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Brazil on the Verge of Change
Ben Westoby, bye bye brazil, white cube bermodsey, sarah morris
Photo by Ben Westoby

In 1979, Carlos Diegues, directed an international film called Bye Bye Brazil. It was about a sideshow troupe travelling from village to village, swindling hard workers out of their wages. Along the way, they recruited an accordionist and his pregnant wife, dragging deeper into their world. The film examined a key moment in Brazil's history as it strove towards modernisation, and as the country faces another era of dramatic change, artist Sarah Morris has been inspired to present her own interpretation of contemporary Brazil.

Taking on the name of the film, Bye Bye Brazil is on exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey until the 29th September.

Morris is an abstract artist, and in her new 'Rio' series, her paintings have been influenced by many facets of Brazilian life, including fruit, lunar cycles, and a style of Brazilian music called bossa nova - a fusion of samba and jazz. She has also taken inspiration from Brazilian architects such as Roberto Burle Marx, Lina Bo Bardi, and Oscar Niemeyer.

Her use of vivid colours and geometric shapes leave much to the imagination, but the paintings become clearer when put alongside Morris's eleventh film, In Rio (2012). It reveals the contradictions and contrasts of one of Brazil's most urbanised cities, where growing industrial production, expensive football stadiums, and architecturally stunning buildings are found next to favelas (shanty towns). Growing economically, and in size, what does the future hold?
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 29th Sept
Phone: 44 (0) 207 930 5373
Where: White Cube Bermondsey
Cost: Free
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