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Emanuel Nassar

Galeria Millan

Emanuel Nassar grew up in Belém, capital of the state of Pará in the north of Brazil, part of the Amazon region, and he continues to live there as well as in São Paulo. Celebrated as one of the major figures in contemporary Brazilian art, Nassar consistently demonstrates in his work a tension between his place in the panorama of international art and his relationship to the land of his birth, for it is from the day-to-day of local life that he draws elements that comprise the raw materials of his works.

Nassar is inspired by the small city of Icoaraci, near Belém, including its markets of fish and fruit, but especially by the urban landscapes of the periphery. Here, shining under neon lights constructed of exposed electric cords, sockets, and twisted wire, bars are housed in sheds of painted sheet metal, on which names and advertisements are painted and repainted, layer upon layer, like a

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