The Annotations series was born after the CASA B Artist-in-residence project, at the Bispo do Rosário Contemporary Art Museum, where besides having a deep contact with Arthur Bispo do Rosário's artistic production, who always dealt with the precariousness and the lack of "noble" art materials, since his artistic production happened during the several decades in which he was an intern in a psychiatric asylum, and nevertheless produced a body of works of high impact and poetic power, Fábio Carvalho had to deal himself with the fact that he did not have a wide range of materials to work with too, as he is usually accustomed to in his studio.
After this experience, the artist, although back to his studio, decided to provoke himself to go further and make the shortage of materials a constituent part of the discourse of a new set of works, and to think and create simpler works, with less materials, only pieces of fabric, which had to be mended to have a good size to work with, and simple embroidery, without resorting to appliques, beads, industrial patches, and the like. For the embroideries, the artist relied on drawings that he had been collecting for some years, but which had not yet found their way into Carvalho's works.
Fábio Carvalho artistic poetics lies precisely in the superposition and conflict between traditional elements of the feminine universe, in particular floral ornamental patterns, porcelain crockery, embroidery, among other so-called feminine activities, with stereotypes of masculinity such as the soldier, the weightlifter, the cowboy, etc.
As in all Carvalho's production, the artist seeks to question the common sense that strength and fragility, virility and poetry, masculinity and vulnerability cannot coexist, proposing a discussion on gender identity stereotypes.