Délio Jasse, Pontus
Pontus is the second solo exhibition by Délio Jasse at Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos. The artist presents a set of photographs serving as way to reflect upon current Luanda, a converging site for several human and cultural fluxes, of which coexistence helps to redefine nowadays Angolan urban and human landscapes.
Délio Jasse's reflexion concerns the latest immigration movements - mostly Chinese - presently taking place in Luanda, confronted with the reevaluation the memory of Portuguese former colonial presence in Angola. Pontus, as defined by the artist, based on etymological and historical meanings of the word, is an almost-archetypical form of confluence: a kind of entanglement, strategic or spontaneous, of diverse human presence, often of radically divergent ways, leading to an inevitable cultural negotiation. From the coincidences and contradictions between these two mismatching periods found in Luanda, stems the parallelism of foreign impression over the country and the way it arouses and redefines old colonial specters and yet existing tensions.
To the photographic technique peculiar to the artist, of a somehow monotypical nature, Délio Jasse adds, by means of pictorial interventions over stills of spontaneous moments, urban landscapes and portraits, color elements with which he guides the viewer's attention. This kind of direct action over photography refers to ancient procedures, capturing through the technical and laboratorial nature of the medium the way it enables to posterior retouching and other manipulation.
After Schengen, in 2010, Pontus is Délio Jasse's second solo exhibition at Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos.
Délio Jasse (1980, Luanda, Angola) lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
Having won in 2009 the Anteciparte Award, exhibited his work at the Museu do Oriente, in Lisbon. Exhibiting regularly since 2006, the following solo exhibitions are highlighted: Schegen, Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos, Lisbon; Identidade, Causas e Efeitos, Arte Contempo, Lisbon, Portugal (2010); as well the the group exhibitions: Bamako Encounters: Pan-African Photography, Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium; Paisagem Humana#15, BES Arte & Finança, Lisbon, Portugal, both in 2012; the participation at Bamako's Biennial, Mali; Parasol Project, at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian's gardens; Arte Lusófona Contemporânea, Galeria Marta Traba, São Paulo, Brazil; Idioma Comum: Artistas da CPLP na Colecção Fundação PLMJ, Lisbon, Portugal (2011); A Museum is to Art what a great Translator is to a Writer, Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos, Lisbon, Portugal; participation at Luanda's Triennial, Angola; Vestígios, Pavilhão 27, in Lisbon, Portugal (2010); INPUT, at the Museu Nacional de História Natural (SIEXPO), in Luanda, Angola; Construção e Desconstrução, Cardaes Convent, Lisbon, Portugal, in 2008.
Délio Jasse work is featured in private and public collections, both Portuguese and Angolan, such as the BES Collection, Fundação PLMJ, in Portugal, and Sindika Dokola in Luanda, Angola.
Opening: September 26th. 2012, 10 p.m.