Opening | “Animattack”, solo show by Bruno Vilela

(Recife, Brazil)

The gallery Amparo 60 holds the exhibition “Animattack”, by artist Bruno Vilela. The show, curated by Moacir dos Anjos, comprises 15 drawings and one painting, brand new in Recife, made by the artist between 2012 and 2014. On the opening night the artist is also launching a homonym book, with studies and artworks from the series and words by the curator.

These new works relate in many ways to the artist’s previous productions, whether through techniques, dry pastel (in between drawing and painting) and paper, by the unfolding of his studies on anatomy, whether through mystic, eastern references, and studies the artist has developed about the unconscious in psychology and psychoanalysis.

The exhibition title is a word formed by other two: Anima and Attack. The artist was inspired by the term Anima, proposed by Carl Jung, who sees it as a sort of goddess, a metaphor for this spirit that represents the male unconscious. Through this perspective, the figures of Mother Goddess, sorcerers, witches and saints, present in hundred civilizations for ages, in several religions.

This entity works as a guide, a spirit orienting a warrior in the woods, or as a scary witch, a symbol of the loved woman and the mother in a lost childhood. “Whenever it appears, surrounded by fog, like a spectrum, a shadow, it brings a lot of fear, panic to the man, who soon runs away from her. It is the wild, feminine side of the male soul. Thus attack, panic”, the artist explains.

According to Vilela, the word panic comes from Pan, a greek mythology character that tries changing, deepening and crossing man’s secret unconscious territory. “One must defeat Pan and Anima works as a guide, like Hermes, Exu or Mercury. She is a priestess, an oracle, the first ancestor, the meaning of life”, he elaborates.

For Bruno Vilela, the main idea to understand in his work is one’s personal mythology. “We are afraid of the unknown. What reoccurs in my work is the search for the unknown, for deepening the unconscious, studies on ancient mythologies, lost and forgotten. It is the opposite of dark. Dark is the sight from a cave, from a comfort zone. I want to look “outside”, away from shadow and darkness. The “outside” look, into the depths of the unconscious, guided through personal mythology is an endless universe”, he concludes.

“Animattack”, solo show by Bruno Vilela
Curated by Moacir dos Anjos
Opening and book launching: 24th August, 7pm
On view through 30th October

Galeria Amparo 60
Visiting: Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm; Saturdays, 10am-2pm (with booking)
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