• Curator and Director Dr Joanne Harwood in front of Memória

    Curator and Director Dr Joanne Harwood in front of Memória

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18 July 2012

Join ESCALA Director and Curator Dr Joanne Harwood as she discusses the ideas and artworks in Suspicious Story

Time: 2-3pm in the University Space

Free, but booking essential through firstsite 01206 577067.

About the Exhibition

ESCALA’s latest exhibition, Siron Franco: Suspicious Story, showcases some of the work of one of Brazil’s foremost artists, Siron Franco (b.1947, Goiás Velho).

The title of this exhibition takes its name from one of the paintings from the Collection: A Suspicious Story (História mal contada), 1991. This piece, along with others in ESCALA, makes reference to ‘the sometimes tragic stories of Brazil’s dispossessed inhabitants: among them the indigenous, the landless and the urban poor.’ Other works in this exhibition are Ontem (Yesterday), 1990-1993, Cásulo (Cocoon), 2000 and Radiografía brasileira (Brazilian X-ray), 1998. A video produced by Franco for Professor Ades, the Collection's founding director, also forms part of this exhibition. ESCALA Founding Director Profesor Ades wrote the 1995 book Siron Franco: Figures and Likeness, Paintings from 1968 to 1995, the first detailed study in English on the artist. This video titled Carta (Letter) shows Franco in his workshop. Through this video, viewers are given a unique insight into some of the processes the artist uses in creating his work; Franco is seen making a cocoon, similar to the one seen in Siron Franco: Suspicious Story.

Franco’s work holds an important place in ESCALA. His work Memória (Memory), 1990-1992, also included in the exhibition, was the Collection’s first acquisition, donated by Essex graduate Charles Cosac in 1993. This painting marked the beginning of the Collection. ESCALA now contains over 750 artworks. The pieces included in this exhibition, form part of the largest public collection of Siron Franco’s work in Europe.


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