Within the context of Adriana Barreto's work, our relation with the body meets a multifaceted genealogy that integrates her ideas on affections, the word, the movement, the rhythm, and the body as a process of transformation of our relation with the tension of the body's movement in space. Because they don't originate exclusively from the thought unit configured by the artist's main studies in the field of dance, all these ways of feeling and producing her work are not exhausted in what appears to be translated by the previous statement, but stem from the necessity of overcoming and reflecting upon the diverse stages of her working process.
The piece "O que pode um corpo" (What can a body do1), a performance first presented in Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, develops its modus operandi, one that returns to itself by exploring other formats presented in the exhibition. Photography, video and a book reveal different degrees of registering and documental archive while rehabilitating the present relevance of the ideas presented by Baruch Spinoza's in his Ethics, a philosophical inquiry on the limits the body as an element that recognizes itself through the affections it is subjected to.
Quoting Spinoza "The human mind has no knowledge of the body, and does not know it to exist, save through the ideas of the modifications (affections) whereby the body is affected."2. Adriana Barreto doesn't intend to confront us with the metaphysical questions advanced by Spinoza's thought, but she recognizes in the present relevance of his ideas questions that she herself addresses. The book presented in the exhibition is simultaneously a catalogue, the documentation of the version of the performance that was presented to an audience, and a selection of three texts by Alberto Saraiva, Delfim Sardo, and João Silvério.
ADRiAnA BARRETo Adriana Barreto was born in Rio de Janeiro, where she currently lives and works.
Presently, the artist paints, draws, creates installations, performances, videos and photography. Her biography includes exhibitions in institutions like Museu de Belas Artes do Rio de Janeiro; MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro; Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte; Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador; Brazilian American Cultural institute, Washington; BiDE - Banco interamericano de Desenvolvimento Económico, Washington; and oi Futuro Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro. in 1992 Adriana Barreto was present in Festival internacional de la Peinture, Château Musée Grimaldi, in Cagnes-sur-Mer; and, in 2001, in IV Bienal Barro da América in Centro de Arte Lia Bérmudez, Macaíbo, Venezuela.
in 2012, the artist presented the exhibition "Agora Sim" in Museu das Comunicações, Lisboa, within the context of the cultural program "Portugal Brasil Agora", and the performance "o que pode um corpo", in Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art. She was represented in the collective show "Place of Residence", curated by Alfons Hug in Shanghai.
1 (Tn) The choice to translate "o que pode um corpo" as "What can a body do" was made taking in consideration that this is the most common and accepted translation of the original sentence in French (qu'est-ce que peut un corps?) whenever in the context of the writings of Baruch Spinoza and Gilles Deleuze.
2 Ethica, ii; Prop. XiX