A detail from an artwork by Maxwell Alexandre, titled Close a door to open a window, dated 2020.

Maxwell Alexandre

Pardo é Papel: Close a door to open a window

David Zwirner is pleased to present Pardo é Papel: close a door to open a window, an exhibition of new works by the Brazilian artist Maxwell Alexandre (b. 1990), on view at the gallery’s London location. This is Alexandre’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom.

Raised and residing in Rio de Janeiro’s Rocinha favela, Alexandre roots his practice in the densely populated and socioeconomically diverse neighbourhood that surrounds his studio. Observing how forces such as the evangelical church, organised crime, and state violence exert control in the city’s favelas, the artist makes visible the primary authorities that shape the lives of its Black inhabitants and amplifies everyday symbols that serve as displays of strength and resilience.

 

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Image: Maxwell Alexandre, Close a door to open a window, 2020 (detail)

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Dates
November 12December 19, 2020
Artist
Maxwell Alexandre

The following video was made on the occasion of Alexandre's solo exhibition Pardo é Papel (Brown is Paper) at Rio Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, in 2019. The film introduces the exhibition and the artist's work in the context of his home city, the local audience, and the broader context of Brazilian contemporary art.

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