Live and work in Rio de Janeiro

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Opavivará! is an art collective from Rio de Janeiro, which develops actions in public places of the city, galleries and cultural institutions, proposing inversions in the use of urban space, through the creation of relational devices that provide collective experiences.

Specially conceived for the Taipei Biennale 2014, Formosa Decelarator is also contaminated by local Brazilian traditions, rituals and tea ceremonies. The piece consists of 16 hammocks, held by an octagonal wood structure, with a table at the center, where a variety of tea herbs will be available for people to make tea. It is a relational device that blends two typically Brazilian indigenous traditions: the popular practice of shamanism through curative herbs, and the hammocks in which indigenous people sleep, which the first Portuguese colonists associated with laziness, as they thought the indigenous people wasted too much time in them.

The idea revolves around a sort of temple of idleness, an invitation to inactivity, a space that worships the non-productive and non-active and that stands as a counter-proposition to our accelerated, superficial and volatile times. It aims to evoke a collective ambience based on sharing and on the relationships that arise through the interaction of the public, a tool to transform the challenge of living together into a vibrant and pulsating exercise of pleasure, congregation and creative idleness.

Since its creation in 2005, the group has been actively participating in the Brazilian contemporary art scene. Selected exhibitions include: Ao Amor do Público, Galeria A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro (2013); Circuitos Cruzados – O Centre Pompidou encontra o MAM, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2013); Abrigo e o Terreno – MAR, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013); Accion Urgente!, Fundacíon Proa, Buenos Aires (2014); Solo Project, ArtRio International Art Fair, Rio de Janeiro (2012); and Encontro De Coletivos Brasil-Espanha, Matadero Madrid, Spain. They were nominated for the PIPA (Premio Investidor Professional de Arte) prize in 2011 and 2013.

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