Anna Maria Maiolino: Making Love Revolutionary is the first UK retrospective of one of the most pioneering artists working in Brazil today.
With simple materials like clay, paper and ink Anna Maria Maiolino (b1942, Italy) constructs a fascinating world rooted in human conditions such as longing and motherhood, fragility, language and resistance. Frequently taking inspiration from her experience as an immigrant coming of age under Brazil’s military dictatorship, the artist chronicles 60 years of political, personal and cultural shifts.
This exhibition brings together an extraordinary body of 150 works, many on display in the UK for the first time. The title Making Love Revolutionary reflects Maiolino’s exposure to the Argentinian Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo movement when living in Buenos Aires. Originating in the 1970s, it saw women march in defiance of the government to campaign for their children disappeared under dictatorship. Becoming a visible, unexpected and dynamic political force over decades, the mother’s love becomes revolutionary.
Maiolinio’s later works including sculptures and works on paper are displayed alongside her politically charged video and performance works from the 1970s and 1980s.