Visual Arts

Chama Xamânica

— Otelo M.F.

07.10 — 06.01.18
Galeria Zé dos Bois

Wednesday to Saturday
from 6pm to 10pm

Individual exhibition by Otelo M.F. at ZDB

Chama Xamânica is the first extensive presentation of Otelo M. F.’s work ever to be held in Lisbon. Gathering a substantial number of drawings, objects and sculptures, this exhibition allows one to delve into a creative universe governed by notions such as animism, primitivism or shamanism. Much more than mere discursive references, these are productive contexts for a work often marked by the feeling of loss in the face of a world disconnected from the spirit of the earth and the knowledge cultivated by our ancestors. It is not surprising, therefore, that Otelo M.F. (Almancil, 1974) has in performance and in ritual the tools that allow him to conduct energies, summon presences and articulate materialities. Movement, metamorphosis, transitoriness, restoring ideas that have no body, gathering and reusing materials that are frequently treated as waste, establishing unaccustomed connections or dialogues between materials and forms, are keywords in a wide-ranging practice, underlining the principle that “artistic work serves to reclaim our spiritual existence”.

Chama Xamânica is produced in partnership with Culturgest and was presented in its exhibition spaces in Oporto between February 18 and April 15, 2017.

Otelo M.F.

Otelo M.F., (Almancil, 1974) works between the Algarve and London, a city where, since 2008, he has lived for long periods of the year. His recent exhibitions include Chama Xamânica, Culturgest Porto (2017); The lynx knows no boundaries, Fondation Ricard, Paris (2015); Interface Makonde e Oracular Spectacular, desenho e animismo, Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães, Guimarães (2013 and 2015, respectively); Instruments of quasi-null consequence, Clages Gallery, Cologne (2014); Algarve Visionário, Excêntrico e Utópico, Museu Municipal de Faro, Faro (2010).

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