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Contour Ouvert by Laura       Erber

Diario do Sertão by Laura       Erber

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Laura Erber

Diario do Sertão by Laura       Erber


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Laura Erber
(b. Rí­o de Janeiro, 1979).

Erber is a writer and an artist. She received the Nova Fronteira award for the best free adaptation of the work of João Guimarães Rosa with the video "Campo Geral". She collaborates actively in various poetry reviews such as "Inimigo Rumor" (Lisbon - Rio de Janeiro), "Grumo" (Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro), "Cacto" (São Paulo), "Goéland" (France) and has published Insones, (Rio de Janeiro, 2002).

"Contour Ouvert" mounted in 2005 at the International Center of Art and Landscape at Vassivière brought together several displays and movies made over the past years, was her first individual exhibit in France. Months later she would present the movie Diário do Sertão at the Art Center of Le Plateau in Paris and would participate in Mercosur’s Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo.

The Vassivière Lake along with the region of the Sertão in Brazil were the launching points for the project she has carried out in "Contour Ouvert". Erber thinks of them as mental spaces for creation, places that trigger off, in their inhabitants and occasional visitors, a whole series of fictions and legends that become the metaphorical subject of the exhibit. The specific geographic location of the art center at Vassivière and its architectural value –designed, as it was, by Aldo Rossi and Xavier Fabre during the seventies-- confer to it a particularly interesting quality. Built in an artificial island surrounded by a lake 1,000 hectares large and located at an altitude of 700 meters, the building is made up of two elements enmeshed in the landscape: a tower or limelight from where it is possible to take in the entire park, and an elongated structure remindful of an agricultural hangar where the exhibits are held. It is within this context that Laura Eber presented her work and spoke to us about it.

In this 2006 interview curator Marí­a Inés Rodrí­guez speaks to Erber about her film Diário do Sertão and her interest in exploring the geographical within the myths and history of Brazil.

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