Marmites (Artist Edition 250 copies + signed)


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250 original marmites boxes bought in Brazil, 5 colours, original aluminium metal, White, Orange, Blue and Red : 5×50 of each! the book is insinde a box with a flyer and a sticker on the back of the box.

Edu SIMOÈS. Marmites.

Paris, Editions Bessard, 2018.

Volume 150 x 85 mm reliure éditeur illustrée, boîte métallique, 36 p. + une carte imprimée.

Edition originale tirée à 250 exemplaires numérotés et signés par Edu Simoès.

Texte et 20 photographies en couleurs d’Edu Simoès.

Gastronomy for a hard day’s work
Since 2004, I have visited several construction sites
in São Paulo. When I arrive, I ask the workers for their permission to photograph their “marmitas” (packed lunches.)
Even though they’re hungry, most of them patiently give
me their permission.
It’s lunch time and, as is the custom in Brazil, each worker has left his home very early in the morning carrying
his marmita.
Generally, these meals are prepared by mothers or wives.
Let ́s supose that, by getting up at the crack of dawn
to prepare this meal, these women establish a very special communication with the other. An affective and effective nurturing.
It’s common knowledge that these packed lunches all carry rice and black beans at the bottom, even if you can’t see them. On top of this base, there is a “hierarchy of sustenance” to be added, in other words, a hierarchy of proteins.
When a worker opens his marmita before the group
and shows that he brought meat, that means his financial situation is very good. On the other hand, if he’s brought chicken giblets or pig entrails, his financial situation
is merely alright.
However, if the worker’s brought fried eggs in his marmita, that means he is struggling to make ends meet.
In the assembling of each marmita is the expectation that this small container will satisfy the hunger of its owner. And it does.
In the assembling of each marmita is a bet on another day’s hard work.
edu Simões

Published by Éditions Bessard 2018
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Copyright 2018 by Artist and Éditions Bessard.
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic
or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. All works of art copyright the artists, their heirs and assigns.
Covers credits : © Edu Simões
Editor/Author : © Edu Simões
Text : © Edu Simões
Design graphic : © Cyrielle Molard
Typeface : Ofissina, a typography inspired in brazilian popular lettering, 2018 by Jonas Melo – creative commons Artistic advisor : © Pierre Bessard
Limited edition of 250 copies. ISBN 979-10-91406-69-7

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