in a rural area. Nearby, at a gas station, she discovered a new world "with streets paved with Lucky Charms cereal and rivers of high-fructose corn syrup" - foods that appeared in the American movies and series she used to watch on cable TV. These were seen in almost every market she visited around the world.

 

The fascination and nostalgia for these elements are evident in her use of oil pastel and the varnish finish on paper. The crayon material gives an attractive, childlike and almost edible plastic element to the drawings, especially in the piece "Shelf portrait". In this drawing she reproduces a supermarket shelf on a human scale where her most favorite and dearest foods are displayed for the viewer. In the convenience store portraits, Larissa chose to reproduce the facades of different places she used to go throughout her life, in order to buy items for her need and desire. The varnish finishing and the image framing give a photographic element to the drawings, which are fond records in the artist's memory, like a postcard.

 

The artworks in this exhibition show that both identities of the contemporary  individual and society are built based on the concept of desire. Commerce spots and consumer goods, especially food, create relationships of affection (or aversion) in the daily life. When we consume through our eyes and mouths - bodies, in general -, these elements surround us in ways which they infiltrate our memories, tastes and desires through palates, jingles and images. Larissa assumes this condition, and her artworks, in addition to talking about herself, draw the portrait of a society that consumes through its affections".



Marina Ramos

July 2022

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COLOCAR LEGENDA

 Larissa Barddal Fantini

born in 1995 in Curitiba, Brazil

 

Education

2013-2017- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Paris College of Art; Paris, France

2022- Bachelor diploma equivalence; Universidade Federal do Paraná

2019-2020- Projeto Permanente de Desenvolvimento e Experimentação em Artes Visuais SESC Paço da Liberdade (certificate scholarship program), Curitiba, Brazil

2018- Núcleo de Artes Visuais SESI/PR (certificate scholarship program); Curitiba, Brazil

2012- Rising Star summer program, Savannah College of art and Design; Savannah, USA

2009-2013- Oil painting specialization at Atelier Veronica Cestau, Montevideo, UY

 

Solo and two person shows

2022

-DON’T YOU WANT ME BABYYY (Você não me quer beeebêêê?); curated by Marina Ramos, SOMA Galeria; Curitiba, Brazil

 

-Fruits of Labor: Para o seu Prazer; curated by Renan Archer, SOMA Galeria; Curitiba, Brazil

 

2021

-Super Bonder (sobre cadeira de fórmica); curated by Marina Ramos, Círculo Galeria; Curitiba, Brazil

 

2018

-Janta® II; SOMA Galeria; Curitiba, Brazil

-Janta® with Silvina Rodrigues; SOMA Galeria; Curitiba, Brazil

 

-Selvática with Silvina Rodrigues; curated by Miguel.Miguel.Miguel, Casa Viva; São Paulo, Brazil

 

2015

-Pillow; Konsthall C (Centrifug) with Elina Bergmark, Stockholm, Sweden

 

Group shows (Selected)

2022

-Conheça 2022 – Novos nomes das artes visuais em Curitiba; MuMA (Museu Metropolitano de Arte de Curitiba), curated by 

 Renan Archer and Thaylini Luz with artists Ana Beatriz Artigas, Dariane Martiol, Diogo Duda, Douglas Figueira Scirea, Eleonora Gomes, Érica Storer, Everton Leite, Gustavo Magalhães, Larissa Barddal Fantini, Miguel_Miguel.Miguel, Ué Prazeres, Val Gryzb, Vini Maia

-Serralhas; curated by Marina Ramos with artists Claudia Lara, Janete Anderman, Magu Bistafa, SOMA Galeria; Curitiba, Brasil

2021

-Meia Luz; apartment occupation and exhibition for 75m2

-Penumbra; virtual exhibition for 75m2

-Silence; curated by Olivia Abando, virtual exhibition for Grapevine Residency

 

2020

-Três pedras n’água para um círculo perfeito, SESC Paço da Liberdade, Curitiba, Brazil

-Community; curated by Olivia Abando, virtual exhibition for Grapevine Residency

 

2019

-Kaktai II; curated by Renata Mocellin, Galpão, Curitiba, Brasil

 

2018 

-Leilao Somatico; curated by Malu Mayer, Coletiza, Curitiba, Brazil

-Kaktai I; curated by Renata Mocellin, Galpão, Curitiba, Brazil

-these here spilt voices; curated by Slanted House, Circle 1 Gallery, Berlin, Germany

 

2017

-were speaking alone together; Galerie du Crous; Paris, France

 

2016

-Relational (Im)probability; Espace F15; Paris, France

 

2014

-Animals, hosted by Paris College of Art, Gallery 102; Paris, France

 

2012

-Screening of “desmascarada”, SCAD theater; Savannah, USA

-Rising Star, SCAD gallery; Savannah, USA

 

Teaching

2022- Lecture and workshop at SESC Paço da Liberdade

2022- Guest lecturer for Art C Curitiba

2020- Virtual Workshop for the Escolas Municipais de Curitiba

2019- Lecture and workshop at Boiler Galeria

2018- Lecture and workshop at SOMA Galeria

 

Publications

2021- present- Poetry Trapper Keeper

2021- Coping, Sand Journal Issue 23 (cover image and inside spread)

2019- Slanted House Issue #3

2018- Queer Surface(s) (Slanted House Issue #2)

2018- PRAGAESCUTA; Publication resulting from the Núcleo de Artes Visuais do SESI PR

2018- Slanted House Issue #1

 

Residencies, awards and grants

2020-2021 Grapevine Residency, London, UK

2021 Um a Um; digital short film festival curated by Dani Agapito, Curitiba, Brazil

2019-2021 Projeto Permanente de Desenvolvimento e Experimentação em Artes Visuais SESC Paço da Liberdade, granted by the special jury of the Paraná, hosted in Curitiba, Brazil

2018 Núcleo de Artes Visuais SESI/PR; selection by Ana Rocha & Beatriz Lemos, Curitiba, Brazil

2018-2019 Artist in Residence; SOMA Galeria

2013-2017 Selected four times by jury for the PCA end of year exhibition; Paris, France

2013- Rising Star finalist, Savannah College of art and Design; Savannah, USA

 

Collectives and projects

2021 present- Poetry Trapper Keeper – weekly poetry publication Co-created with poet Kelly Mullins

2020 present- 75m2 – artstic develepment platform and project Co-Created with curator Marina Ramos 

2017-2019 The Slanted House Collective – queer artists’ and writers’ project based in Berlin, Germany and Paris, France 

born in Curitiba, Brazil in 1995 but only returned to live and work in the city in 2018. In the meantime she has lived in Telêmaco Borba, PR (Brazil) , Coqueiral, ES (Brazil), Porto Seguro, BA (Brazil), Indonesia, China, Uruguay, and France. She graduated in May 2017, from Paris College of Art with a bachelors of fine arts. Larissa is an artist, writer and teacher. She has exhibited her work in Brazil, France, Germany, and Sweden. Her work encompasses politics, popular culture, themes of the domestic, and intimacy, amongst others. She is the co-creator of 75m2, an independent art platform. 

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