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Verger e Carybé: between two shores of the Atlantic

2019

The exhibition Verger and Carybé: between two shores of the Atlantic presents scenes of everyday life in Yoruba Africa and Bahia through the eyes of Pierre Fatumbi Verger and Carybé. The photographer, ethnologist, anthropologist and babalaô Pierre Verger devoted most of his life to studies on this culture in Africa and Bahia, where he settled in 1946. His books, such as Flow and Reflux and Orixás, and his rich and extensive visual record are one of the largest researches on this topic in Brazil. The visual artist Carybé was also seduced by the "black Roma", where he ended up installing himself and, for decades, portrayed with impressive virtuosity the life of the streets of Bahia. He also made two visits to Benin, where he had the opportunity to watch and document festivals, beliefs and scenes of daily life on the African continent.

The exhibition invites the public to discover, through the photographs, drawings and watercolors of both artists, scenes of striking similarity, portrayed now in the cities of Benin and Nigeria, sometimes in the streets of Bahia. Thus, the exhibition retraces the route of the slave trade, which linked Benin to Bahia, and addresses a theme of extreme importance in this sad chapter of Brazilian history and of great importance in the formation of the Brazilian people: the cultural legacy brought to Brazil by the Yoruba people.

Curatorship. Luiz Gustavo Carvalho


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