Elim Dutra
Elim Dutra - Sculpture

From: 21-10-2007 To: 20-11-2007
 
Zamalek Art Gallery Exhibitions for the artist:
Elim Dutra - Sculpture 21-10-2007
For the Fifth consecutive year Zamalek Art Gallery presents an exclusive Collection of paintings and sculptures for the most prominent artists

This is not a traditional hobby among diplomats. Stone cutting is not one of those things that come to your mind after a day of negotiations or a trade agreement preparatory meeting. However Elim Dutra is not a traditional diplomat..." I discovered my passion for sculpture while I was preparing for my diplomatic career. I decided to have both as independent professions. Dutra does not consider sculpture as a hobby. It is an integral part (consummating) profession to which he devotes his time and effort whenever possible.

He exhibits his works in Brazil and abroad, and has his own gallery in Brazil." I may not be always able to devote enough time for sculpture but I work on weekends and holidays. No one has all the needed time, but I allocate whatever time possible for artistic work".

Sometimes the Brazilian diplomat is able to allocate time for his work to concentrate on his second profession. Last year for instance, the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations allowed him a holiday to participate in the Aswan International Symposium of Sculpture with a huge work. However, amidst his work, he was suddenly recalled for an urgent mission to whom he could only acquiesce." I went and returned as soon as possible to complete my sculpture. I had to work every day from 8 am to 8 pm to finish my work. The sculpture, weighing 19 tons, now stands on a hilltop overlooking the Nile in an open-air museum in Aswan."

Does he think art integrates or contradicts with diplomacy? Dutra replies with an artist's frankness "Diplomacy, as the saying goes, is an art. It is work based on negotiations and dealing with others. Art is strictly personal. The artistic piece that you create is at your finger tips; it does not need negotiations with others to create it in a certain shape. Moreover, art breeds modesty. Art is our only legacy. Look at Naguib Mahfouz, for instance, he has passed away but his books remain with us. Art is something strong and continuous".

The works that Dutra makes have a strong dramatic effect in spite of a clearly abstract tendency. Some of them resemble the totems derived from Brazilian heritage, others have human traits, but all enjoy distinct symmetry similar to the symmetry in natural formations as well as that of the human body. The assistants, working with him in Aswan on the huge stone piece, were unable to visualize it except as a human form. They named it ZAIIM (THE LEADER) in spite of its being devoid of human features; it appears strong, commanding, and stable in its opinions and knowing what it wants.

Nabil Shawkat

Le mal de l’art

Lorsqu’on est mordu d’art et plus spcialement de sculpture, on ne peut que s’y laisser prendre, tout comme l’appel de la sirne dont on ne peut, en aucun cas, se soustraire quitte perdre sa vie. Ils sont des milliers travers le monde qui, sans savoir pourquoi, ont consacr leur vie l’art. Et il y en a d’autres encore plus nombreux, qui n’ont pu s’y consacrer entirement pour diverses raisons et ne cessent de jongler sur une corde raide pour rpondre leur passion. Est-ce un mal ?

Il suffit de discuter avec S. E.M. Elim Dutra , ambassadeur du Brsil au Caire , pour comprendre que l’art pour lui n’est pas un passe-temps qu’il pratique ses temps perdus mais qu’il l’habite, le remplit de joie de vivre et de surcrot contamine les personnes qui s’en approchent. Est-ce d son pays le Brsil, la ville d’Assouan o je l’ai rencontr pour la premire fois durant le Symposium de Sculpture ou encore et tout srement au travail du granit ? Une pierre qui ne ressemble nulle autre. Celle des rois !

Mais sculpter, dans de diffrents matriaux, est une envie gloutonne qu’il mne avec frnsie comme s’il n’avait rien d’autre faire dans la vie. Il le dit lui-mme : J’ai toujours eu deux carrires parfaitement spares. J’ai fait en sorte que les diplomates ne m’appellent pas artiste et que les artistes ne fassent pas le contraire.

D’une simplicit surprenante,- l’art n’est –il pas ce qui dilue les diffrences et les ingalits ?-, il communique une passion et une spontanit extraordinaires. Et pourtant son mtier est fait de compromis, de retenue et de sang-froid. Toutefois, paradoxalement, c’est travers la sculpture qu’il comprend mieux le monde des hommes. Avec la sculpture, la vie apparat comme quelque chose de plus profond, de plus intressant ; et ceci m’quilibre et me rend sage en tant que diplomate, affirme cet homme qui se consacre la sculpture le soir, les fins de semaine et durant les vacances. Nanmoins, son norme sculpture intitule Le Boss, Chef de Ttribu ou Patron qu’il a ralis au Symposium d’Assouan en 2006 et qui, malheureusement est trop grande pour figurer lors de cette nouvelle exposition, est une sorte de clin d’œil ironique qui avec distance relie ses deux mondes en se moquant de lui-mme et des autres. N’est-ce pas l cette sagesse dont il parle ?

Soheir Fahmi

 

 
Exhibition Collection:
All Collection   I   Available
ED005
Elim Dutra
The Knight
2007
Granite - 90x50x30 cm
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ED012
Elim Dutra
The Lady of the Nile
2003
Amazonic Mahogany Wood - 36x48x32 cm
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ED001
Elim Dutra
Kurumin
2007
Granite - 40x35x30 cm
Available
ED002
Elim Dutra
The Bull
2007
Granite - 37x50x30 cm
Private Acquisitions
ED003
Elim Dutra
Horus
2007
Granite - 57x45x30 cm
Private Acquisitions
ED004
Elim Dutra
The Lady
2007
Granite - 40x50x33 cm
Private Acquisitions
ED006
Elim Dutra
The Guard
2007
Granite - 80x50x30 cm
Available
ED007
Elim Dutra
Al Zaiim
2007
Granite - 100x37x34 cm
Available
ED008
Elim Dutra
Aswan
2007
Granite - 90x34x10 cm
Private Acquisitions
ED009
Elim Dutra
The Teacher
2007
Granite - 94x57x36 cm
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ED011
Elim Dutra
Lying Figure
2000
Nigerian Mahogany Wood - 35x30x27 cm
Private Acquisitions
ED015
Elim Dutra
Kurumin
2001
Brazil Wood - 40x23x29 cm
Private Acquisitions
ED016
Elim Dutra
Meteorite
1995
Brazil Wood - 37x36x29 cm
Private Acquisitions
ED017
Elim Dutra
Kacike
1998
Lilac Brazli Wood - 47x36x32 cm
Available
ED018
Elim Dutra
Al Zipa
1999
Goncalo Alves Wood - 68x29x26 cm
Available
ED019
Elim Dutra
The Boss
2003
Lilac Brazli Wood & Metal - 70x35x30 cm
Available
ED020
Elim Dutra
Shogum
2002
Brazil Wood - 84x27x24 cm
Available
ED021
Elim Dutra
Totem
1999
Brazil Wood - 92x20x17 cm
Private Acquisitions
ED022
Elim Dutra
Totem
1999
Brazil Wood - 91x19x17 cm
Private Acquisitions
ED023
Elim Dutra
Totem
1999
Brazil Wood - 90x22x18 cm
Private Acquisitions
   
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