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JOSÉ RICARDO DÍAS (RIDIAS)
...AND THE NOSTALGIA THAT REMAINED
[Art installations for the São Paulo XIV Bienal (1977) and the I Latin-American Bienal (1978)
It is said that we died twice – the first time is a physical death, the second is produced in the exact moment when ur names are said for the last time. José Ricardo Días’ story, Ridias (Araçatuba in São Paulo, Brazil, 1948 - São Paulo, Brazil, 1978)is an untimely death story, when he was precisely thirty years old, he had a career as a designer, as an architect and as an artista who was introduced in a purposive manner in São Paulo in the XIV International Bienal (1977)and the I Latin- American Bienal (1978); his physical death involved an almost 40-year-old omission sealed with an obituary advert published in Ponto de Apoio second number, Contemporary Art School Students Journal. Although his second death, the one that refers to memory, didn´t happen on a familial level, the vestige of Ridias the artista is lost behind this latter announcement of death.
This meeting happened casually, first three concrete poems hanging off the walls in artist Alice Ricci´s home and then a box of sketches, clipings, writtings and assembly plans that contained clues around the artist´s way of working, opening the possibility of reproducing, in a mechanical manner, some of his poems and to recreate two of his art installations, specifically the ones presented in the afore mentioned bienals. The care in which his family has kept all this material was key at the moment of facing this exhibition in a perfect oriented manner from the past by the artist himself. The consistent way that Ridias left registerd his path has come to us through his assembly plans, his writings over each and every one of his works and of all of the original works of art that are now in display at Atelie Fidalga.
This Project wants to simply be a call for attention,a start point for the future recovery and in particular of the works and contributions of an artista whose posible future evolution was cutshort, but that in any case deserves interest for the rigorous labour.
Text: Ángel Calvo Ulloa | curator
[original text – in Spanish]