Galeria Movimento presents solo show by Hal Wildson, in Rio

Entitled Re-Utopya, the exhibition accompanies a critical text by Divino Sobral and proposes a new look at the History of Brazil

Obra de Hal Wildson para a mostra Re-Utopya, na Galeria Movimento.
Work by Hal Wildson for the show Re-Utopia, at the Movement Gallery.

Artist Hal Wildson presents his solo show Re-Utopya, at Galeria Movimento, in Rio de Janeiro, with a critical text by Divino Sobral. Born in the city of Aragarças, a city in Goiás that borders the Araguaia River, Wildson produces his works based on the narratives of his people and his hometown, which suffered abuse and violence and were delegitimized by the “West March”, decreed by the then President Getúlio Vargas in 1940, with the aim of “popularizing” and “progressing” a “demographic void” in the country. 

This demographic void was populated by a people seen as “uncivilized”, the Xavante people, the origin of Wildson. With this cultural heritage, Wildson then proposes his own Utopia, rereading and rewriting an ill-told story. With his works, he works with languages that allow the observer a political reflection that leads him to envision a utopian place. For critic Divino Sobral, “the artist's reinvention takes place by looking to the past, seeking references in the knowledge of black and indigenous ancestry, in ways of thinking about society that are capable of leading to the repair of errors and misconceptions committed by civilization. This is how he intends to base his work on a utopia, a dream of an egalitarian and just society”. 

Work by Hal Wildson for the show Re-Utopia, at the Movement Gallery.

Yesterday, July 20th, Wildson and curator and critic Clarissa Diniz proposed a critical debate on the theme “Reflections for a possible future”, with the mediation of gallery curator Erika Nascimento. The debate revolved around this need to portray history in a different way than what exists in school books and which permeates the imagination of many when the subject is Brazil. 

Work by Hal Wildson for the show Re-Utopia, at the Movement Gallery.

On the occasion, Clarissa Diniz took the opportunity to talk about the concept of “Re-Utopia”, originated from the term “Utopia”, a concept originally pointed out by the 16th century English thinker Thomas More and carried by a strong notion of coloniality. Thus, in this exhibition the artist intends to present a reinterpretation of this concept, brought to the universe and reality of the here and now in Brazil. Still, for Clarissa, by putting the letter Y in place of I, the artist proposes an even deeper intervention in the word and in the concept. 

Also during this event, the NFT of the video art “Reflorestar Nossa Gente” was launched by the Tropix platform. Part of the sale price will be donated to the Rio Silveira village, of the Guarani Mbyá ethnic group, on the coast of São Paulo.

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re-utopia

Location: Movement Gallery 

Address: Rua dos Oitis, 15 – Gávea, Rio de Janeiro 

Date: Until July 30, 2022

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 7 pm, Saturdays from 1 pm to 6 pm

Ticket: Free

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