Details of Raphaela Melsohn artwork, fine soft carpet tiles with tan fabric as 'cracks'

Artist Conversation
Querido Helio, how can I translate you?

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
in conjunction with Summer Solstice 
5:30 pm, duration 45 mins 

Socrates Curator Jess Wilcox and Brazilian Artist Raphaela Melsohn will talk about Helio Oiticica’s Subterranean Tropicalia Projects: PN15 and Melsohn’s temporary earth drawing created in response, titled Querido Helio, I made a subterranean floorplan.  The discussion will highlight translation processes, scale shifts, and the relationship both works have with the body,  public, and the earth Socrates Park.

About the Artist

I’m interested in constructing environments from and to our bodies, in opposition to conforming our bodies to an ergonometric standard space. I believe in constant fluxes, holes, and organic shapes that intend to break the space as it is and break our bodies as we normalize them.

Among recent exhibitions “Por muito tempo acreditei ter sonhado que era livre” Arte Atual (Tomie Ohtake Institute, 2022), Columbia MFA Thesis Show (Wallach Gallery, 2022), “Biblioteca Floresta” (SESC Belenzinho, 2021), Eco Shifters (Fondazione La Fabbrica del Cioccolato, 2019). Solo shows “wearing a trap” (casamata, 2016), and “investigations in VIDEO: register, displacement of view and WAYS OF THINKING” (MIS, 2016).

Image credit: Noara Quintana