Rio-Montevideo: Rosangela Renno

The first UK solo exhibition by the Brazilian artist is shown at The Photographers Gallery where she presents slides salvaged from the archives of photo journalist Aurelio Gonzalez.

The images were made between 1957 and 1973, for the Uruguayan Communist newspaper El Popular, in anticipation of the ensuing military coup.  Gonzalez hid the archive in a wall cavity for thirty years, only going to retrieve them at a time he felt safe to do so.  This story is remarkable in itself and the archive offers a rare visual record of that time, showing scenes of unrest, poverty and decline preceding the coup.

Rio Montevideo







The beautiful, dramatic and yet simple installation harnesses the power, sound and temperament of 20 vintage analogue projectors.  Adding to the atmosphere the installation clicks, whirs and thuds away using these handsome machines that were sourced from South America and date back to the time that the images were made.  The audience are free to press the go button to show the slide as they move around the interactive installation.

The exhibition highlights the overlooked narratives during this time of great upheaval.  The work explores suppressed memory and the collective memory loss that perpetuates South America’s twentieth century history.