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+5511HR130911-890DLeonardo Finotto, Pelada #890 (2013)

The World Cup has finally arrived, and nothing but soccer seems to come to mind these days. All across Brazil, streets are festively covered in green and yellow as the nation gears up to cheer for our team, globally known for its audacity, creativity, and ingeniousness on the field. From the historic goals of Pelé, legendary king of soccer, to the smooth moves of Neymar, the team’s phenomenal crown prince, Brazilian soccer has achieved the status of art form (or, as we say here, “futebol arte”). It does not come as a surprise, then, that the nation’s favorite sport has heavily influenced the local art scene during these World Cup days. As millions of Brazilians anxiously wait for the team to descend the steps of their airplane (customized by Os Gêmeos at São Paulo’s airport, galleries and museums across Brazil pay homage to the nation’s most powerful passion.

+5511HR120325_064DLeonardo Finotto, Pelada #64 (2012)

In the heart of Ipanema, Rio’s iconic neighborhood, the Luciana Caravello gallery launches the exhibition Pelada,by Leonardo Finotti. Born in Minas Gerais, 36-year-old Finotti took an interest in the relationship between the current World Cup and the popular soccer fields of São Paulo’s underprivileged suburbs. To gallerist Luciana Caravello, there is something sacred about theses images: “Most of these fields are the only public spaces in these neighborhoods, and they are true areas of resistance to the public domain. They show, without publicity or sponsors, the true power of the relationship between soccer and people, art and politics.”

The exhibition, which features eleven recent and unedited aerial photographs, runs through July 19.

Rua Barão de Jaguaripe, 387 Ipanema.

For more information, visit www.lucianacaravello.com.br.

+5511HR070305_058DLeonardo Finotto, Pelada #058 (2007)

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