Rosa Berardo and Romeo Gongora, Preto Velho, 2013, film still, Canada-Brazil
Performers: Almir de Amorim, Isabela Evangelista Mendes, Rubens Costa.
Courtesy Laura Mars Grp.
"I can join, add, relate things that traditionally and officially authorities present as differentiated in the extreme. Everything here joins and becomes syncretic, revealing perhaps that, in the supernatural, nothing is impossible."
(Roberto Da Matta, "Os caminhos para Deus", 1984)
The exhibition consists in photographs and two video work (a documentary and a fiction film). The documentary film show an Umbanda ritual, a Brazilian religion that blends African religions with Catholicism. The fiction film presents in tableaux-vivants, inspired by 19 century brazilian colonial watercolors, the story of an old slave who died for unjust indictment. These works are made in collaboration with Rosa Berardo, a Brazilian film director.
Romeo Gongora (Canada/Guatemala) is a visual artist active internationally. His work explore the questions of representation and the perception of difference. In 2005 he completed a Master's degree in visual and media art at UQAM. He is the recipient of several grants and has shown his work at the Kin Art Studio (Kinshasa), the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Galerie de l'UQAM (Montreal), Centre d'art contemporain OPTICA (Montreal), Centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie VU (Quebec City), Gallery 44 (Toronto) and Centre de photographies actuelles DAZIBAO (Montreal), among others. Recently, he was invited to work at Aux Recollets (Paris), Centro de la Imagen (Mexico City) and at Centre Culturel de Neumünster (Luxembourg). In 2007, he took up a two-year residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam) and, in 2009, he represented Canada as an artist in residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin).
Rosa Berardo (Brazil), Ph.D. in cinema by Sorbonne, France and Post-Ph.D. by University of Quebec in Montreal, has a long way in the audio-visual area and Cultural Studies by directing many documentary films about ethnical groups and popular cultures, attending several cinema festivals in Brazil and abroad as manager in Locarno, Clermont Ferrant, Serra da Estrela /PT, Barcelona - Spain, and also as jury, in Portugal and in Brazil. In the photography field she produced a series of national and international exhibitions. Her name is reported in the Women's Virtual Library (www.bibliotecavirtual.com.br) as one of the Brazilian female artists that most distinguished herself in arts in the last years. In July, 2007 she was honored with the highest cultural field decoration in the State of Goiás: the Anhanguera Badge, given by the Governor's own hands, Alcides Rodrigues, in the city of Goiás.
Opening: Friday, 16th of August from 8 pm