Edu Monteiro


Edu Monteiro is an artist, photographer and researcher. He holds a PhD in Arts from the State University of Rio de Janeiro - UERJ, a master's in Art Science from the Federal Fluminense University - UFF (2013) and has a degree in Arts and visual history from the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris (2017). He is the author of the books Self-Portrait Sensorial (Pingadoprés, 2015) and Saturno (Azougue Editorial, 2014). His last solo exhibition Costas de Vidro was held in August 2018 at Z42. A section of this exhibition was exhibited at the China Art Museum, as one of the exhibitions that were part of the 2017 Shanghai International Photography Festival. In October 2018, Edu opens the Saturn exhibition in Taipei at the Zhongzheng Art Gallery at the National Grade Museum, the exhibition will be part of a series of exhibitions on contemporary Latin American photography.


Glass Backs, by Edu Monteiro


[terreiro island]

The image with which Edu Monteiro presents Costas de Vidro is simple. In it, an Afro-descendant man partially immersed in water holds a drum. The tension of the handle seems to aim less to protect the drum from the encounter with water and more to bring it together, to connect it to you. In such a way that the human body and drum become an extension of the other. Doing the trunk and head, the drum surpasses the condition of an object. Giving arms and legs to the artifact of wood, iron, sisal and leather, man expands attributes and skills. More than just juxtaposing or articulating, they merge, they become a single being. Multiplier reduction - one that is much more. The image is sound. And not just due to the axial dominance of the drum. If you want, you can hear the sea wave, a gentle breeze, the brush of skin on the wood. And more, because the photo resonates beyond the visible.

It is a slave ship. Not! It is a synthesis body, index of millions of people, both of those who succumbed to the slave trade and of those who survived, experienced and conquered slavery.

It's an island. It is Gorée, Martinique, Cuba, Itaparica, Haiti and Santo Domingo, São Luís, São Tomé and Príncipe, Jamaica and many others in the diaspora. It is the archipelago of Cape Verde. It is America, unified from South to North by the blackness with which the Atlantic indelibly dyed it. It is a floating yard. You work on it. But you also fight, dance and pray, practicing ladja, laamb, capoeira, bélé, jongo, samba, candomblé, candombe, batuque, santería, mine drum, Xangô, terecô, omolocô, umbanda, mandinga, macumba.

Apparently static, the image swings, reverberating Africa around the world.


Roberto Conduru