Jonathas de Andrade: O Peixe
September 18, 2018 - January 13, 2019

In Jonathas de Andrade‘s O peixe [The Fish] (2016), a series of vignettes shot on 16 mm film, viewers witness what seems to be an intimate ritual in northeastern Brazil as individual fishermen forcefully yet tenderly embrace each fish until it stops breathing. The gesture that appears as a ritual, however, is one that the artist has invented, as if to push a deliberately exoticizing portrait to the limits of plausibility. O Peixe at the New Museum marked the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the US.

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