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

Exhibition dates
12th October 2017 – 26th August 2018

The Weltkulturen Museum presents contemporary interventions and works fusing the political and lyrical by the artists Ayrson Heráclito (Participant of the 57th Venice Biennial 2017 and of the exhibition “(Comunal Land) Marina Abramovic + MAI” 2015 in São Paulo) and Rigo 23 (Participant of the Folkestone Triennal in England and of the exhibition “Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas” at UC Riverside, California, USA, 2017).
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. 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 is also on display, offers a fascinating insight into their own concerns and interests.

In large-scale installations, video works, photographs, 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. Even now these events affect the lives of the descendants of Afro-American slaves in the diaspora as well as indigenous Guaraní in South America’s conurbations. This transatlantic, transtemporal ‘betweenness’ forces them into a life in transit.
Using participative methods, Rigo 23 realises art projects with the Guaraní in Brazil, which reflect the Guaraní’s creativity and spirituality, and have 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 a form of resistance, self-assertion and preservation of the culture of the slaves. Both artists highlight how art and culture empower survival in transit. With their own individual focuses, Ayrson Heráclito and Rigo 23 explore issues raised by the marginalisation of others temporally and spatially. Their works are dedicated to historical sites testifying to hegemonic memories, and inequalities.

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

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

More information about the exhibtion here.
The events at the Weltkulturen Museum from October until December 2017 here.

Weltkulturen Museum, Schaumainkai 29, 60594 Frankfurt am Main


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