Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Estas Vendo Coisas / You Are Seeing Things, 2016, video still

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca present three videos about Brazilian culture abroad

(Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Frevo, “brega” and Brazilian gospel music are the new cultural aspects from the northeastern Brazil that are being presented in Amsterdam. Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca show until June 16th a video triptych at the Stedelijk Museum under the title YOU ARE SEEING THINGS: Faz Que vai / Set To Go (2015), Estás Vendo Coisas / You Are Seeing Things (2016) and Terremoto Santo / Holy Tremor (2017).

As a window to Latin culture, the films – a mixture of fiction and documentary – show music, dialogue and dance that represent Brazilian popular culture between ‘class, gender, race, religion and economy’. Mostly descendent of Africans, the northeastern population mixtures traditional African cultural elements – such as capoeira –  with mainstream commercial products.

Municipal curator Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen says: “In the light of the current political climate in Brazil, the work of Wagner & De Burca receives an unexpected urgency. The policy of the new government has far-reaching consequences for the position of people of colour, favela residents, LGBT people and other vulnerable groups. Wagner & De Burca’s work focuses on the culture of precisely these people – it is created in close collaboration with these groups. ”

This year, Bárbara Wagner (2017 PIPA Prize winner) and Benjamin de Burca are the Brazilian entry to Venice Biennale.

YOU ARE SEEING THINGS, individual of the duo Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca
Curated by Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen
From March 16th to June 16th, 2019

Stedelijk Museum
Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Opening hours: Daily, 10 am – 6 pm; Friday: 10 am – 10 pm



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