On November 22, Galeria Zé dos Bois receives Alda Costa, museologist and historian of Mozambican art, for a conversation about the exhibition “Black ink on white background” by João Ayres. The exhibition presents a set of paintings and drawings by Ayres, produced between 1947 and 1959, the period in which the artist lived in Mozambique. In her book “Art in Mozambique – Between nation building and the world without borders 1932-2004”, Alda Costa analyzes the Mozambican art scene at that time and the work of João Ayres, writing that he “(…) did not claim to be an African artist or a Mozambican artist, but his work, and the influence he exerted, occupies an important place in the history of art in Mozambique and this place should be reclaimed”. In this conversation, we will reflect on Ayres’ role as a precursor of Modernism in Mozambique and the place of his work in the contemporary scene.
 Alda Costa, “Art in Mozambique – Between nation building and the world without borders 1932-2004” p. 43
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