The exhibition brings together photographs by duo Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca (currently exhibiting at the 58th Venice Biennale to represent the Brazilian pavilion) and ceramic sculptures by British artist Jesse Wine. From one side the ‘popular body’ and its strategies of subversion and visibility; on the other, Wine presents a body which is fragmented into feet, hands and heads who subjectively interpret human behavior.
Wagner & de Burca’s photographs are part of the Swinguerra series (2019), made in collaboration with dance squads from the outskirts of Recife, Northeast of Brazil, and follows their intense routine of rehearsals performing rhythms such as swingueira, brega funk and batidão do maloka. The former is referenced in the work’s title, but with a slight spelling twist that makes the word end in “guerra”, which means “war” in Portuguese.
In his practice, Jesse Wine imprints a very fresh individual approach to traditional ceramic methods. Throughout his endeavors, Wine awakens the clay as a living independent body.
- Wagner & de Burca, Photo from the Swinguerra series, 2019