Liquid City | 41 Estações

Initially conceived as a refuge and a place for meeting, the city presents the need of mobility and the challenge of the unknown. At the same time desired and feared, the unexpected is a condition that causes discomfort, giving rise to control measures that, in many cases, involve spatial planning as a strategy to stabilize the conditions for the development of human life.

Landscape instability is an urban feature, but the circulation of information and the action of locative media cause an unprecedented imbalance between informational and physical flows. Being mobile and connected is a requirement of the contemporary city, while the spaces for local living are reduced. We live a new experience where we handle the various layers of spaces – simultaneous, immediate and combined events – gathered on our smartphones. A vertigo of shared geographical coordinates and timezones that disembarks in the fragmented time of a city that seems intoxicated by the excess of its own energy.

It is precisely at this moment that AMA brings together two authors of different longitudes and generations who photography the city in a very particular way. While Canadian Frank Rodick breaks the location reference to scour his subjective world, Brazilian Luciano Siqueira makes a taxonomy of beings emerging from the  Rio de Janeiro subway underground.

The meeting takes place in a territory of experience where the two authors dismiss the viewer to face their themes and impertinences. They abandon their body and camera to the city movement to construct images from a perception that is not limited to eye sight. The process they use is special in the production of image about cities tradition, marked by a style of seeing and experiencing the environment as an external observer where cities look like an inhospitable scenario of anonymity. Unlike distanced observation, where we have an intellectual effort to understand the world, the images displayed here result from a process of sense activation that take off the centrality of vision in the act of deciding and clicking. Thus, its enjoyment can facilitate a sensory experience where the important thing is not to discover a meaning hidden in the images, but, on the contrary, what they have as untranslatable. By constituting photography as a form of knowledge  and an opportunity to face the present, the cities of these authors do not display identity marks, but retain their experience in the electronic metropolis. Places where connectivity and velocity are necessary for survival.

Visitors to this exhibition have the opportunity to venture into the artists’ trajectories and be affected by the beings that inhabit this shapeless terrain of art. Along the way, it is possible to understand the photographic practice as a destination that brings together those who, when looking at the world, illuminate the paths of their own consciousness.

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