Brazil is currently experiencing an unprecedented water crisis caused by deforestation and corruption. Both federal and local governments have been slow to acknowledge and respond to the crisis, leaving matters in the hands of a few brave activists. On March 21st, Emerging Collective will celebrate UN World Water Day in Rio de Janeiro. In Santa Teresa, one of Rio’s most affluent and scenic neighborhoods, renowned artist and activist, Ronald Duarte will execute “Gota D’Agua”, an intervention on the Olympic sized pool in the legendary Edifício Raposo Lopes. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion between Barbara Vega, Haroldo de Matos, Tom Punch and artist Ronald Duarte. Journalist Gabriela Machado will moderate the panel.
Ronald Duarte is an eco-activist artist, considered to be one of the most polemic artists in Brazil. Duarte has been awarded the Prix Urban Interference in Santa Teresa for “Cross- fire” and the Funarte Projectiles Prize in Contemporary Art for his seminal intervention “Nimbus // If only.” Duarte is also the proud recipient of the MARCANTONIO VILAÇA PRIZE (2006), and the IBERÊ CAMARGO SCHOLARSHIP (2008), for which he created “EASY TARGET”, a target of fire built with three barrels of oil and clothes donated by local dwellers, in the meadow of the Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal (presented at the opening of TRAMA – Festival of Performance Art). In 2009, the Het Domein Museum in Sittard (Holland) commissioned Duarte to produce a paint “war” , paraphrasing the counter-strike civil war game of the Rio hill slums. In 2011, the Office of Culture of Rio de Janeiro, RJ, presented Duarte with an award for his groundbreaking work “Steel Chest”. Duarte was consequently invited to create a commission for the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach.