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Displacement2 by Rita Barros

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Rita Barros has been living at the landmark Chelsea Hotel in NYC since 1984. In the summer of 2011, the hotel was sold and closed to transient guests. The long time residents (about 80 people) have been fighting for the right to keep their homes under the threat of eviction, facing constant harassment, and living amid the debris of demolition. Started on Labor Day weekend 2012, the series "Displacement 2" focus on how the artist deals with the process of deconstruction not only of the hotel but also of her daily life. The Beckettian world of absurdity and the senselessness of the situations are portrayed in short actions. The bricks of the rooftop garden (which was destroyed) play a major role in the creative process. They are, not only the background but also the subject. They function as a metaphor for the home that is being demolished and they carry the weight of the memory of the place. Rita Barros lives in NY since 1980 and teaches photography at NYU (New York University). She has a MA in 'Art in Media: Studio Art' from New York University/ International Center of Photography. She is the author of the book “Fifteen Years: Chelsea Hotel” Camara Municipal de Lisboa,1999. Her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions: at PS 1, Briggs & Robinson Gallery, Exit Art, (all in NYC); Center for Photography at Woodstock, (NY), Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Museum (Havana, Cuba); Encontros De Coimbra and Museum de Água (both in Lisbon, Portugal), São Paulo Contemporary Art Museum (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Photo España 07 (Emerging Talents) at the Museo de Arte Contemporanea (Madrid, Spain), Flash Art Fair (Milan, Italy), at Paris Photo 2009 and 2010 with Galeria Pente 10, and at Fundação Gulbenkian, (Paris). Rita Barros is represented in national and international public collections: Colecção BESart, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Fundação Gulbenkian, Portugal Telecom, Centro Português de Fotografia, Fundação PLMJ, Museu da Cidade de Lisboa, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo, New York Public Library, Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Museum and Casa de Las Americas, Havana.
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The images are matted and framed and ready to be installed. See video of installation in Lisbon. 21 archival ink jet prints - size of paper 22 x17" 12 archival ink jet prints - size of paper 13 x 19" 8 archival ink jet prints -size of paper 8.5 x 10" video monitor to show the loop of 12 videos with duration of about 22 minutes

21 frames 26 1/4 x 20.5 inches 12 frames 31.5 x 24.5 inches 8 frames 13 x 11 inches

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La Lettre de la Photogarphie
Arte Institute
Loja da Atalaia, St Apolónia, Lisbon, Portugal
text written for the exhibition Displacement2 by Antonio Calpi Displacement2-antonio_calpi-text-english.pdf
"Fifteen Years: Chelsea Hotel" Camara Municipal de Lisboa, 1999. http://www.amazon.com/Fifteen-Years-Chelsea-Portuguese-English/dp/972983380X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366217182&sr=8-1&keywords=fifteen+years%3A+chelsea+hotel

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