IMG_3700 copy
IMG_3722 copy

Meeting Denise

When got a hold of Denise I found out that she lives almost around the corner from where I was staying in Vila Magdalena. We met at her apartment at noon. A bright and clutter-free apartment with a great view of the city. On the wall there was a medium format poster of Alex Gray that was given to Denise by her soul mate Valentine. It was a sunny summer day. She opened the parcel with great excitement and put it on her belly: “does it come with instructions?”. She mentioned that she has always been Valentine’s friend, and she promised to visit Toronto once the baby is born.

IMG_3469 copy
IMG_3472 copy

Packing the exhibit

Time is up. Exhibition is over. Now it’s time to get the delivery going. It took me three hours to take everything down and packed in the suitcases. Feeling saudade. The sky was broken and wouldn’t stop raining cats and dogs.

IMG_3344 copy
IMG_3341 copy
IMG_3349 copy

It’s up!

The exhibition of the parcels is up and will be on display from January 12 – 19 at SP Escola de Teatro (Plaça Roosvelt). Audiences can witness the objects brought to Brazil from Canada through YYZGRU Express. At the end of the show they will continue their journeys until they are delivered to their recipients.

IMG_3462 copy

Exhibition label

When we were young, maybe 15 years old, we decided to travel by ourselves to a small town called São Tomé das Letras, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. There were many waterfalls and trekkings to do and we used to spend the whole day walking in the woods. One day, when we came back from one of those trekkings, Val decided to have shower before me. Suddenly, I heard a scream with horror. It was Val calling my name. When I got into the toilet I saw her naked, with her hands opening her ass. She asked me, screaming, if there was a tick (carrapato) there. And, for my surprise, there it was: the tick. That day, I knew, I proved my friendship for her, I forgot my nausea, took all my courage and took the tick of her ass. She was relieved and very grateful, of course. That’s what friends are for, aren’t they? Denise
IMG_3182 copy
IMG_3064 copy
IMG_2733 copy

Nails, screws, levels, strings, tapes, and black paint

Lots to get done and the opening is around the corner. The local production team was amazing. Such a delight to work with hard working and easy going folks.

IMG_2743 copy
IMG_2744 copy
IMG_4248 copy

Heading to the gallery

The exhibition was held at the SP Escola de Teatro in downtown. Here is my trip on SP metro. All the parcels arrived safely.

IMG_2875 copy

Producing Maps

After looking at the space, I went to print the maps that Francisco Fernando-Granados had prepared for the project.

406171_10151617232883047_1 copy
207747_10151617232693047_1 copy

Preparing the exhibition spaces at SP Escola de Teatro

Photo credit: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio.

IMG_2771 copy

Getting boxes for the parcels

All the Items to be delivered are already loaded with personal stories from their senders. I found a place that sells used boxes in downtown and immediately I was attracted to them as I wanted to emphasize the transitory nature of goods and materials.