November 26, 2019 –
January 18, 2020
Cinthia Marcelle et al.: A morta

Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 26, 5:30-8 pm

To participate, visit wattis.org/amorta.

Cinthia Marcelle presents a new solo commission, A morta, in which she converts the galleries into a temporary radio station and stage, inviting the public to participate in live programming in the gallery and via an online platform. Alongside activation from the public, the 24-hour station is further punctuated by a series of programs—ranging from DJ sets and lectures to comedy and news. The work destabilizes the expectation of creative authorship in favor of collective decision-making, resulting in playful, dramatic, and unexpected interventions.

The installation is structured around the Brazilian poet and writer Oswald de Andrade’s 1937 play A morta (The Dead Woman). In this forceful text, Andrade investigates the relationship between theater, life, and death, employing theater metaphors to express a fundamental impulse toward change. The play considers the social implications of an artist's relationship to art and the desire to re-engage art in the conflicts of everyday life. Similar to the play, Marcelle's installation is an instrument for its own transformation, and reflects the artist's own questions related to her practice in the wake of rising social inequality caused by multiple political and economic crises, both in the artist’s home country of Brazil and across the world.

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Public Programs:
December 5: Chris E. Vargas hosts Transcestor Radio Hour
December 6: Casa Chama and aarea.co host an evening with Animalia
December 12: PJ Gubatina Policarpio hosts a conversation on kinship
December 14: aarea.co activates the exhibition at Ocupação 9 de Julho
December 14: Family Holiday Cookie Jam
January 10: DJ Lynnée Denise presents a soundscape and lecture
January TBC: Radio Yandê programs a full day of Brazilian Indigenous music

Cinthia Marcelle (b. 1974, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) lives and works in São Paulo.

Cinthia Marcelle: A morta is curated by Kim Nguyen and organized by Leila Grothe. The work is developed in partnership with aarea.co, with exhibition design by Calen Barca-Hall and VÃO. Generous support has been provided by the Wattis Institute's Leadership Circle and Curator's Forum. Special thanks to Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo. The artist thanks Calen Barca-Hall, Livia Benedetti, Eduardo Brandão, Diran Castro, Gustavo Delonero, Adriano Ferrari, Eliana Finkelstein, Jacqueline Francis, Rodrigo Franco, Jeanne Gerrity, Leila Grothe, Anthony Huberman, Eungie Joo, Anna Juni, Kaitlyn and Mike Krieger, Clarice Lacerda, Scott Minneman, Ava Miranda, Marcia Miranda, Camila Motta, Kim Nguyen, Cristiane Quercia, Mauro Santos, Christopher Squier, Marcela Vieira, Enk te Winkel, Cafira Zoe, and all the participants.
Cinthia Marcelle, The Family in Disorder [A Família em Desordem], 2018. Installation<br />
view [room of the disorder], Modern Art Oxford. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Ben<br />
Westoby
Cinthia Marcelle, The Family in Disorder [A Família em Desordem], 2018. Installation
view [room of the disorder], Modern Art Oxford. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Ben
Westoby
Cinthia Marcelle, Hunting Ground [Chão de Caça], 2017. Installation view, 57th Venice<br />
Biennial. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo.
Cinthia Marcelle, Hunting Ground [Chão de Caça], 2017. Installation view, 57th Venice
Biennial. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo.
Cinthia Marcelle, The Family in Disorder [A Família em Desordem], 2018. Installation<br />
view [room of the order], Modern Art Oxford. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Ben<br />
Westoby
Cinthia Marcelle, The Family in Disorder [A Família em Desordem], 2018. Installation
view [room of the order], Modern Art Oxford. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Ben
Westoby
Cinthia Marcelle, The Family in Disorder [A Família em Desordem], 2018. Installation<br />
view [room of the disorder], Modern Art Oxford. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Ben<br />
Westoby
Cinthia Marcelle, The Family in Disorder [A Família em Desordem], 2018. Installation
view [room of the disorder], Modern Art Oxford. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Ben
Westoby
Cinthia Marcelle, The Family in Disorder [A Família em Desordem], 2018. Installation<br />
view [room of the disorder], Modern Art Oxford. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Ben<br />
Westoby
Cinthia Marcelle, The Family in Disorder [A Família em Desordem], 2018. Installation
view [room of the disorder], Modern Art Oxford. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo. Photo: Ben
Westoby
Cinthia Marcelle, Hunting Ground [Chão de Caça], 2017. Installation view, 57th Venice<br />
Biennial. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo.
Cinthia Marcelle, Hunting Ground [Chão de Caça], 2017. Installation view, 57th Venice
Biennial. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo.
Cinthia Marcelle, Hunting Ground [Chão de Caça], 2017. Installation view, 57th Venice<br />
Biennial. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo.
Cinthia Marcelle, Hunting Ground [Chão de Caça], 2017. Installation view, 57th Venice
Biennial. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo.
Cinthia Marcelle, Hunting Ground [Chão de Caça], 2017. Installation view, 57th Venice<br />
Biennial. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo.
Cinthia Marcelle, Hunting Ground [Chão de Caça], 2017. Installation view, 57th Venice
Biennial. Courtesy of the artist and Vermelho, São Paulo.