“Pedro Varela,” 2009. Exhibition view at A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Pedro Varela. Courtesy the artist and A Gentil Carioca
A Gentil Carioca is an art space located in the historical center of Rio de Janeiro, and more specifically in the region of Saara, which is regarded as the largest open market in Latin America, founded by Arab and Jewish immigrants. All sorts of trinkets and spices surround A Gentil Carioca, which attracts both artists and the curious.
Led by artists Laura Lima, Ernesto Neto, and Marcio Botnia, A Gentil Carioca was born to capture and disseminate the diversity of art in Brazil to an international audience. Believing that every work of art is a cultural melting pot with the power to radiate culture and education, A Gentil Carioca exists to support thinking, doing, documenting, and changing history. It is a place to revitalize contexts, whether artistic or political.