X Museum, in Beijing, China, presents ‘Antonio Obá: Fables’ , the first solo exhibition in Asia by Antonio Obá. From December 19th, 2021 until March 20th, 2022, the exhibition showcases a body of works, including oil on canvas, ink on paper and installation, which illuminate the artist’s ongoing exploration of colonial history and identity.
The artwork of Antonio Obá investigates the relationships and contradictions within Brazil’s cultural heritage. Taking ethnic prejudice, religiosity, eroticism, and family memories as clues, Obá’s most recent practice revisits and reflects on landmark events in Brazilian history and culture, such as colonial implications. In exploring the tensions between colonial history and personal identity, the body is the central subject for Antonio Obá’s practice; the inquiries into the body pervades the multiple mediums of the artist’s work. He exhibits the evidence of the body, either figurative or subliminal, in a narrative demarcated by rituals and prohibitions, histories and traditions. Obá focuses on the miscegenated, black body — the body that was exploited, abused and overlooked by colonialism.