“Estás Vendo Coisas”, 2017, 4k, color, sound, 16 min

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca present a solo show in the US: “Five Times Brazil”

(New York, NY)

Bárbara Wagner, winner of PIPA 2017, and Benjamin de Burca present their first solo show in the USA: “Five Times Brazil”, at the New Museum, in New York. The exhibition will be available from June 30th to October 16th, 2022.

Installed on the Third Floor, the show will focus on five projects developed by the artists: Faz que vai [Set to Go] (2015) focuses on four dancers whose practices complicate the relationship between traditional and contemporary frevo in northeast Brazil; Estás vendo coisas [You are seeing things] (2016) delves into the landscape of Brega music in Recife; Terremoto Santo [Holy Tremor] (2017) turns to gospel produced and performed by young preachers, singers, and composers in rural Pernambuco; Swinguerra (2019), commissioned for the Brazilian Pavilion in the 58th Venice Biennale, looks into dance competitions in the outskirts of Recife; and a new piece, Fala da Terra [Voice of the Land] (2022) features the practice of Coletivo Banzeiros, a theater group composed of members of the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (Landless Workers’ Movement)—an organization that has been fighting for land reform and against social inequities affecting rural workers in Brazil for forty years. Together, the works in the exhibition highlight the strength and complexity of artistic expression, and demonstrate how culture can offer profound sources of resistance and community. Wanger and De Burca produce films and video installations that feature protagonists engaged in cultural production.

“Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca: Five Times Brazil” is curated by Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Curator, and Bernardo Mosqueira, ISLAA Curatorial Fellow, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by the New Museum. The catalogue includes a conversation between the artists and Margot Norton; and texts by Vivian Crockett, Bernardo Mosqueira, and Wendelien van Oldenborgh.

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