REINO ZOOLOGICO – Filipe Berndt

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Reino Zoologico – Filipe Berndt – Brazil, Italy

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Reino Zoologico goes beyond our simple child zoo memories. Animals placed in an artificial environment collide with our child memories. Children’s delight gives way to adult’s reality. As a result of an extensive research and visit to over twenty five zoos in Brazil and Italy, the images show empty spaces. We do not see animals, but we perceive their presence, either by body stains left on the walls or by glasses fogged by their breath. Their presence is immanent. The enhancement of architecture created by man in attempt to replicate nature is intentional. He believes cement stone, plastic plants and artificial waterfalls can achieve the same level of life in the open.

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Filipe Berndt’s minimalistic images emphasize on the contrast between memories and reality, wildlife beauty and artificial one. Green and brown are the colors of a forest, here they talk about walls, rocks, cement, hard presence of what confine visually absent animals to a  dreary and alienated environment.

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@Central Galeria, R. Mourato Coelho 751, Sao Paulo, Brazil – Opening November 8, till December 15, 2012.

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