“The crossing of disaster”, an exhibition that presents the work of the French visual artist François Andes for the first time in Minas Gerais, is an instigating set of works – drawings, on site interventions, sculptures, costumes and masks – that incites the audience to travel through mythological figures from different cultures in Asia, Europe and Brazil.
The show was conceived during periods of artistic residency by François Andes and Brazilian curator Luiz Gustavo Carvalho, held in Brazil, Vietnam, Cambodia and South Korea, between 2016 and 2020.
The main protagonist of the exhibition is a river course that crosses different territories and cultures. Thus, the research of François Andes and Luiz Gustavo Carvalho exposes analogies and other syncretisms that can be found between representations of female and male deities linked to water and the forest in different cultures around the world and reflect on the transformations and disturbances of nature, as a result of the predatory behavior of man on Earth. The destruction of natural areas, deforestation, air pollution, water contamination and the overexploitation of natural resources have radically altered our lands and can become fertile ground for new mythological figures, as well as for the emergence of new beliefs.
“François Andes presents us with a vast and fascinating imaginary bestiary, populated by dreams, struggles and ancestral symbols from different mythologies. The artist juxtaposes an unusual fauna and population to the world, cast on paper through a raw and visceral trace, joining a tradition that distances him from surrealist formulas and brings him closer to the world of Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Breughel or Alfred Kubin.” , points out curator Luiz Gustavo Carvalho.
Some works that are part of the exhibition, “Rio das Mortes” and “Rio sem volta”, created during an artist residency during the Festival Artes Vertentes – Tiradentes International Arts Festival, in 2020, were inspired by rivers of Minas Gerais. “This work, carried out on site during a period of artistic residency, was a very enriching experience, not only for being able to be directly inspired by this landscape, but also for being able to feel, through a dialogue with the population of Tiradentes, the presence of water marks the culture of this region”. In addition, the artist will be present at Galeria Celma Albuquerque, working on the creation of two on site interventions, in dialogue with the works that make up the exhibition. The public will be able to follow this creative process between October 18th and 22nd, from 4pm to 6pm.