Jonathas de Andrade

  • 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.
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.
  1. 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.
Jonathas de Andrade, ABC da Cana (Sugarcane ABC), 2014. Framed pigment prints on Hahnemühle paper mounted on aluminum; 26 photographs, each 13 4/5 × 13 4/5 in. (35 × 35 cm).
Jonathas de Andrade, ABC da Cana (Sugarcane ABC), 2014. Framed pigment prints on Hahnemühle paper mounted on aluminum; 26 photographs, each 13 4/5 × 13 4/5 in. (35 × 35 cm).
Jonathas de Andrade, ABC da Cana (Sugarcane ABC), 2014. Framed pigment prints on Hahnemühle paper mounted on aluminum; 26 photographs, each 13 4/5 × 13 4/5 in. (35 × 35 cm).
Jonathas de Andrade, Educação para adultos (Education for adults), 2010. Posters printed on photographic and plastic paper; 60 parts, each 13 2/5 × 18 1/10 in. (34 × 46 cm).
Jonathas de Andrade, Educação para adultos (Education for adults), 2010. Posters printed on photographic and plastic paper; 60 parts, each 13 2/5 × 18 1/10 in. (34 × 46 cm).
Jonathas de Andrade, Educação para adultos (Education for adults), 2010. Posters printed on photographic and plastic paper; 60 parts, each 13 2/5 × 18 1/10 in. (34 × 46 cm).
Jonathas de Andrade, Educação para adultos (Education for adults), 2010. Installation view, 29a Bienal de São Paulo: Há sempre um copo de mar para um homem navegar, Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, 2010.
Jonathas de Andrade, still from O caseiro (The housekeeper), 2016. Two-channel video (black-and-white, sound); 8 minutes (looped).

About

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.

Funding

Lead support for Jonathas de Andrade is provided by R. H. Defares and the Margot and W. George Ascendant Artist Fund.