THE INFINITY OF INTERCONNECTED THREADS OF JANAINA MELLO LANDINI
Author: Marc Pottier, Art Curator based in Rio de Janeiro
Article published on July 20, 2020
Discover today’s artists (I). Brazil has an almost unlimited pool of talented artists and most of their talents are recognized and shown in France. It is Janaina Mello Landini’s case. This artist, born in 1974, deploys her metaphorical threads in a spatial network she calls Ciclotrama.
THE TRANSFORMATION OF THREAD INTO A NETWORK
An architect by training, passionate about physics and mathematics, the Brazilian artist born in the state of Minas Gerais and now living in São Paulo, quickly abandons the classic support of the canvas. Her compositions contort themselves to invent scholar dialogues with the architecture of the places where she is invited. Janaina Mello Landini has been exploring since ten years the infinite possibilities of thread and rope, without treatment or colouring, whose ramifications she multiplies – from sculptures to immersive installations – to complex works, entirely made by hand.
Video: Janaina Mello Landini Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire Centre d’Arts et Nature 2019: Janaina explains her choice of suspending the threads of ropes from the ceiling creating shapes that look like trees and mimic a forest. The wooden columns that already filled the space seemed to anticipate this idea.
CICLOTRAMA, OR THE WORK IN PROCESS
Her works are often gathered and numbered under the generic title of Ciclotrama, a term she coined. It refers to the idea of eternally repeating the same act around the same frame: « Conceptually, it is part of a continuous, binary and infinite cycle, explains Janaina, it is a characteristic of a schematic hierarchical structure composed of interdependent parts. The main idea is to develop the reasoning of a spatial design through the experience of the force and the physical tension between the threads of a rope, providing the distribution of the loads received by each one of them. »
Janaina Mello Landini on Ciclotrama, interview in English.
THE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES OF INTERCONNECTIONS
Fascinating, very organic, invasive networks call for powerful metaphors: vessel networks? Canopy ramifications or imaginary plants? Roots? Nerve endings? Here the artwork stretches out, in accordance to the experience of the location; it extends with a lightness and a striking subtlety wanting to underline the infinite possibilities of the interconnections of our personal trajectories. Her works are also an opportunity to send a political message and to reflect on a Nature we take for granted and which risks disappearing.
ADOPTED BY FRANCE
Her spectacular installation at the entrance of the “Double Je” exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in 2016 caught the eye and led to many more invitations to exhibit, such as the Carmignac Foundation in Porquerolles in 2018, the Domaine de Chaumont garden festival in 2019 and this year its Ciclotrama 175 ‘impregnação’ (impregnation) at the Hotel de Canberra in Cannes.