Juan Esteves: Essential Quotes to Live

From June 3 to August 2, 2021

For his first solo show in Paris, Juan Esteves has developed contemporary artworks from extracts from books, phrases published in interviews of great thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Edgar Morin, Simone de Beauvoir, Elizabeth Badinter, Hannah Arendt, Umberto Eco, Renato Janine Ribeiro and Benedito Nunes, among others, presenting a series of works digitally worked by the artist, works that move between photographs, half-tone texts, illustrations and color applications to result in an unprecedented powerful series of serigraphy.

The title refers to the work of Guy Debord, Panégyrique, where the artist cuts the phrase “Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.”, making an analogy to the current Brazilian period, leaning on misogyny, homophobia and negationism but without giving up humor. At the same time, Juan Esteves proposes a playful search, making it possible for us to discover independently who the characters are, their literary and artistic works, proposing an intellectual exercise towards the questioning of the Brazilian status quo.

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