“Five Times Brazil” is the name of the exhibition on display on the third floor of the New Museum in New York. With five audiovisual works developed by the Brazilian Barbara Wagner and the German Benjamin de Burca, the exhibition seeks to portray fragments of Brazil’s turbulent sociopolitical moment based on artistic expressions in the North and Northeast regions of the country.
The video installations produced by Barbara and Benjamin, who live between Recife and Berlin and have been working together for a decade, feature collaboration with non-actors and the elaboration of the script together with the protagonists of the portrayed story.
Coletivo Banzeiros, a theater group of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), stars in the production “Fala da terra”. “For us, militant subjects who work in this field of art, ‘Fala da terra’ has a very large symbology,” he said. to the MST Banzeiros member Kananda Rocha Xavier.
The work, describes Kananda, comes to “give a voice to the people who are the protagonists of the struggle and resistance in the southeast of Pará, in the Amazon region. rights, for land and healthy food”, he says.
The theater group emerged in 2016 in the Amazon region, from the Landless Youth Pedagogical Camp. The MST meeting takes place every year in this place known as the S curve, in Pará. It was there that, in 1996, the Eldorado do Carajás Massacre took place.
The show opens at a time when the world is shocked by the symptomatic and brutal murder of indigenist Bruno Pereira and British journalist Dom Phillips. the newly released Yearbook of the Brazilian Forum on Public Security it also indicates that if homicides decreased in general in the country, in the Amazon they increased.
Soon in Brazil
The “Five Times Brazil” is composed of the works “Faz que vai” (2015), which, based on four dancers, addresses the relationship between tradition and contemporary frevo practices; “It’s seeing things” (2016), about brega music from Recife; “Terremoto santo” (2017), which delves into gospel music made by young people in the interior of Pernambuco; “Swinguerra” (2019), which follows dance competitions around Recife; and the most recent “Fala da terra” (2022), with the MST.
The exhibition continues until October 16, but those who are not in the United States can also access the show, which is scheduled to be shown in São Paulo between August 26 and 30, at the São Paulo Art Museum Assis Chateaubriand ( MASP), as part of the exhibition “Brazilian Stories”.
Editing: Thalita Pires