Visual Arts

Alto Nível Baixo

08.11 — 11.01.20
Galeria Zé dos Bois

Invention Cinema, Brazil (1968-78) / War Drawings by Manoel Barbosa, Angola (1973-75)

“Alto Nível Baixo” (High Low Level) is an exhibition that brings together two distinct productions. On one hand, a selection of art films by Brazilian artists and filmmakers made during the Institutional Act-5 (1968-1978); and on the other, the serie of “Desenhos de Guerra” (War Drawings)  by the Portuguese artist Manoel Barbosa (n. 1953). The exhibition is curated by Marta Mestre and Natxo Checa.

Experimental, marginal, contestative, countercultural, poetic, delusional, absurd, eschatological, among many other adjectives, the Brazilian audiovisual productions presented in Alto Nível Baixo were made during the Institutional Act-5 (1968-1978), well-known decree issued by the military dictatorship that severely restricted individual and collective freedoms. They reveal the dichotomy of an epoch, between euphoria and torture, while exploring the diversity of Brazilian filmic languages and artistic movements of this period (“marginal cinema”, “udigrúdi”, “superoitismo”, “art film”, “experimental film”). etc.), underlining the centrality of the cinematic language in Brazilian art. With Álvaro de Sá, Ana Maria Maiolino, Ana Bella Geiger, António Dias, António Manuel, Carlos Vergara, Carlos Zílio, Cláudio Tozzi, Daniel Santiago, Egdard Navarro, Flávio Diniz, Frederico Marcos, Frederico Morais, Jorge Izar, Jormard Muniz Brito, José Agrippino de Paula, Luiz Alphonsus, Marcelo Nitsche, Neide Sá, Nelson Leirner, Neville d’Almeida, Norma Bahia Pontes & Rita Moreira, Raymundo Amado, Rubens Gerchman, Sonia Andrade and Victor Gehrard.


Made between 1973 and 1975, in the dangerous Zemba quarter and during the urban guerrilla in Luanda (Angola), Portuguese artist Manoel Barbosa’s “Desenhos de Guerra” are a radical and crude expression of the relationship between counter-culture and colonial war. Schematic drawings of “war machines”, “fringes” or “deviants” from the artist’s best-known performance work. “Zemba, one of many delusions,” as Barbosa recalls…

(The title “Alto Nível Baixo” is a loan to the homonymous film by Jomard Muniz de Britto – 1977).

The exhibition will be open to the public until 11 January 2020.

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