Photocena 2019 is an artistic and educational project aimed at the circulation of three Bahian photographers, including: Adriano Machado, Yasmin Nogueira and Caroline Lima, at art events in the United States, programmed by Juci Reis of Flotar. The project is an extension of the program of Close to There, an artistic exchange between Chicago, USA and Salvador, Brazil, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, with Chicago-based Comfort Station. Its central concept is the dissemination of contemporary Bahian photography in the United States, on October 29, 2019, through a series of discussions at LATITUDE.
This event will showcase the work of these three photographers through the installation of a “process table” as well as a performance. The artists will exhibit their series of images, showing the procedures, methods and materials used to construct visual narratives based on the relationships between black people’s identities through research into memory, fiction, gender, territory and visual representations in photography.
1 – Process table
This table introduces their artistic process through a series of photographs, which use elements of daily life in the cities of Salvador and Bahia to reinvent their territory through the fictional gaze and memory of black people to investigate identity, body, space.
The process table will present materials (objects ranging from ribbons, fabrics, plastics, everyday pickings) and route documents related to the photographs displayed in the projection. From this exercise, the photographer will narrate their poetic path in the construction of images.
2 – Presentation of Performance “Ajeum para Ancestrais”
Ajeum para Ancestrais reflects on the ancestors that the artist did not know, the erasure of memory makes one not go far in a family tree, especially when thinking about black women. Little is known who they were, what they lived, where they came from. The violence of canceling these names perpetuates the impossibility of rescuing them. The historical anonymous figures of black women, recorded in nineteenth-century photographs, are thought of as ancestors, worshipable beings. After the performance presentation, the artist will exhibit and discuss her creative processes about the subjectivities found in different narratives of life experiences of black women in the Brazilian context, as well as their autobiographical fragments.
This project is curated by Juci Reis and Jordan Martins. It has the financial support of the Bahia Culture Secretariat, Mobility Call 1st Call, 2019, and the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund.
Image by Adriano Machado