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FORA PARA DENTRO (2009)
MASP – Museum of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Curated by Teixeira Coelho, Baixo Ribeiro, Mariana Martins e Eduardo Saretta.
Awarded Most Promising New Artis”t by APCA ( São Paulo Critics Association ) for this exhibition, Stephan presented at MASP a selection of his production including 50 drawings, paintings, a 3,5 x 10 meters mural, photos and videos from his project Temporal and a installation entitled Novo Asceticismo ( New Asceticism ).
About Novo Asceticismo:
Modified books: screen printed, printed, and painted.
Acrylic on wood, light bulbs.
Printed paper pennants.
Novo Asceticismo was composed of about 300 object-books, most of which on obsolete constitutional law. The relatively recent publications, from 2000 on, were purchased at second hand stores for a few cents each, and underwent interventions that subverted meaning and transformed them into sacred books icons.
The installation referred to the period of law duration, and to the process of its legitimation or expiration. Some laws can be annulled in a few years, while others can be valid for hundreds or thousands of years, like the ones based on writings considered sacred.