Los Angeles

Dentro Brasil

Long Beach Museum of Art

A surprising collection of new Brazilian art in various media, “Dentro Brasil” (Inside Brazil) included installations by artist/poet Arnaldo Antunes and Bruce and Norman Yonemoto as well as the video program reviewed here. This program comprised 31 works which represented the results of an exchange with four Brazilian cities initiated by Bruce Yonemoto and curator Carole Ann Klonarides. At least from a North American perspective, many of the videotapes in “Dentro Brasil” presented an unusually energetic mix of elements that ignored conventional distinctions among various genres.

Video is a young medium in Brazil, having taken root in the ’70s when North American video had already developed into several distinct strains. Perhaps this explains the love of pastiche in these works: the mixture of, say, formalist, narrative, metaphoric, and documentary work. A documentary on homelessness in São

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