Henrique Oliveira (BR) - Banisteria Caapi (Desnatureza 4)

Triënnale Brugge 2021 - Pottenmakersrei - Henrique Oliveira - Banisteria Caapi (Desnatureza 4)

For his installation, Henrique Oliveira drew on Bruges' hidden, only remaining archaeological remnants of its original 12th century stone ramparts, located along the Pottenmakersrei. Wooden branches from his 'Banisteria Caapi (Desnatureza 4)' climb over the stone wall to the water's edge, giving the impression that nature has free rein behind the walled gardens. However, all is not as it seems. The branches are artificial and the installation is made entirely of waste material recovered from Brazilian building sites, including metal, foam and plywood (a cheap construction material made from glued-together layers of wood). Oliveira collects the discarded material and pieces it together to create idiosyncratic sculptures in the shape of lifelike branches, roots and tree trunks. The installation is reminiscent of the natural vegetation often found at archaeological sites.

His work is an artistic interpretation of an ecological process, making the viewer question how contemporary art manifests itself in a historical city. The artist is subtly playing with what is seen in the city on a daily basis and what lies beneath its surface. The piece also explores how our lives can be determined, or guided, by things that are unconsciously present within our environment.


Short bio

Henrique Oliveira (°1973, Ourinhos, Brazil, living and working in São Paulo and London) is known for his giant location-specific installations. He began his artistic career as a painter, reflecting his interest in the history of abstract art with chaotic expressions of colour. While his early work was flat and two-dimensional, his approach changed as from 2005. He began making sculptural installations which move in three dimensions through architectural contexts, as well as enlarging the scale of his works.

Henrique Oliviera

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