Horizontal, color photo. View of the MIRROR COUNTRIES exhibition. In the foreground, sculptures of animals, some colored, in wood, others in straw. In the background, a mural with capulanas and fabrics from different regions of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, São Tomé and Principe, Cape Verde and Brazil. Kazuo Kajihara's photo.
View of the exhibition "Mirrored Countries", on display at Sesc Consolação. Photo: Kazuo Kajihara

Ahe weaves in piaçava palm straw on the north coast of Bahia create a clear dialogue with the basketry made on the north coast of Cabo Delgado, in Mozambique, as well as the graphics of the traditional basketry of the Baniwa peoples, from the Amazon, meet with the designs produced by the artisan Makeba in São Tomé and Príncipe. The Makonde sculptures refer to the works of the popular sculptor GTO, from Minas Gerais, and the fabrics made on the looms of Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe seem to tell a joint story with those produced and embroidered in several Brazilian states. These are some of the many cultural encounters that form Mirrored Countries: objects, images, flavors, memories, on display at Sesc Consolação. 

Curated by Renato Imbroisi, the exhibition reflects on the similarities between Brazil and the five African countries that were also colonized by the Portuguese: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe. Bringing together handicrafts from each of these nations, the show seeks to celebrate common traits and reveal the possibilities of recognizing each other.

“The first time I set foot on the African continent, in Mozambique, it felt like I was at home”, says the curator. His visits to Africa were systematic. Imbroisi already had extensive experience with design and craft projects in Brazil and, between 2003 and 2019, developed with other professionals a series of workshops in different African countries, aiming to promote and revitalize local crafts, also generating income for people from these communities. There, he came across the similarities and was able to meet artists and artisans who today form Mirrored Countries

A arte!brasileiros visited the exhibition and talked with the curator about the history and concepts that permeate it. Watch the video: 

Mirrored Countries It is open until June 26 and can be visited free of charge from Tuesday to Friday, from 15 pm to 21 pm, and on Saturdays, from 10 am to 14 pm, by prior appointment by Sesc Consolação website. The maximum stay in the unit is 60 minutes and the use of a face mask is mandatory for all people throughout the visit.

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