“My motivation is to pursue what it means to be free today”: a conversation with Marcelo Cidade


  • Felipe Scovino
  • Marcelo Cidade




Interview. Marcelo Cidade. Public place. Violence. Freedom.


In an interview with Felipe Scovino, artist Marcelo Cidade revisits different works he made in the 2000s and 2010s, pointing out his motivations and commenting on the critical dimensions of that work, usually focused on public space, either as a field of action or as theme. Themes like the relations between art and crime emerge in the conversation, ranging from issues related to fear, social surveillance, institutionalized violence and the exercise of freedom. The interview also discusses the dialogue between contemporary art production and the historical and historiographic tradition of art.


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Biografia do Autor

Felipe Scovino

He is a professor at the School of Fine Arts (UFRJ) and currently coordinates its Graduate Program in Visual Arts. He also works as an art critic and curator. His works as curator include: O lugar da linha (Paço das Artes, São Paulo, MAC, Niterói, 2010) and, in collaboration with Paulo Sergio Duarte, Lygia Clark: uma retrospectiva (Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, 2012).

Marcelo Cidade

He holds a degree in Visual Arts from Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP), based in São Paulo, where he lives and works. Cidade creates works that express complex social conflicts and bring signs and situations from the streets to spaces dedicated to art. One of his particular interests is the public space of urban areas and the technological flow of our surveillance society. Among the recent solo exhibitions are Nulo ou em Branco, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo (2016), (Un)Monument for V. Tatlin, Galleria Continua, San Gemigniano (2015), and Somewhere, Elsewhere, Anywhere, Nowhere, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2014).



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Como Citar

Scovino, F., & Cidade, M. (2018). “My motivation is to pursue what it means to be free today”: a conversation with Marcelo Cidade. PORTO ARTE: Revista De Artes Visuais, 22(37). https://doi.org/10.22456/2179-8001.80121