The struggle between nature and civilization guides “Um piano na selva”

(Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

If Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982) were to be summed up in one image, it might as well be that of the piano lost in the jungle, an idea that seems completely out of place. The scene titles “Um piano na selva” [A piano in the jungle], which opens this Saturday, March 11th, at Periscópio Arte Contemporânea. Curated by Germano Dushá, the group show features works by 14 artists, half of whom have run for PIPA Prize: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Daniel de Paula, Deyson Gilbert, Lais Myrrha, Pedro Motta, Rafael RG e Rodrigo Braga.

Even though Fitzcarraldo was the main inspiration behind the exhibition, there are no literal connections between Herzog’s movie and the works being showcased, according to Dushá: “There are no drawings representing the characters, or paintings inspired by certain scenes, although the movie really relates, in a way, to the creation process of many of the artworks,” he says. “Our greatest desire was to talk about the crazy dream, the quest, the enterprise.”

He goes on by saying that there are certain aspects of the show that criticize the genocidal colonial project, which tends to destroy native peoples’ traditions in the name of a certain idea of progress. “The pieces address the encounter between the scholarly and the natural; the exploitation of natural resources and the wilderness; the academical thought and the primal instincts,” concludes the curator.


“Um Piano na Selva”, coletiva com Bruno Palazzo, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Daniel de Paula, Deyson Gilbert, Fábio Tremonte, Janaina Wagner, Lais Myrrha, Paula Sampaio, Pedro Motta, Rafael RG, Renata De Bonis, Ricardo Carioba, Rodrigo Braga e Maria Thereza Alves
Curadoria de Germano Dushá
Em cartaz de 11 de março a 22 de abril de 2017
Abertura: Sábado, 11 de março, de 13h às 19h

Periscópio Arte Contemporânea
Av. Álvares Cabral, 534 – Lourdes
Funcionamento: seg – sex, 10h às 18h30; sáb, 10h às 14h

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