Cildo Meireles
by Gerald Fox, UK 2008, 50'
PHOTOGRAPHY: Paulo Jacinto, Steve Haskett   PRODUCERS: Gerald Fox, Will Gompertz, Jane Burton
EDITING: John Street    
VOICE OVER: Melvyn Bragg   PRODUCTION: Tate Media/ITV The South Bank Show

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film Presented at The Screen of the Arts 2009

Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles (Rio de Janeiro, 1948), one of the protagonists of the 2009 Venice Biennale, awarded with Ordway Prize and with Premio Velázquez de las Artes Plásticas in 2008, is a pioneer of conceptual art and the creator of sculptures and installations that have a strong visual and emotional impact. Gerald Fox’s documentary follows the artist during the preparations for his 2008 solo show at the Tate Modern and covers Meireles’ voyage from Rio de Janeiro, where the artist lives and works, on to London. Whether in his studio, in meetings with family members as well as with helpers, or visiting places that inspire his works and the museums where these come to light, Meireles talks touchingly about his life and work. He is clearly inspired by the evocative and communicative power of the objects that make up his work. With his words, he takes the viewers “lejos” or “far away”- which is his favourite word. The film is accompanied by music especially created by one of his sons.

Gerald Fox
Born in 1963, he studied Visual Arts at Harvard. Producer and film maker of the notorious The South Bank Show for London Weekend Television, Fox has portrayed some of the most important contemporary authors and received many prestigious prizes. In 1997 his documentary Gilbert & George won the prestigious Best Art Film at BAFTA - British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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