Jonathas de Andrade, Brazilian, b. 1982 The Fish, 2016 16mm transferred to 2k, color, and sound Dimensions variable Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2017.3
Short A man stands amidst tall, wispy plant stalks about twice his height. He holds a machete and two bundles of dried up stalks in front of him to make an "X" shape.
Long A brown-skinned field worker wearing a yellow baseball cap, royal blue shirt and pants, and protective legwear stands in the center of a small clearing and looks directly at you. He is holding a machete and two bundles of harvested sugarcane stalks. The stalks extend well beyond his head and are held at two angles to cross at his center forming an "X." A wall of tall green sugarcane foliage rises up directly behind him against a pale blue sky. His feet disappear into a blanket of brown sugarcane leaves.