Equipe3 & Arte/Ação

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Equipe 3 was composed by the artists Francisco Iñarra (1947 – 2009), Genilson Soares (1940) e Lydia Okumura (1948). 


Working together between 1970 and 1979, they generated one of the most relevant experimental artistic productions of the 1970s through the creation of happenings and ephemeral installations which configure the history of avant-garde art in Brazil. Their oeuvre is documented in a number of institutional collections such as the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC/USP), the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM/SP), the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the Fundação Nemirovsky, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hara Museum in Tokyo, Japan, among others. 


Following Okumura's departure, Iñarra and Genilson would continued to work together and took part in the 1974 Brazilian National Biennial with the proposal In a Tight Space. In 1975 the duo begun a series of works which appropriated elements of works by other artists, such as Chihiro Shimotani, Giorgio de Chirico and Marino Marini - all part of the MAC-USP collection, the museum Iñarra and Genilson gravitated around. They called these propositions Arte/Ação (Art/Action), and decided to adopt the name for the duo. 


In one of their most notorious appropriations, Event with the Event Stone (1975), the duo secretly removed a piece from one of Shimotani’s installations exhibited at MAC-USP, and took it for a “stroll” around the museum. It was only after this appropriation/action that the duo established photographic and textual documentation as a base for their work.


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