Pjota embarks on dreamlike and hallucinatory compositions on ‘Na Boca do Sol’

(New York, USA)

Mendes Wood DM presents from January 27th to March 2nd, 2024, Na Boca do Sol, new solo show by Paulo Nimer Pjota. Resuming the act of sampling and remixing akin to hip-hop, the exhibition’s title refers to an eponymous 1972 Arthur Verocai song, fragments from which have frequently been sampled in iconic pieces of international and Brazilian rap music. Its lyrics offer a biographical account of the nostalgia of being born and raised in a provincial town and are enriched by a sunlit force that lends itself to sublime fabulation.  

Pjota’s main questions revolve around the inefficiency of hierarchical knowledges that segregate elite and popular cultural expressions throughout history. The artist adopts an oblique gaze that connects different temporalities, equating artistic manifestations of counterculture movements − such as stickers, tattoos, and kindergarten drawings − with pre-Columbian and Greek vases, highly respected by academia and untouchable by museum standards.

His work recalls that many of the songs perceived today as historical chants originated in informal gatherings (as in Jardim de faunos, 2023); and that the division between contemplation, function, and devotion did not exist in the production of objects considered today as archaeological; and that the discriminatory devices imposed by colonialism remain active in a vicious cycle separating these cultural radiating nuclei into an aseptic artificiality. To remix history is to rebel against the hegemonic and violent cultural system, defending an inevitable contamination of time, history, and image by the confrontation between symbols, spiritualities, and cultural expressions. 

Na Boca do Sol
From January 27th to March 2nd, 2024

Mendes Wood DM
47 Walker Street, 10013 Nova York EUA
Tue – Sat, 10 am to 6 pm

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