Installation view of Enciclopédia Visual Brasileira [Brazilian Visual Encyclopedia] (1970-2016)

Wlademir Dias-Pino
1927, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lives in Rio de Janeiro

Wlademir Dias-Pino is an artist, poet, graphic designer, and window dresser. As early as the 1940s, he made his first forays into poetry and, througout the 1950s and 60s, he participated in the founding of the visual poetry movement Poema / Processo and the literary avant-guarde movement Intensivismo. His practice challenges the relationship between image and language by proposing a reading of the world through images. At the 32nd Bienal, Dias-Pino presents a selection from Enciclopédia Visual Brasileira [Brazilian Visual Encyclopedia] (1970-2016), an inventory of images containing 1,001 volumes divided into 28 series. The images are created with visual materials appropriated from different sources and periods. The artist works this iconography by means of collage, cropping, xerox, overlaying, and digital manipulation, resulting in industrially-made figures that consist of multiple layers: a repository of visual content formed by an amalgam of images amid the shapes and colors employed by the artist. Outdoors (2015-2016), in turn, consists of a series of plates with geometric abstractions produced after landscapes, amongst architectural elements and social habits. The plates are placed at different spots in Ibirapuera Park.