Jonathas de Andrade

Jonathas de Andrade, The Fish, 2016. 16 mm transferred to 2k, color, and sound; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2017.3.


At once intimate and historical, the work of Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andrade evokes love, memory, and place. His photographs, installations, and videos often respond to the geography and culture surrounding Recife, the city in the northeast region of Brazil in which he lives and works. He grapples in particular with the promises, failures, and inequities of Brazil’s “modernist project” as the often-overlooked region undergoes rapid and often rocky urbanization. This exhibition will be the artist’s first solo presentation in a major US institution.

This exhibition is organized by José Esparza Chong Cuy, Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is presented in the Bergman Family Gallery on the museum’s second floor.