Antonio Obá presents new works in Belgium

(Brussels, Belgium)

Mendes Wood DM galery in Brussels, Belgium, presents until June 6th, 2021, Outros Ofícios, an exhibition with work by Antonio Obá. Taking over both floors of the gallery, the exhibition is composed of new works on canvas and on paper, all made between 2020 and 2021.

“While Obá’s work on canvas is visually alluring in color and subject matter, each composition carries with it a rich tapestry of allegory, metaphor and historical reference that begs to be deciphered. Obá’s compositions draw on a vast pantheon of sources, from personal family photographs and archival images of historical events, to popular culture, myth and legend. He succeeds in cross-pollinating a wealth of symbolism drawn from the Western Judeo-Christian religious tradition with mystical elements of the syncretic religious systems that developed in Brazil and South America, a result of the influx of large numbers of African enslaved people who were trafficked there by the colonial powers. These African diasporic religions, such as Candomblé, Voudou and Santeria, blend the Christian imagery of the colonizers with the African religious practices brought across the ocean to the New World”, according to the exhibition´s release.

Unexpected associations such as these constitute a way for Obá to address topics such as racial politics, political corruption, colonialism and slavery, as well as questions of belonging, religion and spirituality. By stripping the original function of objects of oppression, the artist subverts history and restores agency and power to the subjects of these drawings.

Outros Ofícios, solo exhibition with Antonio Obá
Opened until June 6th, 2021

Mendes Wood DM Brussels
13 Rue des Sablons / Zavelstraat
1000 Brussels Belgium
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