Between September and November 2018 UK-based artist Hannah Lees will travel to São Paulo, Brazil, as part of the Triangle Fellowship Programme at Pivô.
Hannah Lees’ work investigates ideas of cycles, constancy and mortality; the sense that things come to an end and the potential for new beginnings. This constancy, be it in religion, science, history or in organic matter, is visible in her practice through her attempts to make sense of and recognise traces of life.
Very often Lees’ work reflects on the role of food in forming histories and rituals and the ways that gathering to eat and drink can connect cultures and rituals from different times and places. Traditional processes, materials and rituals are often reworked to explore how ideas and beliefs can live, die and be reborn across times and cultures. The work alternates between exploring circularity and linearity - sometimes tracking modulating self-sustaining systems, at other times following a process by which an object is permanently transformed. She is particularly interested in how civilisations form and end around an ever-changing relationship between what is valued and what is discarded, and has frequently used food by-products to produce sculptures.
Lees’ work is abstract, in the sense that it does not reproduce existing cultural conditions for the sake of critique or documentary. Rather, she combines unexpected elements in order for connections to arise. Her work is particularly concerned with activating the affective potential of organic objects.
Through appreciating this, her work is focused towards an understanding of the essential nature of the materials she uses as well as allowing space for shifts in context in order to disrupt interpretation and allow for new meaning.
Pivô is an independent non-profit contemporary art space, which is free and open to the public, located in São Paulo city centre. Founded in 2012, in a 3500m² space – previously closed for around 20 years – in the iconic Copan building designed by Oscar Niemeyer, Pivô works as a platform that facilitates artistic and curatorial experimentation, as well as being a meeting point for several players in the national and international art community and the public.
Invited artists and curators are encouraged to go beyond their daily practice and to respond formally and conceptually to the specificities of Pivô’s architecture and context, proposing and carrying out projects that would be unlikely in different circumstances. Away from market pressures and excessively bureaucratic frameworks, Pivô is a place of experimentation that comes into fruition through exhibitions and commissioned artworks, workshops, art residencies and public programmes with artists at different stages in their careers and from different nationalities.
For further information about the residency program please visit their website.