Exhibition "The Light of Beauty"

Sat24February(Feb 24)09:00ter07May(May 7)21:00Exhibition "The Light of Beauty"The exhibition brings together 31 images in large and medium format, videos from the artist's visual series "Ayê e Orum" and "Oxum on the banks of Rio da Barra", as well as adornments and objects in collaboration with artists Diego Silf, Felipe Maltone and Victor Hugo Mattos.Mario de Andrade Library, Rua da Consolação, 94 - São Paulo - SP


“In current times, when we see a significant part of the Brazilian population occupying the spaces of action that have always been denied to them, young black people are still murdered and episodes of racism are repeated. There is, therefore, a cry for equality and inclusion, also present in the field of aesthetic affirmation, in the valorization of the universe of Afro-Brazilian visuality”, says Marcus de Lontra Costa.

For the experienced curator and art critic, who has previously headed the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, “Luiz Moreira’s works take advantage of the extreme visual richness and religious rites that came from from Africa, giving them a transformative meaning, in dialogue with contemporary technological techniques and materials. It's 'Afrofuturism' coming to the fore in flashy colors full of contrast. The images vibrate before our eyes and the photographed characters walk among us as in a carnival parade, combining seduction and enchantment”.

Splitting time between Miami and the center of São Paulo, Moreira was born on the outskirts of the capital, in Jardim Ângela, where he lived until he was 18. His relationship with the image is inspired by his own experience as a resident of a peripheral neighborhood. He began photographing in academic projects in the social communication course and then began to dedicate himself to street photography in São Paulo and New York, exploring the daily lives of these large centers.

The photographer's aesthetic and documentary work combines an affinity with contemporary culture with an interest in diasporic perspectives and the cult of the orixalities of African-based religions. His documentary series such as “Porta do Mar” and “Santo Negro” appeared in important national and international festivals and fairs, such as Art Basel (2019 edition, in Miami), the AfroPunk Festival (the editions that took place in Johannesburg, Atlanta and Salvador) and the Troy House Art Foundation London, in 2023

Exhibition | The Light of Beauty
From February 24th to May 07th
Monday to Friday, from 9am to 21pm, and weekends and holidays, from 9am to 18pm


February 24, 2024 09:00 - May 7, 2024 21:00 pm(GMT-03:00)


Mario de Andrade Library

Rua da Consolação, 94 - São Paulo - SP

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Marcus of Otter Coast

Marcus de Lontra Costa is an art critic and independent curator. He was editor of the magazine Modulo; director of the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts; art critic for the periodicals O Globo, Tribuna da Imprensa and Isto É and adviser to the Ministry of Culture. He also directed the Museums of Modern Art in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and Recife. He was Secretary of Culture for Nova Iguaçu (RJ), in the government of Lindberg Farias. He was curator of the exhibitions: “How are you, generation 80?” (together with Sandra Magger and Paulo Roberto Leal); “Perverse Childhood”, at MAM-RJ; “Where are you generation 80?”, at CCBB. Since 1998 he has been the director of Lontra Produções Culturais.

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