Berlin Grimmuseum presents, from November 19th to December 17th, the group show “Wasp and Orchid”, with the artists Alexandre Sequeira, Armando Queiroz, Bruna Raffaella Ferrer, Carlos Mélo, Francisco Klinger Carvalho, Jonathas de Andrade, Katerina Valdivia Bruch, Luciana Magno, Márcio Almeida, María Linares, Martin Juef and Solon Ribeiro. The exhibiton is curated by Martin Juef.
The arts exhibition Marimbondo e Orquídea / Wasp and Orchid at the Berlin Grimmuseum is part of a German-Brazilian cooperative project which was produced at the Casa de Estudos Germânicos, the German Studies Centre at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) in Belém, state of Pará. The project consists of altogether four exhibitions, three in Brazil, where ten artists from Berlin and nine artists from the cities of Belém, Fortaleza and Recife are interrelated with each other in different constellations. The project title refers to the renowned text “Rhizome”, written by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, in which the authors describe the contact between different realms of experience as a possibility for mutual complementation and fertile combinations.
Originating in Belém, the project was specifically conceptualized for the North and Northeast regions of Brazil. There, the colonial inheritance can still be perceived, especially if compared to other regions in the country. Characterized for many years by its rural exodus and migration to the Southern cities, the Northeast is considered the poorhouse of Brazil, with its soils devastated by monoculture. The North, by contrast, due to its resourceful rain forest, continues to be a focus of interest both nationally and internationally. At the same time, its expanding cities are increasingly becoming migration targets for the Northeastern population. And whereas Northeastern Brazil is only slowly recuperating from colonial misuse, in the Amazonian lowlands of the North the economic exploitation of nature and—subsequently—environmental damage and social conflicts are in progress. Processes characterizing both regions, such as expulsion of the rural population, expansion of urban poor areas and the omnipresent violence are reflected in the works of the Brazilian artists.
After the exhibitions in Belém and Fortaleza, the one in the Grimmuseum presents the works of art of the nine Brazilian artists. These are complemented by contributions of two of the project participants from Berlin. One of the artworks contributed was created in one of the three workshops that took place during the exhibition periods in Brazil. Being the result of direct artistic exchange and contact with local people, this contribution refers, in a representative way, to the exhibition in Recife that will occur in 2017 and by which the project will be concluded.
The cooperating partners of the project are: Museu Casa das Onze Janelas in Belém, Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Ceará – Dragão do Mar in Fortaleza, MAMAM in Recife, Casa de Estudos Germânicos / DAAD in Belém, Casa de Cultura Alemã / DAAD in Fortaleza, Centro Cultural Brasil-Alemanha (CCBA) in Recife, Goethe Institute of Salvador da Bahia and Grimmuseum in Berlin.
“Wasp and Orchid”, group show with Alexandre Sequeira, Armando Queiroz, Bruna Raffaella Ferrer, Carlos Mélo, Francisco Klinger Carvalho, Jonathas de Andrade, Katerina Valdivia Bruch, Luciana Magno, Márcio Almeida, María Linares, Martin Juef and Solon Ribeiro
Curated by Martin Juef
Opening | November 19th, 7 pm
Exhibition | November 23rd – December 17th
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