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Micro diáspora caboclo astral
Micro diaspora astrological caboclo

This project connects three axes of the artist's poetic investigation: migration, mestizaje, and spirituality. Living between Mexico and Brazil for over 10 years, he has embraced both cultures, creating a cultural remix between these two countries and all the crossings with other cultures that pass through these territories, establishing aesthetic, ritualistic, and migratory bridges.

The theme of migration (Micro Diaspora) is manifested through the presence of elements that the artist has collected during his time in both countries: maps, event posters, drawings, and collectible objects that were part of his history are now displayed in the space, on walls or on the floor over various fabrics and supports such as cardboard, discarded advertising boards, flags, among others. It follows the style of a flea market, the peculiar Carioca shopping scene, or the Mexican tianguis, which are present in the artist's daily life. There is a conceptual twist here, as these objects are not for sale and must be taken by visitors according to some personal criteria (aesthetic, emotional, or symbolic), in a kind of ritual of energetic exchange where the aim is to reframe these objects, giving them a new life and purpose.

The blending of elements (Caboclo-mestizaje) occurs freely within the exhibition space: Mexican wrestling masks adorned with samba school hats on African-printed fabrics, a totem featuring a Karl Marx poster alongside a Gypsy fan, and a picture frame with Frida Kahlo's image on an LGBTQIA+ flag. This establishes a sort of aesthetic mestizaje derived from the theoretical crossings of elements that are antithetical but gain meaning through Dadaist agglutination.

The ritualistic aspect of the project (Astral) is inspired by various religious traditions but seeks an independent path by integrating elements of consumer culture such as packaging and mannequins into its liturgy. LED lights and electronic candles, present in Catholic liturgy for example, are also incorporated here, along with a lighting atmosphere in the environment. A mannequin emerging from the display cases dresses as the archetype of Caboclo Bem-Te-Vi, coming to life during the exhibition when the artist integrates animically with it, performing actions that invoke combined astral forces.

The exhibition is conceived as a symbiosis between the sacred and the profane, the playful and the magical, the discarded and the fabulous, the sold and the free, luxury and waste. Additionally, there is a projection of a series titled "Desmáscaras", where inspired by ritual masks, the artist creates new ones using various food packaging materials in a ritual to reframe elements of consumption as sacred symbolic material, a practice connected to Anthropophagy and its magical power of ingestion and transformation.

The project includes a workshop aimed at children and teenagers, and lighting and ambient music are important details for creating an immersive atmosphere and enhancing the transculturality of objects in the environment. Amber and red gels are used in the room's lamps, directed in different directions, while the music ranges from a complete Congolese mass to meditation melodies from the Green Ray of the Ascended Master Hilarion and popular folk songs from Brazilian folklore recorded in their original communities.

Museo Morelense de Arte Contemporáneo JS, Cuernavaca, Mexico, June, 2024
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