11 November - 20 December 2014
Opening Night: Tuesday 11 November 6 - 8 pm
Shoot Gallery is proud to announce “Gabinete de Curiosidades”, a solo exhibition addressing issues of re-categorisation, ecology and biology through photography by Brazilian artist Daniel Malva.
The exhibition was a great success at Kristin Hjellegjerde in London, chosen by FAD as one of the top five exhibitions to see in London. It was also featured in Wall Street International, Londonist, and international publication Another Magazine, as well as a number of Brazilian publications, ‘gabinete de curiosidades’ is “an exhibition that combines scientific interest and artistic merit in an engaging display” (Londonist).
There is the sensation of stumbling upon a Victorian parlour – various specimens greet you, neatly catalogued, as you browse the zoological display. Iridescent beetles, a terrifyingly life-like spider, a toucan, a pelican and a mandrill – all pinned in boxes or propped on stands, carefully preserved, some through taxidermy, others, formaldehyde.
However, the dusty cabinets and vitrines of the Victorian collector’s house are replaced with hauntingly intimate photographs, milky and pale. Each creature looks suspended, at once present, yet just out of reach. Other images shock as the eye focuses to find the subject amongst this optical fog. A disembodied hand, a human skull, a whale heart – the border between animal and human is blurred and hard to distinguish.
The choice of these strange and sometimes unsettling subjects hails from the artist’s background in biology, which he studied before going on to earn his Bacherlor’s degree in photography from Senac. During his time in the natural sciences, Malva spent four years working at the Genome Project – and it was this experience, coupled with visits to natural history museums in and around the small towns of São Paulo, that was influential in the synthesis of his now iconic photographic work.
Daniel Malva treats his photographs as beautiful objects as well as meaningful images. In an era when anybody can make pictures, it is wonderful to discover an artist like Malva who is working with photography in a way not everybody can do.
Photography has always been brilliant at the instant. But sometimes the instant is not what you need, especially when contemplating something to stay in the home for years. There are many ways of slowing photography down, and here is an artist that takes pleasure in them.
Daniel Malva was born in 1977 in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. He has lived and worked in São Paulo since 2001. At the age of 13, Malva began drawing, working in an advertising studio. He spent the next eight years there, drawing and experimenting with various media. In 1998 he joined the Faculdade de Biologia, followed by work as a researcher for the Projeto Genoma for four years. In 2006, he received his Bachelor’s degree in photography from the National Service of Commerce Learning (Senac-SP). Since then, he has been in search of new photographic approaches: the effects and textures in his work are the result of his objective lens, built with the remains of other lenses and/or discarded material. In 2009, inspired by the collections of the 16th and 17th centuries, Malva presented the photo essay Natural History Museum. In 2012, he began studying Mechatronics, aiming at enhancing the construction of his photographic equipment. Recent solo exhibitions include Organometrismo, Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens, Brazil (2013), Natural History Museum, at the Ophicina and Mezanino Gallery, both in Sao Paulo (2010 and 2009 respectively), while group shows include and There and Back, IPF, Lisboa and Porto, Portugal (2012). Malva was first time launched in Europe with a soloshow at Kristin Hjellegjerde, London June 2014.
For more information, visit www.danielmalva.com.br