Come as you are

The Brazilian artist Calé is concerned with the life of people in urban centres and spaces. In the serie SEEKERS the artist addresses the belief that urban life stimulates us to be free individuals with our own will and with our own identity.
Exhibition duration:
12-04-2013 - 20-05-2013
Come as you are
Can you call yourself a free individual - when all of your identity is based upon profession, same circle of people and a self-reinforcing presumption about you ‘being’ yourself? In the coverage of the big city, are you not a slave to the norm of generality?
These are some of the questions, which the Brazilian photo artist Calé raises with his first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. The exhibition consists of two series – SEEKERS  and ELO.
Who are you?
In SEEKERS we are introduced to several portraits of blurred people placed in the faceted space of the big city. As the title suggests, and as the pictures illustrate, the seeking human being is under the spotlight. The portraits are an analysis of how the individual lives, adapts and conforms to the big city.
Calé believes that identity is something we construct through a bombardment of cultural and emotional patterns, which flow especially fluid in the metropolis of big cities. Apparently this bombardment of information creates an easily accessed answer to who we are. But Calé misses an entrance to the essence of the individual human being. He believes that the manner and speed in which our surroundings shift and alter engenders little opportunity to reflect about who we are, where we come from and what we really believe in.
Blocked love
In ELO the artist communicates the reaction of human beings to a long and intimate embracement of two men in a public space. The audience is asked to consider the act and to contemplate on socially engrained attitudes about where the limit for expressing our love is. A collection of conceptual photos depict people’s spontaneous expressions and responses to two men hugging one other. Calé thinks that expressed love between two men is not easily accepted in many societies and these men never fulfill this need. There are many reasons for this, perhaps because many children grow up with a distant relation from their fathers or mothers. Dad or Mom is constantly working, on a business trip or maybe fails to take adequate interest in connecting with their children. As a result of this complex contact, or in fact a lack of contact, children grow up inhibited regarding showing love for a person of the same gender. Calé uses ELO as a change to consider love in a much broader way - as the emotion that connects us all.

Calé lives and works in Rio de Janeiro and has studied architecture at Faculdade de Arguitetura e Urbanismo, Cidade Universitária. He has had several exhibitions in South America, Russia, USA and Ireland. He has won two international prices and has worked as a freelance photographer.

Opening: Friday 12th of April 4 - 6 pm.                                                                                                                        
Jens Friis, curator from Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense opens the exhibition.
The artist will be present.

Artist Talk: Saturday 13th of April at 2 pm.                                                                                                         
Calé talks about the exhibition and Vinicus Mariano de Carvalho, professor of Brazilian Studies at Aarhus University holds a lecture on Brazilian Contemporary Art.