Examining Inequality: Rio de Janeiro through a Visual Arts Lens

Matheus Rocha Pitta, Brazilian Artist in Residence
Friday, October 26
Texas Governors’ Room, 3.116, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin
Note: A light lunch will be served
Rocha Pitta is based in Rio de Janeiro, where his art focuses on the displacement and circulation of commodities in the black market. He uses photography and video to mediate and interpret transactions that occur on a daily basis, including the confiscation of guns, jewelry, and drugs by the police. These are displayed to the public in an exercise of power, and he uses these images to criticize a perverse segment of the capitalist system.
Bio: Rocha Pitta studied history at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and philosophy at the Universidade Estadual do Rio do Janeiro. He was an artist’s assistant for Miguel do Rio Branco and Rosângela Rennó. He studies urban spaces and mega-metropolises because he believes that these settings characterize the discontinuity of contemporary life. Rocha Pitta is the first Ibêre Camargo Foundation Artist in Residence at UT.

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