Voyersitico: Johnathas de Andrade
CAM presents Voyeristico, a recent video by Jonathas de Andrade, as part of Street Views—projected on the museum’s facade from dusk to midnight. The exhibition at CAM marks the occasion of de Andrade’s first outdoor video projection. The Brazilian artist creates works often responding to the landscape and culture of Recife, a city located in the northeast region of Brazil where he lives and works. For Voyeristico, de Andrade approached individuals on the streets of Recife and São Paulo to film them slowly opening their wallets and displaying their contents. Constructed as a sequence of close-up snapshots, the video offers an unusual visual entry into the participants’ private lives. A charged object, the wallet triggers ideas about a person’s wealth, social background, identity, and citizenship status. The video can also be seen as a commentary on the presence of hidden wealth and corruption endemic in Brazil.