GERALDO DE BARROS. UNILABOR
GERALDO DE BARROS. UNILABOR.
MÖBEL UND FOTOGRAFIEN.
SEP 25 2019 - JAN 12 2020
"Geraldo de Barros: Unilabor. Möbel und Fotografien” at Opelvillen Rüsselsheim Museum in Frankfurt was an exhibition was curated by Beate Kemfert with the collaboration of SIDE GALLERY. The Opel villas took the anniversary year of the Bauhaus 2019 as an occasion to present Unilabor to a broad audience for the first time in an exhibition, and to emphasize the importance of the artist Geraldo de Barros in the fields of design and photography.
The exhibition included original Unilabor furniture that had never been exhibited outside of Brazil. Photographs from the 1950s photo series by Geraldo de Barros were also on display.
"The purpose of this self-managed-working community, was to create a new model of a factory, were the workers had the control of the factory"
De Barros started his career in the painting field, although he gained his greatest achievements in experimental photography, becoming one of the pioneers of the photographic abstraction and the main references of Concretism art in the Brazilian Avant-garde. De Barros was a seeker of idealism that encouraged him to engage in the project of UNILABOR. This utopia materialized in the periphery of Sao Paulo where a community of artists, workers and intellectuals, were reunited by the fray Joao Batista Pereira and Gerlaldo De Barros. The purpose of this self-managed-working community, was to create a new model of a factory, were the workers had the control of the factory. Based on the education of the workers, the implementation of cultural actions during the working hours and, thanks to de Barros, who added an aesthetic vision and design to the project. Economy and Humanism were the roots of the movement.