During the month of August, the online platform KINOSCOPE makes available to the public the video Rasga Mortalha, by Thiago Martins de Melo, together with the critical text by the curator Germano Dushá. The animation film comes from the legend of the owl “Suindara” – much told in the folklore of the North and Northeast of Brazil – to address the socio-political urgencies of the country. It is believed that the appearance of its white figure, followed by the wild cry – which resembles the sound of a cloth being torn in half – carries with it the sign of death. As a metaphorical vector for thinking, and also transcending, a fatalistic view of Brazilian history, the artist uses this popular tradition to cross centuries of public events with memories, references and personal imaginations, creating a charged and sharp narrative.
Click here to watch the film and to read the critical text.
KINOSCOPE is a new online channel which presents contemporary art productions connected to experimental audiovisual. It is an initiative by the artist Beto Shwafaty and it was awarded in 2020 by the Programa de Auxílio Emergencial Edital Proac Lab with resources from the Aldir Blanc Federal Law.
Thiago Martins de Melo
Stop motion film
HD, 16:9,13:50 min, color, sound