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View of “Roberto Winter,” 2017. Foreground: Facebook Inc., 2017. On wall: “Ghost phone,” 2017–. Photo: Gui Gomes.

Roberto Winter

Mendes Wood DM | São Paulo

View of “Roberto Winter,” 2017. Foreground: Facebook Inc., 2017. On wall: “Ghost phone,” 2017–. Photo: Gui Gomes.

Roberto Winter’s latest show, “Default,” took as its point of departure A role play, 2017, his new film work serialized over five weeks on the website aarea.co. In it, the character Joaquim K. claims to have assassinated the US president on June 28, 2017. Appropriating news footage; content from websites such as XVideos and LiveLeak, video games, corporate animations, and social media; and shots of São Paulo street scenes filmed from the artist’s studio window, Winter wove together a mockumentary on the legitimacy of violence as a form of political participation. Evoking Rupert Sanders’s Ghost in the Shell, 2017, as well as Lutz Dammbeck’s The Net, 2003, Winter’s savvy post-internet film sketches the Brazilian assassin’s journey through the digital realm. Convinced that his motivations for the crime have been manipulated by mass media, the protagonist makes his confession hoping

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