Nov 28th, 2015 — Jan 9th, 2016
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
This exhibition brings
together over twenty 16mm short films and two camerae obscurae, all
produced over the last ten years. These works are presented within a
site-specific installation, complemented by the titular film PAPAGAIO
2001, Gusmão + Paiva have continually produced new experimental
arrangements that are poised on the verge between the visible world and
its withdrawal, questioning the borders between the concepts of the
human and the inhuman. Translating paradoxes through cinematic media,
the artists defamiliarize the visitors from her/his quotidian gaze and
produce a “time machine” experiment: the films slow down reality until
they reveal the different qualities within the visible.
The sometimes found, sometimes mounted
settings are shot accordingly to strict formal rules: the camera stays
within a fixed distance and angle from its subject, and focuses each
time on precisely one motif, one sequence of movement, or one activity;
all films operate purely visual.
PAPAGAIO (DJAMBI), which translates as
parrot, uses a different composition principle: the new 43-minute film
was shot last year on the central African island of São Tomé and depicts
a local voodoo ritual invocating the deceased forefathers. The camera
is passed along from the artists to the participants, who are in trance
and possessed by the spirits of the dead. The approach to time shifts
from infinite repetition to a vastly stretched moment. The film thus
stages an encounter with the realm of the dead to account for what
cannot be experienced by the living.
PAPAGAIO was co-produced with Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan and Camber Arts Centre in London.
Curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Vicente Todolí.
Monday—Friday10.00 am—6.30 pm
Saturday12.00 am—2.30 pm