Chicago

Chicago

“JONATHAS DE ANDRADE: ONE TO ONE”

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
220 East Chicago Avenue
April 13–August 25, 2019

Curated by José Esparza Chong Cuy

Over the past decade, Jonathas de Andrade has proven himself to be among the keenest visual interpreters of the Brazilian psyche. In installations, photographs, films, and performances, the Maceió-born artist has undertaken an elaborate investigation of race and class in a nation whose delirious quest for progress and modernity is still marked by the lethal remnants of slavery. This condition, and the place of the black male body within it, has shaped the work in the artist’s most significant museum presentation to date. Accompanied by a rich catalogue, the show comprises new, never-before-exhibited works, including a video commissioned by the MCA Chicago, alongside de Andrade’s monumental 2014 installation Suar a camisa (Working Up a Sweat), featuring 120 sweat-stained T-shirts worn by Brazilian workers.