Fetish for Books or Paper Fetish
Curator: Ricardo Sardenberg
The exhibition A tara por livros ou a tara de papel [Fetish for Books or Paper Fetish] does not use the investigation of the book-object as its starting point, something that can be readily found in many recent exhibitions. But, I hope, it does appropriate the idea of the book-body. Although it is not a purely esthetic exploration, I still hope the exhibition provides visitors with a sensual and esthetic experience, a rather hedonistic one with the objects of desire. Books here merge with possession, eroticism and the compulsion for beauty and also appear as a note of affection, since we give books to people we care for. In this sense, the artistic book here is seen as a fetish. The exhibition celebrates the book-object for its power to seduce.
A book is not just an object or a box, a container for stories and dreams. A book is an idea that takes possession of our mind, and often the loss of it – a book that was lent and never returned – can be as painful as the loss of a beloved person. As Flaubert wrote in defense of his book Madame Bovary: in our book, the word perfect is only ours and only exists in our lexicon.
Few sights are more disturbing than that of books burning in a bonfire. – Ricardo Sardenberg