Saudade

The series “Saudade” is a set of 12 landscapes painted “by memory” of the former studio of artist Panmela Castro, where she spent the best moments of her life with loved ones. The series composes the artist's research on classical themes of painting and elite thought, as can also be seen in her other series Women of Color Don't Receive Flowers. 

For the artist, who grew up as a graffiti artist from the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and who lived on the fringes, the classic reference is how the desire to leave the marginal space — of violence and exclusion — can be synthesized, to be accepted and treated well, despite the fact that not every ascension in the world will change the impression of others about their origins, considering certain mannerisms and performativities that are negatively stigmatized by the elite. However, it is the contradiction that makes the banal image take on a sophisticated air, given that it is not the image itself, but the sometimes inaccessible and unattainable desire to belong to a space where people are treated as “of value”. 

About the works, the artist reports: 

“These specific landscapes, I took a friend to see and he didn't like it. He said that it is a beaten image and that it had nothing to do with me. I think he didn't get what I was talking about there, because he wanted me to be exotic given the fetishes of whiteness. A kind of prejudice also due to the banal, popular, kitsch, pop image; which reminds me of all the decades of people like Heitor dos Prazeres, who had their own references and who were disregarded by the “legitimate history of Brazilian art”, while celebrating the elite artists of the week of 22, with their paintings of avowed influence European.”

"Saudade I", oil on linen, 19 3/4 x 51 3/16, 2021.

"Saudade II", oil on linen, 19 3/4 x 51 3/16, 2021

"Saudade III", óleo sobre linho, 50 x 130 cm, 2021.

"Saudade IV", óleo sobre linho, 50 x 130 cm, 2021.

"Saudade V", óleo sobre linho, 50 x 130 cm, 2022.

"Saudade VI", óleo sobre linho, 50 x 130 cm, 2022.

"Saudade VII", óleo sobre linho, 50 x 130 cm, 2022.

"Saudade VIII", óleo sobre linho, 50 x 130 cm, 2022.

"Saudade IX", óleo sobre linho, 50 x 130 cm, 2022.

"Saudade X", óleo sobre linho, 50 x 130 cm, 2022.

"Saudade XI", óleo sobre linho, 50 x 130 cm, 2022.

"Saudade XII", óleo sobre linho, 50 x 130 cm, 2022.