(A Paixão de JL, Carlos Nader, Brazil, 2015. In Portuguese with English subtitles. U.S. Premiere)
Co-organized by Americas Society, Cinema Tropical and the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School.
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JL's Passion (A Paixao de JL) by Carlos Nader is a documentary about the Brazilian artist José Leonilson. In 1990, Leonilson began to record an audio diary on tape cassettes about his emotions, daily life, and events taking place in Brazil and around the world. Over time, the recordings came to hold a new urgency when Leonilson learns that he is HIV positive.
This film is presented in the context of Americas Society’s exhibition “José Leonilson: Empty Man.” (on view through February 3, 2018), the first U.S. solo exhibition of this key Brazilian artist. Focusing on Leonilson’s production as a mature artist, the show features approximately fifty paintings, drawings, and intimate embroideries made between the mid-1980s until 1993, when the artist died of AIDS.