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the plant is the body, by Benoit Fournier - Installation in the Z42 art tower. Roots, vines, ashes from the Pantanal and Atlantic Forest fires, black earth, Red Land.
the plant is the body, by Benoit Fournier - Installation in the Z42 art tower. Roots, vines, ashes from the Pantanal and Atlantic Forest fires, black earth, Red Land.

The exhibition “Everything in the World is People”, by Benoit Fournier in the Z42 art space has the support of the French Alliance and the Consulate of France in Rio de Janeiro

The show features the artist's new production, with 15 works, three installations, the projection of the video art Benoit – Espírito das Plantas and the poem “Arte Benoit”, made especially by my friend and Brazilian plastic artist, Ernesto Neto.

Benoit's works reflect his concerns about the urgencies of life and its flows. His creative process seeks to give the audience the opportunity to think about our relationship with nature. The curatorship is by the art historian, independent teacher and curator, Bruna Costa and the curator of the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts, Ulisses Carrilho.

Opening: 21 from october until 13 workand November of 2021, in the gallery of the Z42 art space.

To participate you need an agent.previous giving through the number: (21) 9 86335916

French Rio de Janeiro Alliance and Consulate of France in Rio de Janeiro open on the day 21 October, at 18h, in the gallery of the space of Z42 art (S. Filinto de Almeida, 42 – Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22241-170), the exhibition "Everything in the World is People", from Benoit Fournier, french artist, residing in Brazil for 15 years and has been conducting artistic research since the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020, in a context of introspection that was experienced in his contact with the forest and in his studio, in the space of Z42 art. The relationship with nature is rethought: nature perceived as a set of living beings.


On 21 October, a partir the 18h, another drawer of this new artistic production of Benoit Fournier, with 15 works, three installations, a projection and the artist's breath Ernesto Neto, who wrote the poem “Arte Benoit”, especially for the friend.

This exhibition proposes to rethink our re-connection with nature and with ourselves. It's an invitation for us to feel alive after all, everything moves in a flow of colors, interconnected beings and bodies“, explains Benoit Fournier.

in the center of exhibition is the installation The Plant is the Body, the mother root being reborn and transmuting from the ashes, connected to the universe by an umbilical cord, connecting all beings. The red roots are like an extension of the veins, the blood of plants, our saps that allow communication between us living beings: humans, animals, vegetable, minerals, rivers… For the artist, we are all connected, everything is connection.

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In a kind of curatorial game, in order to make explicit the artist's concerns regarding the urgency of life and its flows, the curator Bruna Costa, responsible for the first setup of the show, has invited Ulisses Carrilho, also curator, to reset the exposure.

in frank dialogue, the idea is to exercise negotiations and collectivities in decision making. Evidence that “everything in the world is people” part of a complex understanding of the interrelationship between subjects and objects, ideas and sensations, facts and fictions. As a second chapter or movement, to show reanima-se: it's not just about moving things around, but to emphasize that nothing is fixed and everything is in motion. Artist Ernesto Neto's own breath poem, present since the first show, already pointed out the importance of exercising frictions, dialogues and interferences”, says curator Ulisses Carrilho.

On 7 September, also curated by Bruna Costa, Benoit Fournier opened the exhibition green blood, Black earth, live targets, a solo show that showcased part of the artist's recent production in the Z42 cultural space, where is your studio.

Are highlights of the show Everything in the World is People", the constructions: “The target is the land", Source, black earth, arrow, macaw feather, nylon (35x40x15 cm), “The bird", branches and root (140 x 150 diameter cm) and "Xikuvimi ”, a photograph of part of the installation Espirito das Plantas, which is composed of plant structures from the plant Adiantum capiaus-generis, combined with prints on photo sheets made with indigenous peoples Huni Kuin, Yawanawá and Guarani. The occupation covers a large part of the lightly vaulted ceiling of the exhibition space, creating a feeling of immersion in a mystical and contemplative environment.

If, in contemporaneity, art tries to move from a sacred historical construction to resume its relationship with life and everyday life, this awareness cannot do without epistemes that did not create this Cartesian separation between art and life. Hence the artist's desire to bring elements of a so-called nature, not just in shapes, themes and materials, but the very core of everything you do. I borrow the term Ernesto Neto uses to refer to Benoit: "Plantartist", a being that produces a kind of vegetable art, technical means. And this symbiosis lives up to what materializes in these environments, says the curator Bruna Costa.

In 2013, Benoit won the Prix ​​Photo Web of Alliance Française with the rehearsal Land of water. And currently in addition to support for this exhibition, Benoit and the Alliance Française are developing art workshop content for a young audience.

also in october, in his atelier in Space by Z42 arte, Benoit opens the Children's Art Workshops Program, with guests who dialogue with their art. According to him, will be an introduction to the world of natural paints. The activity will teach you how to make paints with natural pigments, using only organic materials, all intuitively, watching nature. A proposal for experimentation, to get children to create their own colors and interact with the environment, always with a lot of respect for nature.

On day 30 October, at 12:00, the guest at the children's workshops is the artist from Rio de Janeiro Rona, who lives and produces his arts in his creative space “gas, located in Boca do Mato, a community in the Lins e Vasconcelos neighborhood. along with benoit, he will lead the children of Blue Door Project, where Rona develops activities for the children in her community and where she has lived for many years.

"In this day, it will be a sensorial workshop of natural paints with the children of my artist friend Rona's project. The idea of ​​the workshop is to reconnect with nature and create with it !!! Connect, afford, live in the present moment, try the new, the contact with nature.”, says benoit.

RONA, Carioca artist, lives and produces at LINS. no training, as he himself says, has been graduating with the Freedom that he has always sought to create! Your Visual Creations arise either from writing or from the body itself, being interpreted in various fields: Paintings, Drawings, Costumes, Scenarios, embroidery, Facilities, Videos… Your creative space called “gas” in Boca do Mato/Lins is your Terreiro Maker of Art, where he holds the PORTA AZUL Workshops with activities for the children of his community. @ronaartista

The workshop is for children from 6 to 10 years. Capacity is up to 8 Kids, by prior appointment, through the number: (21) 9 86335916.

The show "Everything in the World is People", from Benoit Fournier can be visited in the space of the Z42 art (S. Filinto de Almeida, 42 – Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22241-170) through scheduling: (21) 9 86335916, until day 13 th November of 2021.

About the Artist

Benoît Fournier (France, 1981) is plant artist, lives in Brazil since 2006. He studied at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, in Rio de Janeiro. In its repertoire there are photographs together, paintings, sculptures, and not things. Your creative process seeks to give us the opportunity to think about our relationship with nature. At the same time support, subject and inspiration, the natural element is central and primordial in your work.; chooses ephemeral supports seeking a transforming revelation. Your research results from your interest in the connection between living things. Whether on the visible or invisible plane, animals, humans, vegetables and rivers live and flow in an interconnection we call nature. In this sense, "everything is nature", as Ailton Krenak says. And Benoit Fournier's work immerses in these connections of a sometimes despised nature. In this way, the artist proposes an intimate and profound look at this relationship of being with the world.

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Has exhibited regularly in solo and group exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, as in the Blue Sky galleries (Portland, 2017), Space L (Geneva, 2019), na Bienal D'Issy (Paris, 2019). His works are part of public and private collections.



About the Trustees

Bruna Costa (Rio de Janeiro, 1993), is an art historian, teacher and curator. Graduated in Art History from EBA/UFRJ with a sandwich period at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy (Erasmus EBW + exchange 2015-2016). Masters in Visual Arts, in the History and Art Criticism research line by PPGAV/UFRJ. Has research interests in Brazilian modern and contemporary art. Between projects performed, highlight the co-curatorship of “A title precario” at the Phábrika Cultural Center (2018), co-curated at the “1st Red Hall of Degenerated Arts” at Atelier Sanitário (2019) and curator assistance in the exhibitions “Arte Naïf: no museum less” (2019), "Countryside" (2019) and "Habitant" (2021), na EAV Parque Lage. Tutor of History of Art and Tourism at the CEDERJ Consortium, teaches free courses in History of Art and works in the studio of artist Ernesto Neto.

Ulisses Carrilho (Porto Alegre, 1990) He is the curator of the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts and a former student of the same school. Postgraduate in Cultural Economics (UFRGS), studied Social Communication (PUCRS) and Letters - Portuguese/French (UFRGS). He began his career as assistant director at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rio Grande do Sul. He was part of the institutional relationship team of the Mercosul Biennial Foundation (Porto Alegre) and the Rolando Anselmi gallery (Berlin, Germany). Contributed texts to the catalog of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, in addition to art magazines and periodicals. His research within the intersection of arts and education looks at counter-narratives, criticisms of the production logic of cognitive capitalism. Interested in manifestations of insubordination, disobedience and indiscipline and a survey of intimacy as a pedagogical device. Since 2015 works at the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts, with Lisette Lagnado, as assistant director and assistant curator. In 2018, assumed the curatorship of the school's Teaching and Public Program. Curated exhibitions “Art Naïf: no museum less” (2019), "Countryside" (2019) and "Habitant" (2021), na EAV Parque Lage, with the assistance of Bruna Costa. lives in Rio de Janeiro.

About the Alliance Française

Completing 136 years of activities in Brazil, the French Alliance is a reference in the language and, no doubt, the best-known institution in the world, when it comes to the spread of the French language and Francophone cultures. Has, currently, more than 830 units 132 countries, where they study about 500.000 students. In France, it has schools and cultural centers for foreign students. Brazil has the world's largest network of French Alliances with 37 associations and 68 units.

It is the only institution in Brazil authorized by the Embassy of France, to apply the tests that give access to international diplomas DELF and DALF, recognized by the French Ministry of National Education. The Alliance Française is also official examination centre for international testing validity of two years TCF (The French Knowledge Test) TEF and Canadian (French Assessment Test) and the national test valid for one year Capes (recognized by agencies CAPES and CNPq MEC).

This year, in celebration of its 135th anniversary, the French Alliance will have lot of news. Amongst them, the change in teaching method, that will bring greater dynamism to the classrooms, with digital tools and current content on all French-speaking culture, transforming lessons into real centers of debate of ideas and collaborative learning.

Exhibition "Everything in the World is People", by Benoit Fournier
Period: From 21/10/2021 until 13 / 11/2021
Curated By: Bruna Costa and Ulisses Carrilho
blow: Ernesto Neto
Opening: 21 October 2021 (Thursday)
Time: the 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Artistic and sensory workshop with Benoit Fournier and Rona, guest artist
For children of: 6 to 10 years.
Day 30 October (Saturday)
Time: 12h
Capacity: until 8 Kids, by prior appointment, through the number: (21) 9 86335916.
Local: Z42 art cultural space
Address: S. Filinto de Almeida, 42 – Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22241-170
Opening time: the 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Phone: (21) 98148-8146

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