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Alexandre Mury is a well know artist from São Fidelis, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. He was born on January 13,1976 and has drawn and painted since childhood. His artistic legitimacy as a photographer became established when his work was first included in outstanding private collections of Brazilian art and photography, such as that of Joaquim Paiva (of Rio de Janeiro). In a playful, intriguing and newly contextualized mode, he endeavours to reconstruct famous eternal themes and to re frame the Classics. KALTBLUT´S Alessandro had a little chat with the master! KALTBLUT: Are you a performer? What are you trying to convey with your photos?
Alexandre: Performance is one of the main characters of my job. I don’t create things to photograph… I create things and they need to be registered. Photography is the base for many possibilities of art. Every scenario works like an installation, I plan the makeup as someone who paints, compose and frame as I were drawing and I position myself in the scene like if I were a sculpture. Acting and photographing are the last things in this process. I’m a conceptual artist, in a period that artists do each time less stuff. I take a long time to conceive an idea and then I try to make the most of it alone, and it ends up being part of my speech, of what I have to say. Somehow I’m registering the time we live in, from the materials that I apply in productions to the context I create to the historical crop of someone who became an icon. I put myself in someone else’s shoes. I use my work to try to understand myself and the world. People end up seeing their selves in the characters I incorporate. This works as a reflection of society. KALTBLUT: Do you do the pictures yourself or you have someone to help you with it? Alexandre: The handmade character and the pleasure of executing each detail, from costume, lighting, scenario… Everything is made by myself. When I have someone to help me, is just an assistant to sew buttons. KALTBLUT: You are very eclectic in your work, which artist inspire you the most? Alexandre: I guess that the first ones to inspire me were my parents. My mother was a dressmaker and my father a carpenter. In my childhood I was enchanted by Van Gogh and his self portraits, and then I found out Frida, who had a lot of self portraits either. I always adored sculptures that represents the human form, that’s why I always work with “the body”. Renascence art and humanity will always be my inspirations. I was enchanted for the symbolists and pre-raphaelites for a while. I work with “identity”, concepts of psychoanalysis and contemporary transformations. In fact I go trough all the history of art, but for the ones who are not paying that much attention it goes unnoticed the lots of contemporary references that exists in everything I do, what is not concentrated in a superficial way. Questions about identity, displacement direction, language, culture. KALTBLUT: You have any new projects? Alexandre: Always. My work is my life. I find it difficult to understand how I work, but for me is a daily exercise. Maybe I can start to liberate myself from photography and show objects, installations, performances, sculptures, draws, paintings, and understand it as a new project. I’ll keep doing the same thing indeed, but exploring new ways of showing it. KALTBLUT: Have you ever done any live performance, as a live sculpture? Alexandre: Yes, but not with the solemnity of a presentation. My friends and family when watching the whole process to the “click moment” are appreciating my job in a privileged dimension, they see my concentration, my preparation and my atuation. Maybe it has an even more beauty than the result in the photograph.
He started with photography at the age of 16 and his work was recently shown in the 2010 exhibition of the collection of Gilberto Chateaubriand at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro . Alexandre Mury has a degree in Social Communication (FAFIC – Faculdade de Filosofia de Campos – Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil) and was art director in advertising agencies, as well as acting professor of visual communication in three educational centers (FIPH, Faculdades Integradas Padre Humberto, Itaperuna, RJ, Brazil, 2003/2006; CEFET, Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Campos, Campos dos Goytacazes, 2003/2004; FAFIC, Faculdade de Filosofia de Campos, Campos dos Goytacazes, 2003/2004). He was born in São Fidélis, Rio de Janeiro on January 13,1976 and has drawn and painted since childhood. His artistic legitimacy as a photographer became established when his work was first included in outstanding private collections of Brazilian art and photography, such as that of Joaquim Paiva (of Rio de Janeiro). In a playful, intriguing and newly contextualized mode, he endeavours to reconstruct famous eternal themes and to re frame the Classics. Improvisation and allegory closely tie his oeuvre to Brazilian reality by means of a particular vernacular aesthetics that falls well within contemporary mainstream exercises in recycling and rereading. The choice of materials and personal production of sets, costumes and ambiances reflect his freedom of interpretation and his truly personal rendering of the iconic subject matter pursued in his oeuvre.