São Paulo

Hudinilson Jr., Narcisse–Gesto II (Narcissus–Gesture II), 1986, forty photo-copies, each 9 × 12 1⁄4".

Hudinilson Jr., Narcisse–Gesto II (Narcissus–Gesture II), 1986, forty photo-copies, each 9 × 12 1⁄4".

Hudinilson Jr.

Galeria Jaqueline Martins

The beginnings of Hudinilson Jr.’s solo artistic career in the early 1980s coincided with the final years of the dictatorship in Brazil. His initial forays in the artistic field had begun the previous decade, when he cofounded the 3Nós3 collective with Rafael França and Mario Ramiro. One of the group’s most ironic performances, Ensacamentos (Baggings), 1979, exemplifies these artists’ response to autocratic rule. At night, they roamed around São Paulo and used plastic bags to cover the faces of statues and monuments that invariably represented historical deeds related to military conquests. The attempt to erase an official narrative while simultaneously recording a defiant attitude toward the regime became one of the hallmarks of Hudinilson Jr.’s individual trajectory (he died in 2013).

This extensive and important exhibition at Galeria Jaqueline Martins showcased materials ranging from

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