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“God said: LET THEM LIGHT! And the light was made” | Genesis 1,3

Genesis according to Eve
from greek genesis, “source of life, birth, source”

Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo – BUT/SP, institution of the Department of Culture and Economy of the State of São Paulo Creative, presents the exhibitionGenesis according to Eve”, artist Eva Soban, under the curatorship of Denise Mattar, composed of 15 elements in woven forms which present the myth of Creation of the World and the saga of Forbidden Fruit from the artist's point of view. “The purpose of the exhibition is to instigate a reflection on the fundamental need to face challenges and prohibitions, that has always guided human choices – for good and for evil”, curator defines.

a century ago, in the early days of the Modernist movement, the artist Regina Gomide Graz inserted “textile making” as an artistic form in the visual arts segment and it is from this source that she feeds Eva Soban to create unique works, delicate but with pre-determined messages and concepts resulting from constant research and study. The artist has been dedicated to the subject for a long time – “In the last year I felt an internal appeal, a need for light. We are living moments of life x death, tearing apart. Surrounded by questionable beliefs and thoughts. I felt this need to go back to the origins and try to understand.”

Eva Soban narrates the first chapters of Genesis using threads, taking advantage of its flexibility, tension and elasticity, to present a creative reading of the biblical account. The different textures it uses, and variations from plane to three-dimensional, reveal all the bond and ancestral power that the fiber can evoke without losing its contemporaneity. The installation parallels current theological analysis, who sees in Genesis a synthesis “of universal concerns about the origin of man and his world, the evils that afflict you, and the dangers that threaten it”. ‘let there be light’, it's God's first action, and the artist imagines what the Void would be like, the Divine Light manifesting itself and breaking through the darkness. “Think about the textures and plasticity of galaxies, with your stars, gas and dust, bound by an invisible force. And just like that builds the first act of creation: in black layers, with loose wires, invisibly linked, a fabric without fabric, with sparkles and subtle colors that overlap, producing new colors”, explains Denise Mattar.

Inserted in the newly created garden, emerge to Tree of Life – colorful and tempting, with many fruits and flowers, representing the abundance offered to man; and the Knowledge Tree, of good and evil, the forbidden tree, black, with a single fruit, with all the energies that drive human life. This paradox leaves questions unanswered… Why Knowledge would be denied to the Human Being? Why Men Preferred to Face Divine Prohibition? Would God have denied Knowledge to spare men from Pain? As a possible answer to the questions that actually represent the incessant struggle that humanity must wage against the forces of evil, a relentless fight where, sometimes, the man is a winner. This redemption, almost always temporary, closes the exhibition and is represented by a shower of golden fruits – Forbidden Fruit – now transparent, soft, multiform – and freed from the ground.

Eva Soban part of the pioneer generation that, in the 1970, opened up new possibilities for flexible media, creating sculptural and three-dimensional fiber works, that overthrew the plastering of the then existing artistic categories. Your diverse approach to textiles, used as a vehicle for their creativity, places her among our most interesting artists.” Denise Mattar

Exhibition: “Genesis according to Eve

Artist: Eva Soban

Curated By: Denise Mattar

Opening: 22 January - Saturday - from 11am to 2pm

Period: from 23 from January to 20 March 2022

Local: Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo || MAS / SP

Address: Avenida Tiradentes, 676 -Light, São Paulo (Tiradentes station of subway)

Tel.: 11 3326-5393 - Additional Information

Timetables: From Tuesday to Sunday, from 09 às 17h (entry allowed until 4:30 pm)

Entrance: R$ 6,00 (One piece) | R$ 3,00 (half national entry for students, private school teachers and I.D. Young – upon proof) | Free Saturdays | exemptions: children up to 7 years, adults from 60, public school teachers, disabled people, ICOM members, police and military – upon proof



Number of works: 15 – 12 works and 3 facilities

Techniques: seams in different threads, felt and wooden stand

Dimensions: varied

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Eva Soban (São Paulo, SP) begins its involvement with the universe of the arts, through photography and painting. However, his innate desire for manual work and his interest in researching the weaving – primordial act of man – made him replace the camera and brushes with threads and wefts. The way they were used seduced her; needed to create his own language and managed to. Always expressing your sensitivity, is a reference when it comes to plots. In his most recent works, creates textile sculptures exploring unusual materials and new forms, seeking a renewed vigor to his creation and art in general.

Eva Soban is awarded by the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, and has participated in several exhibitions, individual and collective, in museums and galleries, in Brazil and abroad.

He has in his curriculum the three Biennials of Textile Art at MAM/SP and the last editions of the Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art promoted by the WTA in Mexico, Montevideo and Madrid, as a guest artist.

Denise Mattar (São Paulo, SP) – She was curator of the Brazilian House Museum, SP 1985 to 1987, of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, from 1987 to 1989 and the Museum of Modern Art RJ de 1990 to 1997. As an independent curator, she has performed retrospective shows of artists such as Di Cavalcanti, Flávio de Carvalho (APCA Award), Ismael Nery (APCA and ABCA Awards), Pancetti, Anita Malfatti, Samson Flexor (APCA Award), Portinari, Alfredo Volpi, Guignard, among others. In 2019 received again the APCA Award for the Yutaka Toyota retrospective presented at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, FAAP Museum of Brazilian Art, Sao Paulo and National Museum, Brasilia, DF. In 2020 held the exhibition Iberê Camargo – Ariadne's Thread, at the Iberê Foundation, who traveled to Instituto Tomie Ohtake in 2021. Still 2021 presented the shows: A Barn of Artists, at the FAAP Museum of Brazilian Art, SP, Sacilotto- The Vibration of Color, at the Almeida and Dale Gallery, SP and 50 duets, at the Edson Queiroz Foundation in Fortaleza, EC

A Museum

A Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo, institution of the Department of Culture and Economy of the State of São Paulo Creative, It is one of the most important of its kind in the country. It is the result of an agreement signed between the State Government and Mitra Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, in 28 October 1969, and its installation date 29 June 1970. Since then, the Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo He came to occupy wing of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Light, on Avenida Tiradentes, downtown São Paulo. The building is one of the most important monuments of colonial architecture São Paulo, built of rammed earth, rare remaining example in the city, last farm convent city. It was listed by the Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute National, in 1943, and the Council for the Defense of Heritage, Architectural artistic and the State of São Paulo, in 1979. It has much of its collection also listed by IPHAN, since 1969, whose priceless heritage includes relics of stories in Brazil and worldwide. A Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo holds a vast collection of works created between the 16th and 20th centuries, counting with rare specimens and significant. There are more than 10 thousand items in the collection. Has works of recognized names, as Frei Agostinho da Piedade, Frei Agostinho de Jesus, Antonio Francisco Lisboa, the "Aleijadinho" and Benedito Calixto de Jesus, Among many, anonymous or not. Noteworthy are also the collections of nativity scenes, silverware and jewelery, Lampadarios, furniture, altarpieces, altars, clothing, liturgical books and numismatic.


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