SFAI Graduate Lecture: Marcelo Cidade

San Francisco, CA

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“Permeated with urban problems and social contrasts, São Paulo offers quotidian situations promoting various types of encounters: I’m exposed to unimaginable situations, often discovering, accidentally, situations of conflict. My work uses these situations as starting points. Experiencing these accidents makes me think of ways to immortalize transitory and ephemeral forms. Although politically loaded, these accidents usually go unnoticed.” –Marcelo Cidade

Marcelo Cidade creates uncanny situations, which appear as if by chance, in quotidian urban contexts. His process is that of a trickster or playful interventionist, and his actions produce subtle and poetic transformations in his home city, São Paulo, and similar public environments. Although his works may appear materially or conceptually off-handed, they are formally rigorous and amplify one’s awareness of the specific thrills of urban space. Cidade has recently exhibited at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing; Galeria Vermelho, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois; and the 8th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. He lives and works in São Paulo.