Still from Casa do Sol, 2020. 12', HDV, sound, color, 16:9. Experimental video.
Starring Júlia de Carvalho Hansen reading Hilda Hilst. Image, production and direction by Lúcia Prancha. Shot at Casa do Sol – Instituto Hilda Hilst, Campinas, Brazil, 2019.
Opening: Thursday, February 20th from 8–10pm
Dates: February 21st–March 1st, 2020
Human Resources is pleased to present CASA DO SOL, an exhibition of new work by artist Lúcia Prancha.
Prancha’s installation explores the work and legacy of Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst (1930-2004). Often described as the Marquis de Sade of Brazil, her astonishing work takes up mysticism, insanity, embodiment, eroticism, and female sexual liberation. Hilst is one of the most important Portuguese language authors of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, her work is virtually unknown in our community.
CASA DO SOL, translated from the Portuguese “House of the Sun” is the name of Hilst’s home. During her lifetime, her residence was an important gathering site for writers, artists and intellectuals. Today, CASA DO SOL holds her archive, and hosts an intimate residency program which allows writers and artists to breathe in the compound’s earthy magic.
Prancha’s video installation, CASA DO SOL, was shot on location at Hilst’s house and gardens during summer of 2019 and uses the text of one of Hilst’s short stories. This experimental video explores sexuality and the colonial through the political and poetic militancy of Hilst’s writing.
This show is possible with the kind support of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal.
410 Cottage Home
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Poster by my dear friend and great designer Ana Baliza.
Casa do Sol, 2020
Installation views, Human Resources, Los Angeles. 12', HDV, sound, color, 16:9. Experimental video. 20 pillows, carpet. CASA DO SOL's poster printed in fabric and embroidery, cotton fabric, cotton thread, 100 x 150 cm. Reading Group Reader: The Body of the Text, a reading circle & seminar (Saturday, February 22, 2-5pm) texts by Hilda Hilst. Printed on paper, clips, letter size. The Artist Book Hilda's Library (2020) works as a catalog on the ocasion of CASA DO SOL's show, printed paper, Plastic Comb Binding Spine, Crystals Presentation Covers, letter size, 75 pp. Edition 1 of 35.
Detail of Termos Hilstianos para as partes pudendas [Hilstian terms for private parties], 2020
Artist Book / Object. Unique. Acrylic, water paint, fabric glue, printed fabric, polystyrene, felt pen.
Closed: A4, 63 pages, 30 x 22 x 15 cm / Open: 30 cm x 22 cm x 13 M.
Artist’s Book. Object. Unique. Glossy photografic paper, acrylic box, bed sheet, cotton thread, pencil. Acrylic box: 24 x 18 x 8 cm; bed sheet: 200 x 225 cm. The appropriated text VI was taken from Hilda Hilst’s book “Letters from a Seducer” (1991).