Starring: Wilbor (Brazil) meets Bocarras (Mozambique)

Friday 15th of November

Vernissage begins at 8pm with complementary beer in Betahaus
With DJ Hp Sauce (Brazil)

Art has always had the potential to be reproduced. The reproduction of a piece of art responds to our desire to get closer to the object we may see as cult – to experience its aura, which paradoxically as we approximate, disappears. Thus, on the one hand, art becomes more accessible, on the other hand, while the possibility of its reproduction exists, it gains new context: new sort of immortality. After we experienced the end of cult, end of theology of art, it is time now we faced the art that is gone out onto the streets. Woodcut dates from the antique and is the technique that made the reproduction of a picture possible. Photography is a mark of the modernity and as long as we have access to the film, we can develop it over and over again. A problem arises when we think of the traditional triangular intimacy between the artist, the piece of art and the spectator. This one becomes harder to captivate in the face of technical reproduction. Nevertheless, while a photography or a woodcut are there in front of our eyes, a new value is being created: the one of exhibition. As Walter Benjamin once wrote: “The uniqueness of a work of art is inseparable from its being embedded in the fabric of tradition. This tradition itself is thoroughly alive and extremely changeable” (1936). Liquid traditions.

Liquid distances. Liquid cultures. Liquid encounters of two artists from two different countries. Although physically distant from each other, they stay connected, not only by the language, but as well by fine arts, being a consequence of the dialogue of the expressions and by the miscegenation of cultures, resulting from the slave trade between Mozambique and Brazil in the past.

At the exhibition Mocambo, we bring back Mozambique and Brazil together in order to celebrate the plurality characteristic of both of them. Plurality that we can experience in the works of the Brazilian artist and skateboarder, Wilbor, and the works of the photographer Bocarras, originally from Mozambique but currently living in Berlin. Woodcut and Photography. Both artists enjoy the freedom to express themselves through their works. Art proves therefore to be the great escape to the search for freedom. The same search which motivated the slaves to escape and build their new home, called Mocambo, while seeking for a refuge in the Brazilian hinterland. Going back to the present day, as we search for this feeling at home, Berlin turns somehow into our Mocambo.