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...As the art seasons go by, feel the fresh breeze rolling in from the Atlantic
Created in 2018 and enacted shortly after the pandemic, BREEZE is an initiative by the Embassy of Brazil in London aimed at promoting contemporary Brazilian art in international markets – in other words, to blow some fresh air into Brazil’s vibrant presence in the global art system.
Annually, an open call for submissions from galleries based anywhere in the world will bring contemporary Brazilian art to the heart of London, in the midst of the UK’s hottest period of the year for the art market.
For up to six weeks including the four days of Frieze London, the chosen gallery will receive support toward production and a 250-square-metre gallery space at the Embassy of Brazil main cultural space: Sala Brasil, a listed venue just a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery. Any gallery representing contemporary Brazilian artists or estates can take part in BREEZE. There are no restrictions on theme, curatorial framework, solo or group shows, number of works or formats/medium... The key rule is having Brazilian contemporary art at its core.
A panel of curators sifted through nearly two dozen projects submitted by galleries during the open call, which ran from October 2022 until January 2023, ultimately selecting False Symmetry, a solo show by Osvaldo Carvalho. Represented by Janaína Torres Galeria, Carvalho is a São Paulo-based, Rio de Janeiro-born artist, who frequently delves into imagery from mass culture, advertising, household objects, interior spaces, and urban landscapes, using bold colours to scrutinise power dynamics.
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