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Lambert Crickxstraat 30
1070 Brussels, Belgium

Parque do Flamengo

Sophie Nys

HD video, color, 16:9, sound (dolby), BE, 2012, 45’

Drawn by her interest in history and architecture and the ambiguity emerging from modernist utopias, the Belgian artist Sophie Nys left in January 2011 for Rio de Janeiro to shoot the film ‘Parque do Flamengo’. From this a semi-documentary resulted whose main character is the Parque do Flamengo, a park designed by the landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx between 1954 and 1959. Simultaneously a painter, sculptor, poet and botanist, Roberto Burle Marx is known worldwide as one of the greatest landscape architects of the twentieth century. The film by Sophie Nys is a 45 minutes uncut travelling shot and represents the whole of the park as an isolated entity. The space is crossed from A to Z at a walking pace. As a stroll, the route follows the curved and sensual line of the park.
The film is a physical and plastic portrait of the place, a recording of a living space between culture and nature. At Sophie Nys’s request, musician Arto Lindsay conceived an original soundtrack for the film, using the list of plants featured in the park as a starting point for this new composition.

Image Wim Temmerman
Editing Sophie Nys
Music Arto Lindsay
Sound recording Caio César Lourdes
Sound mixage Stef Van Alsenoy
Post production Charbon
Produced by Renata Fazzio
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, LUCA School of Arts, Galerie Greta Meert, Rio Film Commission

Parque do Flamengo has been on display at the following locations:

Galería Macchina Santiago, (CL) May 3–Jun 28 2016 FRAC Franche-Comté Besançon, (FR) Jun 21–Sep 21 2014 ZAWP Bilbao, (ES) Tuesday, Jun 17 2014 Les Rencontres Internationales Berlin, (DE) Jun 25–Jun 30 2013 Les Rencontres Internationales Paris, (FR) Dec 1–Dec 8 2012 Fiac Paris, (FR) Oct 18–Oct 21 2012 Kaskcinema Gent, (BE) Thursday, Sep 27 2012 La Loge Brussel, (BE) Sep 6–Nov 3 2012 Architecture Biennale Venice, (IT) Aug 28–Nov 3 2012 Galerie Campagne Première Berlin, (DE) Jun 29–Jul 27 2012 Liste Basel, (CH) Jun 12–Jun 17 2012 La Bourg Lausanne, (CH) Friday, Jun 8 2012