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08.12.2011

 

Julio Bittencourt is proud to present the full colour spectrum of Brazil's Ramos, an exhibition at 1500 Gallery, NYC

Ramos, that's five prints of 43" x 65" (= 110 x 165 cm), a polyptych, consisting of six prints of 26" x 39" (=67 x 100 cm) as well as a stop motion video, shown on the gallery's HD screen.

Ramos, that's the slightly run down corner located by an artificial saltwater lake between 15 different Favelas at Rio De Janeiro. The public park and its beach, soccer fields, athletic facilities, drug trafficking, binge drinking, curvy bodies and merciless sunshine have been open to the public since 2011, funded by the State Government of Rio de Janeiro and Petrobras (Brazil’s national Oil company). The motivation behind the donation being – of course – to rally lots of voters.

Ramos is full, loud, dirty and known for its eccentric characters. "Here, in this photoshop-free paradise, no social hierarchy exists to define what is cool and what is kitsch, it’s all blended together by a common joie de vivre. Here what matters is not looking good for the camera, but rather feeling the sun on one’s skin, getting drunk on Cachaça (Brazilian rum), and splashing the time away." such goes the press release.

The Brazilian Julio Bittencourt returned to Brazil in 2000 after spending four years in New York. He has been working as a freelance photographer since 2006. His photographs can be found in Geo, Stern, Le Monde, The Guardian, Esquire, Photo, and Leica World Magazine and many others.

He currently resides in Sao Paulo. Ramos was curated by Ilana Bessler, 1500's Sao Paulo-based curator.


Julio Bittencourt - Ramos
until the 28th of January 2012
1500 Gallery
511 w 25th St. #607
New York, NY 10001
www.1500gallery.com


*A polyptych generally refers to a painting (usually panel painting) which is divided into sections, or panels. The following terminology relates to the number of panels integrated into a particular piece of work: "diptych" describes a two-part work of art; "triptych" describes a three-part work; "tetraptych" describes 4 parts; "pentaptych" describes 5 parts; "hexaptych" describes 6 parts; "heptaptych" describes 7 parts; and "octaptych" is the term used for an eight-part, or eight-panel, work of art.

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos

1500 Gallery : Julio Bittencourt - Ramos