Matheus Rocha Pitta, Nau (Ship), 2011–13, framed digital C-print, 12 x 16".

Matheus Rocha Pitta

Galeria Progetti

Matheus Rocha Pitta, Nau (Ship), 2011–13, framed digital C-print, 12 x 16".

Using space normally left unoccupied best describes the strategy at the heart of Matheus Rocha Pitta’s recent exhibition “Nau,” whose title is an archaic Portuguese word for ship. Rather than deploy the existing architecture to display his work, the artist installed scaffolding topped off with a plywood floor in Galeria Progetti’s atrium space, creating a surface level with the building’s second floor. Viewers had to climb some stairs to this provisional viewing platform in order to access twelve framed photographs, each ten by seven-and-a-half inches and taken with a cell phone. All of them show the mast of the Nau do Descobrimento, a replica of the ship whose crew “discovered” Brazil, together with the elevated road that borders Guanabara Bay, thereby revealing the point of view from which the images were taken. This highway, which connects Rio’s north zone to its downtown, is

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