the newly opened Inclusive Cultural Center honors the history and artistic production of Gamboa, a neighborhood in the Port Region of Rio de Janeiro, with the exposure Gamboa: our paths did not cross by chance. Curated by Lucas Albuquerque, the coordinator of the institution's Artistic Residency Program, the exhibition presents a historical perspective with around 80 works by 25 artists and collectives that are emotionally connected to the region.
The title of the show is inspired by a manuscript by Tia Lúcia (1933-2018), a painter, sculptor and resident of Morro do Pinto who wrote: “Our paths did not cross by chance. The greatest specialists in smiles are here”. In addition to the reference for the name of the exhibition, the artist is present in the collective through 17 works, five of which have never been shown to the general public.
The show's curator explains that the choice of Tia Lúcia as godmother for the exhibition stems from “the integrity of her belief in meeting as the ultimate goal of artistic creation. This is because she distributed a large part of her production among family members, friends and neighbors of the hill where she lived. Even though her absorption into museums occurred belatedly, Tia Lúcia built a network that crosses and breaks through any validation structure to build her own”.
It is important to point out that the Gamboa neighborhood is home to Cais do Valongo, the scene of an inescapable history. Coined “Little Africa” by Heitor dos Prazeres and also known as the Historic Archaeological Circuit of Celebration of African Heritage, Gamboa was the place that received the most enslaved people from the continent in the world. Also, close to the Inclusartiz Cultural Center, is the place where the bodies of those who arrived at the pier and died before being sold were buried. For all these reasons, the month of May was also deliberately chosen for the opening of the exhibition, as it marks the 144th anniversary of the abolition of slavery (May 13th).
From the Vaccine Revolt to João do Rio, from the carnival to the major urban reforms in Pereira Passos, from Beth Carvalho to Heitor dos Prazeres, the region surrounding the cultural center holds several histories of meetings. to continue and expand the entire development and support project that we have sought to carry out over the last few years. It is also a pleasure to bring residents one more cultural option in the region, which in addition to exhibitions also proposes to promote workshops, courses, among other educational and socio-cultural actions aimed at the local public”, celebrates Frances Reynolds, president and founder of the Incluzartiz Institute, non-profit organization in charge of the cultural center.
The names of the selected artists establish a dialogue between current and former residents of the neighborhood, names that concentrate their productions in the place and surroundings, including some works by notable characters from the history of Brazilian art. Therefore, it comprises Yhuri Cruz, Laís Amaral, Daniel Murgel and Gustavo Speridião to Heitor dos Prazeres.
In addition to the works exhibited at the exhibition, the Inclusartiz Institute, with this exhibition, also assumed the commitment to cover the most different manifestations of art through a cartographic mapping that indicates the work of more than 70 artists in the region that, between graffiti, pixo , the wall and other expressions, took the street as their support.
Gamboa: our paths did not cross by chance
Location: Inclusartiz Cultural Center
Address: Rua Sacadura Cabral, 333 – Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro
Date: From May 24th to June 12th
Opening hours: From Thursday to Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm.