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    Matheus Rocha Pitta, Column #1 (potato trophy), 2016/2017, concrete, paper, plastic (detail view).

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    Matheus Rocha Pitta, Primeira Pedra (The First Stone), 2015, cement 7x 7x 7cm, open edition.

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    Matheus Rocha Pitta, Primeira Pedra, 2015, exhibition view at Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo.

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    Matheus Rocha Pitta, Gesto (Gesture), 2015, Milan 2015, courtesy Gluck 50, Milan.

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Matheus Rocha Pitta 2016/17

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Matheus Rocha Pitta (born 1980 in Tiradentes, MG, Brazil) has spent much time over the past years investigating forms and perceptions of gestures. Focusing on the intersection in everyday life and art, he disconnects gestures from their individual biographical background and portrays them as deliberate aesthetic acts with a historical dimension. Rocha Pitta uses photography, video and sculpture to identify and construct his own repertoire of gestures, which he activates in conjunction with the visitors and spectators of his works. He has created several series of works – Primeira Pedra (The First Stone, 2015), no hay pan (There Is No Bread, 2015), Assalto (Assault, 2014), Golpe de graça (Blow of Grace, 2013) – that display gestures to explore language, possession and motion in a way that has far-reaching ethical implications. 

Exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien:

Matheus Rocha Pitta, For the winners the potatoes, 3 to 26 March 2016 Opening 3 March 2017, 7pm 
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (English): 
Matheus Rocha Pitta – For the winners the potatoes, ed. by Nicola Müllerschön and Christoph Tannert, Dortmund: Verlag Kettler 2017.

Education/grants:

2015 The Politics of Food, Delfina Foundation, London
2014 Stipendium Matadero EL Ranchito, Madrid
Studio Arte Ginistrelle, Assisi
2008 47° Salão de Arte de Pernambuco, Recife
2007 Iberê Camargo, Blanton Art Museum, Austin/Texas
2003 Salão de Arte Nacional de Belo Horizonte, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte
2001–2004 Degree in Philosophy, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
1998–2001 Degree in History, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói

Selected solo exhibitions:

2015 No Hay Pan, Gluck 50, Mailand
Primeira Pedra, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo
2014 Fé Experimental, Progetti, Rio de Janeiro
2013–2016 Golpe de Graça, Pivô, São Paulo;
Casa França Brasil, Rio de Janeiro
2013 L‘Accordo, Fondazione Morra Greco, Neapel
Nau, Progetti, Rio de Janeiro
2012 Giudizio Universale, Solo Project Artissima, Turin
Conversão, Mendes Wood, São Paulo
2010 FF#2, Progetti, Rio de Janeiro
FF, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo
2009 Drive Thru # 2, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo
Project Room, ARCO9, Madrid
2008 Drive Thru # 1, Sprovieri Progetti, London

Selected group exhibitions:

2016 Ao Amor do Público: Doações Recentes, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro
2014 The Great Acceleration – Taipei Biennale, Taiwan
To see what is coming, Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro
Estado de Suspensão, Coletor, São Paulo
2013 Collective Fictions, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Avante Brasil, KIT Düsseldorf
2012 Trienal Poli/Grafica de San Juan, Puerto Rico
2011 Travessias, Centro de Cultura Bela da Maré, Rio de Janeiro
Caos e Efeito, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo
Rendez Vous 11, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Lyon
2010 Convivências, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre
29. Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo
After Utopia, Museo Pecci, Miland