Lenora works in the field of visual poetry, and her initial work materials consisted of words and imagery. Her book is the outcome of a poetic investigation based on the hyphen, its shape and meaning, once she sees the book as an autonomous and acting object.

Lenora de Barros [São Paulo, 1953] lives and works in São Paulo. Represented by the gallery Millan. Recent solo shows: Pisa na Paúra, galeria Millan [São Paulo, 2017],  Isso é osso disso, Paço das Artes [São Paulo, 2016]; Umas e Outras, Pivô [São Paulo, 2014]. Participated in Bienal de São Paulo [1983, 1998]; Bienal do Mercosul [Porto Alegre, 2005, 2009]; Bienal de Cerveira [Portugal, 2013].


The book of Leonora de Barros is the outcome of a poetic investigation based on the hyphen, its shape and meaning, once she sees the book as an autonomous and acting object, both due to the possibility of recording an act, or due to the fact that its own handling, and its own reading, is a performance in itself.
The mark, which is the most essential part of the work, depending on its use, unites or separates anything that tries to approach it. e journey between a black notepad, the book, until a symbol and its uses, the hyphen, is a ected herein by a subtle noise: the presence of the artist herself, who gives life to it.
A varnish layer unites and separates the geometrical rectangular shape – typical of the hyphen and book – from the photographic record of a performance involving the work of Leonora, and a banner installed on the facade of Cento Universitário Maria Antônia which is subsequently mutilated. is has nothing to do with a piece of information, i.e. true or false, but rather with ponderations on who is seeking and who is being sought a er, on a shape that is received and another that is built. What does bond the audience to the artistic object, and what distances the latter from the former? What does unite people living on di erent continents, and what does segregate them? What does bond shape to content, and what separates them? Are there in uencers?
This is a work than can be enjoyed in various ways. In the most obvious one the reading reveals the title of the book: what unites – also separates. However, if we see it from the perspective of a verbal code investigation, as a poetic construction, when we read the particle if, almost imperceptible in the core of the book, without paying close attention, obviously, to grammar rules, and also creating stops or di erent intonations while reading it aloud, even when they are not present in the book by means of adequate symbols, the work makes us question the particle lexicon: what unites also separates, and may be read in various ways.

o que une – separa

Lenora de Barros


ISBN 9788567769028
128 pages
15,5 x 23 cm
300 numbered copies
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