Embassy of Brazil
14-16 Cockspur St
Wednesday 13 November – Wednesday 11 December 2019
An exhibition of the VIA Arts Prize’s finalists, sponsored by Itaú is on display in London at the Embassy of Brazil’s remarkable Sala Brasil until Wednesday 11 December 2019. The public can visit for free from Monday to Friday between 10am and 6pm.
Antonio Társis has won the prestigious VIA Arts Prize 2019, sponsored by Itaú. The Brazilian artist’s work, a collage entitled Coloured Export, uses remnants of fruit boxes collected from London street markets in Dalston, Whitechapel and Peckham. The Brazilian-born Társis extracts fragments, colours and information printed on banana, orange, mango and lemon fruit boxes to develop these abstract and minimalist compositions using a paper collage technique. The boxes arrive in London in large containers and ships, exported from countries including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Venezuela, Egypt, Uganda, India and Bangladesh. Despite being created as collage, the artist refers to painting and the possibilities offered by colour, using the painterly aspect to address topical issues.
The VIA Art’s Prize’s mission is to deepen cultural awareness of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese arts and cultures in the UK. UK-based artists of any nationality are invited to submit an original artwork specifically inspired by Ibero-American arts and culture.