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2012-08-04Updated on August, 22nd, 2012, 17:10
Brazil’s natural beauties and the joyfulness of its people are known all over the world; therefore, it is a natural thing that most foreigners, in a first moment, think of folklore festivities such as Carnival, the beaches and landscapes when it comes to Brazil. However, there is a general perception that Brazil now undergoes a deep transformation, and there is a lot more to learn about the country.
Within this context, the "From the Margin to the Edge" exhibition at Casa Brasil in London has been working as a catalyst to expand the vision on Brazil of both foreign and Brazilian visitors.
Tour agent Jill Forgham, who visited the contemporary art and design exhibition, praised the exhibition and affirmed she got "quite impressed".
"It is a rich and diversified exhibition. Many people have no idea on how much they can learn about Brazil. I hope many people visit the exhibition and have contact with the Brazilian culture, art and music", she stated, as she had the opportunity to meet the country on several work trips.
The house’s owner Julia Sommers, who did not have a chance to visit the country yet, explained that she has never been to Brazil; however, she captured the essence of the exhibition.
"It looks like a very interesting country to me, and this exhibition shows different aspects. On one side we havedesign and art, and on the other we have some popular culture features", she underscored.
Kingston University’s contemporary curators and design students, in partnership with the Design Museum, Carolina Chew and Stefanie Baumann, gave their opinions on what they saw.
"I felt that some pieces seek to reflect the country’s internal issues, and this is important in art. I consider Brazil to be a joyful nation, and believe now I have a broader vision of the country. But I still want to go the samba", 25-year old Austria’s Stefanie said.
Her friend Carolina, 30 years old, who is a carioca and has been living in London for 10 years, agreed and said she had an excellent impression of the moment now experienced by Brazil.
"It is very cool to see this evolution in Brazilian design. I perceived many European style features mixed with Brazilian typical features. Each piece seems to have an argument. I believe Brazil is aligned with Europe in terms of art and design. The idea of gathering pieces of recognised and ascending artists worked very well ", she affirmed.
Gathering the best of Brazilian contemporary art and design, the "From the Margin to the Edge" exhibition showcases a rich array of Brazilian culture, with 33 artists and designers of different regions, involving ascending artists such as Rodrigo Braga and Zé Carlos Garcia, and internationally recognized artists such as Regina Silveira and Nelson Leirner, to represent the vibrant art environment in Brazil.
In addition to the "From the Margin to the Edge" exhibition, "Brasil, the time is now!” and "Passion and Transformation" exhibitions can be seen by visitors until 8 September.