ArtRio 2013: looking at cities

A quick visit to this year’s ArtRio international art gallery festival at Pier Mauá on Wednesday showed that urban issues are inspiring artists. Cariocas and Paulistas, as well as foreign artists, are mirroring the fact that so many of us live in cities and so many of them border the unworkable.

Here are some amateur, in some cases horribly reflected shots, of what they are up to:

A lot of concrete, in the model by the São Paulo Triplex collective

A lot of concrete, in the model by the São Paulo Triplex collective

Arcos da Lapa, by Spanish artist Isidoro Blasco

Arcos da Lapa, by Spanish artist Isidoro Blasco

São Paulo, by Peruvian Eliana Otta

São Paulo, by Peruvian Eliana Otta

Rio de Janeiro, by Peru's Eliana Otta

Rio de Janeiro, by Peru’s Eliana Otta

by carioca Rogério Reis

By carioca Rogério Reis

View of Rio from the Santa Cruz fort in Niterói, by carioca Ricardo Azoury

View of Rio from the Santa Cruz fort in Niterói, by carioca Ricardo Azoury

Boards used to protect commercial establishments in Rio, during the recent protests, by carioca Bruno Veiga

Boards used to protect commercial establishments in Rio, during the recent protests, by carioca Bruno Veiga

Monster of the Lake, by Milton Machado, making fun of Rio's lack of sanitation infrastructure

Monster of the Lake, by Milton Machado, carioca, making fun of Rio’s lack of sanitation infrastructure

Rio de Janeiro postcard, by Vik Muniz, born in São Paulo

Rio de Janeiro postcard, by Vik Muniz, born in São Paulo

by carioca Guga Ferraz

By carioca Guga Ferraz: reminiscent of the masked young people at recent demonstrations

by Carlos Constante, carioca: "Rio, I think it's all very funny"

by Carlos Contente, carioca: “Rio, I think it’s all very funny”

Marina Saleme, from São Paulo: is this Rio?

Marina Saleme, from São Paulo: is this Rio?

Puerto, by Cuban Carlos Garaicoa, thread and photo. The kind of imagining now going on in Rio

Puerto, by Cuban Carlos Garaicoa, thread and photo. The kind of imagining now going on in Rio

Civilizing nature? by Luiz Philippe Carneiro da Mendonça, from Minas Gerais, resident of Rio

Civilizing nature? by Luiz Philippe Carneiro da Mendonça, from Minas Gerais, resident of Rio

Sidewalk interventions made and then photographed by Brazilian artist Marlon de Azambuja, who lives in Madrid

Lisbon sidewalk interventions made and then photographed by Brazilian (gaucho) artist Marlon de Azambuja, who lives in Madrid

The real Rio, just outside the exhibition warehouses, in the port area

The real Rio, just outside the exhibition warehouses, in the port area: smelly waters

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About Rio real

American journalist, writer, editor who's lived in Rio de Janeiro for 20 years.
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3 Responses to ArtRio 2013: looking at cities

  1. Nei Brasil says:

    Obrigado, Julinha da Rocinha!😉 Linda! nei, S. Vicente, sp

    Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:45:58 +0000
    To: om-nei@hotmail.com

  2. ARvWD says:

    A good gallop through the exhibition. The thought on everyone’s mind is indeed ‘urban’. Parabens!

  3. Rio real says:

    thank you, Nei and ARvWD!!

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