Museu do homem do nordeste (“Museum of the northeast man”) is an artist publication by Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andrade. Part of his solo show at Kunsthalle Lissabon, titled Posters for the museum of the northeast man, but autonomous from it, the book refers to “Museu do Homem do Nordeste,” an ethnographic museum created in Recife, Andrade's hometown, in the late 70's by sociologist and writer Gilberto Freyre.
Through approaching working class men on the streets of Recife or by placing ads on the local newspapers requesting men to be photographed for the posters of the museum, Jonathas de Andrade has established an ambivalent relation with both the men and the identity they were asked to portray, through the anthropophagous and eroticized gaze of the camera lens. The posters depicting men in different daily activities try to explore, question and reassess the issues behind the construction of a regional identity, that of the north-easterner Brazilian, and its present-day meaning/relevance.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Kunsthalle Lissabon in 2013.
Based on an almost anthropological process of historical, textual and photographic documentation, the work of Jonathas de Andrade Souza (born 1982 in Maceió, Brazil, lives and works in Recife) comprises conceptual installations that highlight the amnesia affecting some of the social, political, cultural and ideological realities of today's world.
published in October 2013
bilingual edition (English / Portuguese)
19,2 x 28 cm (softcover, spiral binding)
50 pages (ill.)
ISBN : 978-9-89982-131-6
EAN : 9789899821316
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