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Carlo Sampietro
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a mixed media artist working to heighten public awareness by visually demonstrating cultural issues. My process begins with the act of observation— assessing the complexity of the culturally rooted traditions and social issues that inform and shape people’s lives. I study landscape evolution, human preconceptions, use of natural resources, similarities and differences between societies, cultures, and cities. I take this information and translate my findings into multimedia and found-object installation art. Repurposing these found materials allows me to explain complex social issues to the public from a new angle. I choose my medium according to what best speaks to the audience I wish to reach with a particular work. My work examines the relationships between objects, their intended use and their potential. For me these relationships are a metaphor for the human condition.
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Bunda Pandeiro is the first part of a trilogy that explores the rules of gender and race in the contemporary world. If you enjoyed the first of this series, please contribute to this project by sharing this with your friends. In Brazilian slang, the phrase is used to describe attractive buttocks by referring to them as a tambourine. While the ass is a universally recognized symbol of sexual allure, the film blurs lines between gender and race, reducing each participant to the utilitarian role of a musical instrument. Traditional sexual roles are also eliminated. This body concert is a metaphorical representation of the tambourine, which has no gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation but is defined perfect simply from the sound that it makes. Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/49330785


 








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