[A] LA FLEUR DE LA PEAU, Paulo Nazareth’s latest exhibition, evokes the abyss metaphor suggested by Martiniquais writer Édouard Glissant in Poetics of Relations. The image of the ship operates as a place of exile for Black bodies on the way to the unknown. The first abyss is experienced when entering the ship. The second is the sea crossing. Great Kalunga. The third abyss is the inverted image of glimpses of memory where new roots are laid through networks of learning. Rhizome. The shared knowledge of an experience of meandering exile, where every identity is extended through a relationship with the Other.
Nazareth also becomes art materiality and immateriality. Transit between worlds. Transit between times. The act of travelling and handing out pamphlets reasserts the place of aesthetical conduct: expanded performance, generational event. Selling homemade soap made with chicken fat, sugar, lime, avocado, urucum. Distributing pamphlets-cards-leaflets for dentists, healthcare plans, Candomblé houses in Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais). All work activities that the artist has performed in the past.
[A] LA FLEUR DE LA PEAU, solo show by Paulo Nazareth
From April 24th to June 1st 2019
Mendes Wood DM Brussels
Rue des Sablons 13, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Working hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 7pm