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A Film Gathers a Beloved Brazilian Artist’s Intimate Audio Diaries

October 16, 2017

...While a beloved artist in his home country, Leonilson is lesser known in the US, where he is having his first solo exhibition at the Americas Society. There you can see 50 of his paintings, drawings, and embroideries, which often incorporate language that offers glimpses of his personal thoughts (“empty man/lone/ready”).

To coincide with the exhibition, the Americas Society and Cinema Tropical have collaborated with the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School to screen the 2015 film A Paixão de JL, which revolves around Leonilson’s tape recordings. The film was directed by Carlos Nader, a friend of Leonilson’s, who considers the project as a kind of “posthumous partnership.”

This poetic and moving portrait is a unique introduction to the Americas Society exhibition, which moves chronologically backwards from the year Leonilson died....

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