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Hélio Oiticica

Film/Video

Hélio Oiticica
Hélio Oiticica
Image courtesy of Wide Management
Hélio Oiticica
Hélio Oiticica
Image courtesy of Wide Management
Hélio Oiticica
Hélio Oiticica
Image courtesy of Wide Management
Isle of Flowers
Isle of Flowers
Image courtesy of Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre
Isle of Flowers
Isle of Flowers
Image courtesy of Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre
Isle of Flowers
Isle of Flowers
Image courtesy of Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre
Hélio Oiticica Trailer (English)
Hélio Oiticica
Hélio Oiticica
Hélio Oiticica
Isle of Flowers
Isle of Flowers
Isle of Flowers

Hélio Oiticica

(Cesar Oiticica Filho, 2012)

Preceded by Isle of Flowers (Ilha das flores, Jorge Furtado, 1989)

Thu, Feb 27, 2014 7 PM

Although he died young in 1982, Hélio Oiticica has increasingly become recognized as one of the most inspiring and influential artists of the revolutionary 1960s and 70s. Taking cues from a spectrum of influences that ranged from Rio’s street life to Jimi Hendrix, Oiticica’s career encompassed performance art, sculpture, painting, film, and installation art (his 1967 installation “Tropicália” gave the movement its name), including the visionary “quasi-cinema” installations re-created for the Wexner Center’s 2001 exhibition of his work. Foregoing voiceover narration and talking heads, the film is narrated by Hélio Oiticica himself, using rare, archival material culled from countless interviews and audio diaries. Made by the artist’s nephew, this bold, complex documentary provides a kaleidoscopic filmic exaltation that allows us to enter into the artist’s dizzying, roiling life, art, and imagination. (94 mins., video)

Quite likely the most famous Brazilian short film, Isle of Flowers is a savage cine-essay that tracks the path of a tomato to the garbage dump. The film’s deadpan voiceover touches upon all manner of social horrors before illustrating how food that isn’t fit for pigs is given to the poor. (13 mins., video)

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