Cinthia Marcelle uses video and photography to document the effects her slight interventions have on the usual order of things. Her actions, often conceived as useless or absurd repetitions, create situations that confront our notions of conventional behaviour by introducing often humorous coincidences and connections.
In Confronto (Confront, 2005) from her Unus Mundus series, we see a staged intervention of fire jugglers performing for cars waiting at the red lights at a busy crossing in Belo Horizonte. This form of street entertainment is repeated through several light changes with two jugglers joining the line-up each time. Entertainment turns to torment when the jugglers ignore their cue to leave the crossing and block the flow of traffic through a succession of green lights. Marcelle's orchestrated stand-off forces the impatient drivers to take an active role in the performance, bringing a cacophony of car horns to her documentary film.
In Marco Zero (Zero Landmark, 2007) Marcelle continues to deconstruct the relationship between a performance and its viewer by questioning their otherwise accepted behaviour and conventions. Set in the white cube space of a museum, a group of construction workers go about the task of demolishing a cubic structure while visitors watch on. As the structure is taken down, a large calcareous stone (commonly used for construction in the local area of Recife) is revealed. While the workers take their lunch break in the gallery, the viewers are left to reflect not only upon the meaning of the performance but also on the object revealed by their actions. Once their break is over, the workers precede to remove the stone from the space and throw it into a nearby river, playing with the idea of 'ditching the white cube' and even ridiculing the viewers' investment in the piece.
Cinthia Marcelle's residency was the result of a partnership between Gasworks and TrAIN (University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation). TrAIN is a forum for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in architecture, art, communication, craft and design. Marcelle's residency culminated with an exhibition at Camberwell College of Art in April 2009.
The recent video Buraco Negro (Black Hole) was brought together with works made in situ in an exhibition curated by TrAIN Research Fellow, Isobel Whitelegg. Marcelle's work for this show was concerned with the specificity of its location, within a school of art, and how the experience accumulated within this one particular place connects to a widely scattered world of learning: the things, materials, meanings and intimate encounters that circumscribe a shared sphere between practice, play and profession.
Cinthia Marcelle lives and works in Brazil. Marcelle graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. Recent solo exhibitions include: Ikon Gallery. Birmingham, UK (2008), Box 4 gallery,Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2007) Stride Gallery, Calgary, Canada (2005). She was also featured in the 2007 Bienal de Lyon and the 2006 9th Bienal de Havana. Marcelle will have a solo show at the Sprovieri Gallery, London in March 2009 coinciding with her residency with TrAIN/Gasworks.