AXÉ BAHIA: THE POWER OF ART IN AN AFRO-BRAZILIAN METROPOLISFOWLER MUSEUM - 1 - 3 - 2018
TEXT: JIM KAPSALIS
PHOTO: JAN LEE
The Afro-Brazilian culture is explored at the Fowler Museum. In the city of Salvador, the Brazilain state of Bahia ,ideas and a mystic converge to form a shocking reality. The past is always present in these artists that formed the visceral exhibit. Drawing on the atrocities of conquest, artist's like Caetano Dias' work shows power and focus in it's most raw form. His piece, "Deliros de Catarina," was the central, defining moment in the exhibit. The severed heads represented the manufacturing component of the plantations. A table represents the cross-reference of the rich that enjoyed sugar and the dangerous implications of sugarcane production of the era. On the table exists a vice which was a constant reminder of the implicit realities of those who died or were disfigured from slave labor of sugarcane.
Other works in the exhibit were a bit more abstract though some artists touched on the diseases that plague the area. Artists ranged from the Mid-twentieth century to present day life in Bahia. This exhibit was a clear example that the Fowler Museum, though small, brings meaningful programs to the LA area. Constantly pushing boundaries for college museums everywhere, UCLA is at the top of the heap.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 – APRIL 15, 2018
Source: Art Collector World, Fowler.ucla.edu , Caetano Dias
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