Brazil : System error (#elenão)
This work was made during the two last tours of the Presidential elections in Brazil, in October 2018. I felt the urge to alert about the statements made by the one that would become president of Brazil following those elections. Indeed, Jair Bolsonaro has made racist, homophobic, and misogynist statements throughout his career that fosters hateful discourse and goes against the values of democracy.
For the #elenão series, photos collected from search engines using the search term “Brazil” have been modified by alterating their digital code. Quotes from the Brazilian president were added to the image code using a text editor.
The resulting compositions of an often stereotypical, happy, and colorful country are altered by the technique of “glitching,” normally associated with video games and visual abnormalities caused by programming errors. Here the visual corruption creates metaphorical representations of how Brazil can manifest systemic failure and be affected by discourse that threatens the foundations of democracy and universal human rights.
Lightboxes (oak wood, museum glas, LED)
“This guy is an Indian who is free here in Brasilia, he came by plane, in a little while he’s going to have his pork chops, some beer, most likely some whiskey, and maybe even call someone to have a good night. And this Indian has come here to talk about native reserves. He should be eating grass right outside here, to get in touch with his origins.” [Speaking of a Sateré-Mawé leader during a Chamber of Deputies hearing on indigenous issues.]
“It saddens me to see the entrepreneurial world in Brazil, because it’s a misfortune to be a boss in our country, with so many labor laws. Between a man and a young woman, what will the entrepreneur think? ‘Damn, this woman’s got a ring on her finger, she’ll be pregnant soon, she’ll be on maternity leave for six months…’ Who’s going to pay the bill? The employer. In the end it’s deducted from social security but the work rhythm is broken. And when she returns, she’ll take a month-long vacation. In the end, she works five months in one year.”