Entre Terra e Mar. Between Earth and Sea. Transatlantic Art

An exhibition with the artists Ayrson Heráclito (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil) and Rigo 23 (Madeira, Portugal and Los Angeles, USA)

Opening: Wednesday, 11th October, 7pm

The Weltkulturen Museum is presenting contemporary interventions and works fusing the political and lyrical by the internationally renowned artists Ayrson Heráclito and Rigo 23. The exhibition is the culmination of the museum’s many years of activities and research investigating the Afro-Brazilian and indigenous aspects of Brazil’s art and culture, and it provides a new impetus in present perceptions of transatlantic art processes between Africa, Europe and America. This is especially evident in the artists’ encounters with objects from the museum’s South America and Africa collections. Their selection of objects, which are also on show in the exhibition, offers a fascinating insight into their own concerns and interests.

In large-scale installations, video works, photography, sculptures and performances, both artists address and explore the power of historical events from the era of slavery and colonial rule – a power once emanating from Europe and still invisibly resonating today. Even now, a transatlantic, transtemporal ‘betweenness’ forces the descendants of American slaves in the diaspora as well as the indigenous Guaraní peoples in South America’s conurbations into a life in transit. Using participative methods, Rigo 23 realises art projects with the Guaraní  in South America. The transformative quality of these works developed in dialogue reflect the Guaraní’s creativity and spirituality, and are informed by a strong political message. These are works testifying to how ‘marginalised peoples’ always were and still are actors with their own agency. Ayrson Heráclito connects his art with the aesthetics of urban Afro-Brazilian culture and religion, which he reads as expressing, on the one hand, a form of resistance and, on the other, the self-assertion and preservation of the culture of the slaves.

Both artists highlight how art and culture – and in particular the moment of transformation – empower life (and survival) in transit. This view of the world from Frankfurt gives world politics past and present a visible form on the local level.

The exhibition is supplemented by loans from the Museu Coleção Berardo (Lisbon), the Galeria Tapeçarias de Portalegre (Lisbon) and from the private collections of both artists.

The exhibition idea and design was developed in a process of dialogue between the curators and anthropologists Dr. Mona Suhrbier (curator Americas, Weltkulturen Museum) and Dr. Jane de Hohenstein (Salvador de Bahia, Brazil) and the two artists.

€7 / reduced €3.50
Under 18s free admission!
Tues-Sun, 11am–6pm and Wed, 11am–8pm
Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 29, 60594 Frankfurt am Main

A richly illustrated accompanying publication with new essays and articles by Julia Friedel, Jane de Hohenstein, Arno Holl, Wera Mirim (Renato da Silva), Marcello Moreira, Alice Pawlik and Mona Suhrbier, as well as interviews with Ayrson Heráclito and Rigo 23 is published by Kerber Verlag in English and German.


With the kind support of:





Bernhard and Elisabeth Durschlag

Thursday, 12. October 2017 - 11:00 to Sunday, 26. August 2018 - 18:00
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