Portugal - 1945
Potuguese, b. 1945
In Brazil since 1955, Artur Barrio is a multimedia artist who supports art that is ephemeral and challenging. The artist enters the national scene during the 1960s, amidst the frenzy around experimental art that characterized the artistic production of that period, and establishes a new paradigm by directing his transgressive practice toward the radical rupture from work that is monolithic and dissociated from life. He takes marginal experience, exploration of perception and expansion of sensorial capacity to the limit through actions within the field of “poetic terrorism” to break the traditional gaze and bourgeois mentality. He establishes a network of acrs, ideas and behaviors – documented through films and photographs – that face the normative mode, the casual relationships, stirring habits to imbue the spectator with perplexity. Organiz materials such as toilet paper, human waste, blood and bones are common in his work and show his intention of casting art to its final destination: the street, sewer and garbage.