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Visual Arts
Exhibitions

Budonga

— Fernando Brito

17.09 — 28.11.20
Galeria Zé dos Bois
© Bruno Lopes
© Bruno Lopes
© Bruno Lopes
© Bruno Lopes
© Bruno Lopes

According to the recommended safety measures, it will only be possible to visit the exhibition using a mask.

To what do we call «history» and to what do we call «civilization» (and who calls it?)?
How does the living make the dead (what kind of “other” is the dead?)?

What notion does the appropriator have of what he appropriates (what does it show? How and for what purposes does it show?)?

At the invitation of ZDB, Brito exhibits a set of illustrations from the hypothetical museum’s catalog of an ancient civilization invented from the novel (called «Budonga») which, during the ’80s, his colleague Proença extrapolated from a silly anecdote.

The name «Budonga» is used in an anecdote that speaks of humiliation and/or death for ritual anal violation.
It arrives at the homeostetic dictionary in the novel «Budonga» (1985), in which Proença narrates the escape of a bored white man to the heart of sub-Saharan Africa.
In Brito, soon after, it names a city prior to the Mesopotamian civilization, from the catalog whose excavation (pompous document of colonialist archeology) here shows illustrations of architecture, bas-relief, equipment and statuary.
In homeostetic everyday, «Budonga» (which gives the term «Budongguian»), becomes an immoderate use «cliché» whose meaning does not occur to anyone wanting to fix it.

Fernando Brito

Fernando Brito (Pampilhosa da Serra, 1957). has a degree in Fine Arts – Painting by the Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa (1983). Guest member of the Homeostética group (Portugal, Proença, Ivo, Vieira, Xana), a founding member of the Ases da Paleta group (Feliciano, Portugal, Vieira) and active in the 1990s with Louro, Mendes, Palma, Tabarra, and Vidal. Since 2010, the growing curiosity for the so-called post-colonial thought and the discovery of the concepts of politics and political subject in Rancière have determined that the ideas of art as a political game, an artist as a politician who acts by images, work as a political move, have been the driving force behind his work.

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