Video work by duo representing Brazil in Venice Biennale 2019 on display at EMMA
The media space of Touch exhibition, which presents Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, will showcase a video work by the successful artist duo Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca. Faz que Vai (Set to go) is a four-part video essay, where different dancers interpret the Brazilian frevo dance.
Frevo is a dance and music style connected with the Brazilian Carnival. Its roots lie in march music, and the dance’s movements originate in capoeira, a martial art created by slaves transported from Africa to Brazil. Frevo, which was born on the streets of Recife, continues to be a popular traditional Brazilian folklore.
Faz que vai is a frevo step, that imitates the movement of staggering. The video piece shows four performances where the identity of each dancer gains a crucial role. The piece Faz que vai (Set to go) (2015) by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca questions frevo-related conceptions regarding gender and socio-economical issues. The work examines bodies that are marginalised and deviate from the expected, compared to the traditional form of culture.
Bárbara Wagner (1980, Brazil) and Benjamin de Burca (1975, Germany) are interested in the space documentary and art share. Their works often address the current culture’s relationship with traditions and cultural preservation, especially in emerging economies and in the postcolonial framework. The artists have worked together since 2011. Their solo exhibitions have been showcased, for example, in Lissabon and Sáo Paolo’s Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel Galleries (2018 and 2019) and Pérez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami (2019). The duo represented Brazil in Venice Biennale 2019.