The sculptural project is a radical reading of the legend of the manna, the miraculous bread the hebrews ate in the desert while running from slavery in Egypt, towards the promised land. Rocha Pitta inverts the elements by poetically inserting the desert inside the bread.
NO HAY PAN is a very simple sculpture: a bread filled with sand, that has to be used, to be opened, in order to be revealed. By locating the artwork in the most archaic symbols of human work, bread, the artist raises difficult questions about our present. Not by accident, the title comes from a slogan of Spanish protests.
Gluck50 will temporarily be transformed in a bakery in order to make the sculpture available for everyone. The artwork will be sold at cost price and produced daily, bringing the economy of daily life into the gallery.
Matheus Rocha Pitta (Tiradentes – MG, Brazil 1980) is a Brazilian artist. Driven, in particular, by a certain critical enunciation on the exchange mechanisms that rule ordinary life.
Kaira M. Cabañas is Associate Professor in Global Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Gluck50 was created with the intention of promoting contemporary art through an international residency programme for artists. The programme’s objective is to give selected artists the opportunity to spend a period of time in Milan concentrating on research and work, culminating in an exhibition project.