Histórias

Exposição Histórias Mestiças, Instituto Tomie Ohtake

The Instituto Tomie Ohtake recently opened their newest exhibition Histórias Mestiças, or Mestizo Histories. While the word history in English mostly refers to past, factual events, in Portuguese história has a more broad meaning to include both factual and fictional, public or personal accounts.

This exhibit is based on the notion that there are multiple histories that occur, not just a singular narrative. These histórias are shown through a variety of paintings, textiles, photographs, sculptures, historical documents and other objects. The organization of these objects is key: instead of being grouped by culture or time period, they are grouped by theme. There are seven in total: trails and maps, encounters and dis-encounters, masks and portraits, cosmologies and national emblems, rites and religions, work, weavings and graphic inscriptions. The result is seeing, for example, the myriad of ways work has occurred in Brazil, with torture devices used on slaves displayed next to indigenous peoples’ hunting tools.

Histórias Mestiças are marginal and subaltern, anthropophagic and post-colonial, multiple and inconstant, fractured and transversal histories; they are histories of flow and reflux, full of segregation, prejudice and discrimination. As we reestablish connections with other matrices, we rewrite histories of the past and propose new ones for the future.

-Adriano Pedrosa, curator

The exhibition runs from August 16 to October 5.

mesticas

Cosmologies and National Emblems

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Rites and Religions

Olodumaré; not a textile but actually an acrylic painting!

Oxumaré by Caetano de Almeida; not a textile but actually an acrylic painting!

Tanga or loincloth

Tanga or loincloth in Weavings

Slaves' shackles; presented in the Work section

Slaves’ shackles; presented in Work

Indigenous spatulas, used to flip over manioc cake.

Indigenous spatulas, used to flip over manioc cake.

Nego Bom (literally "Good Black") is a banana candy. With each numbered worker here, you learned their monthly salary, how many people were in their family and other info.

Nego Bom (literally “Good Black”) is a banana candy. With each numbered worker here, you learned their monthly salary, how many people were in their family and other info.

Each tube is labeled with a skin color.

Each tube is labeled with a skin color.

Retrato Silenciado (Silenced Portrait) by Dalton Paula. Notice their eyes are closed.

Retrato Silenciado (Silenced Portrait) by Dalton Paula. Notice their eyes are closed.

Part of the Masks and Portraits section.

Part of Masks and Portraits.

Slave's passport

Slave’s passport

Map of Brazil from 1565. The Rio de la Plata (which is southwest of Brazil, between Argentina and Uruguay) is labeled on the northwest part. The top portion is labeled Terra Non Descoberta, or Undiscovered Territory.

Map of Brazil from 1565. The Rio de la Plata (which is southwest of Brazil, between Argentina and Uruguay) is labeled on the northwest part. The top portion is labeled Terra Non Descoberta, or Undiscovered Territory.

Encounters and Dis-encounters section. The top row is a series of drawings by an indigenous artist. The second row is a series of paintings done by a European artist of indigenous Brazilians during colonial times. The last row is a series of photographs taken by a Swiss- Brazilian photographer during the 1980s when Brazil was taking measures to distribute vaccines. Because this particular tribe do not have any known names, they were given numbers for government records.

Encounters and Dis-encounters. The top row is a series of drawings by an indigenous artist. The second row is a series of paintings done by a European artist of indigenous Brazilians during colonial times. The last row is a series of photographs taken by a Swiss- Brazilian photographer during the 1980s when Brazil was taking measures to distribute vaccines. Because this particular tribe do not have any known names, they were given numbers for government records.

 

 

Brown Rhythm

Earlier this week the MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som) had singer/songwriter/composer Carlinhos Brown as a guest for their monthly series Notas Contemporâneas, where he discussed his career, axé music, and the background of specific songs, performed by a guest band. While the whole evening was great, my favorite moment was at one point where in the middle of the band playing a song, Brown suddenly got up from his chair and uncovered a dusty piano sitting in the far corner, nearly obscured from view. He decided to play a bit to accompany them, but given that it wasn’t mic’ed up, it didn’t add much. The next few songs he stuck to sitting with the moderator and fingering the chords as the band played.

But then another song came on that provoked him to get up, make his way through the band and varying instruments, and arrive at a drum sitting in the corner. He inched a microphone on a stand near it, crouched down in the back and played that drum.

Carlinhos Brown at MIS

Brown crouched way in the back.

Journalist Cadão Volpato moderated the event as Brown discussed Timbalada, Tribalistas, Carlitos Marrón and more.

Journalist Cadão Volpato moderated the event as Brown discussed Timbalada, Tribalistas, Carlitos Marrón and more.

Thanking everyone in the end. Afterwards he did an impromptu performance of "Verdade, Uma Ilusão" with just him on the keyboards.

Thanking everyone in the end. Afterwards he did an impromptu performance of “Verdade, Uma Ilusão” with just him on the keyboards.

Que Beleza

After eight (!) years, I finally returned to Rio de Janeiro. I have memories of me gawking in awe through the cab window during my first visit, and this time was no different. Rio is an enchanting city. Besides the well-documented beaches and favelas on the hills, there’s also so much green, so much beautiful flora coexisting with the historic architecture. And the views, whether they be from Pão de Açucar or a morro are spectacular. I even find the shh shh shh carioca accent charming.

I was worried that I would get too spoiled in Rio and end up resenting São Paulo, but fortunately that didn’t happen. Sampa doesn’t have the instant wonder and allure of Rio de Janeiro, but it has its own complex and interesting character that keeps me intrigued. Although I do wish the beach was just a metro ride away.

arcos da lapa

Arcos da Lapa

santa teresa

Santa Teresa

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Painting a mural in Santa Teresa

garota de ipanema

Rua Vinicius de Moraes, with the namesake’s most famous song.

tiê-sangue

The red bird is called a tiê-sangue.

Bar Astor - Ipanema

Bar Astor, Ipanema

pão de açúcar

View from Pão de Açúcar

ipanema

Ipanema on a Sunday

lapa

End of the Arcos

teatro municipal de rio de janeiro

Inside the Teatro Municipal

papayas - botafogo

Papaya growing on the hill in Botafogo

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Botafogo

monkey/macaco - pão de açucar

Monkey in Pão de Açucar

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MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio

rio16

MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio

Mirador da Paz - an elevator that connects Ipanema with Morro do Pavão. This is one view, facing the morro.

Mirador da Paz – an elevator that connects Ipanema with Morro do Pavão. This is one view, facing the morro.

View from the other side, facing Ipanema beach.

View from the other side, facing Ipanema beach.

Centro

Centro

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas