Dreams and Revelations: Afro-Brazilian Art and Identities
COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION CELEBRATES AFRO-BRAZILIAN ART DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to present Dreams and Revelations: Afro-Brazilian Art and Identities, an exhibition of works by the artist Paulo P. Lima, Ph.D., in the Channing Peake Gallery located in the County Administration Building at 105 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara. The show will run from January 8 to March 15. An opening reception for the artist is scheduled during the 1st Thursday art walk on Feb. 1 from 5-7 p.m. This exhibition celebrating African culture will run concurrently with Black History Month.
The photographs and dressed figures on display in this exhibition express diverse representations of Afro-Brazilian culture. The photographs, which were primarily taken in São Paulo and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, stemmed from Lima’s dissertation on Afro-Brazilian dress and costumes worn by practitioners of Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion developed in Brazil at the beginning of the eighteenth century. These photographs illustrate the importance of Candomblé religious dress for the various celebrations of faith within the religion and its influence on fashion and secular performance. Lima noted that he aimed to “register a multitude of identities, unfinished and historically specific, that could tell a story.”
This exhibition also includes recent photographs of his Santos. The dressed figures in Dreams and Revelations: Afro-Brazilian Art and Identities are contemporary interpretations of Santos de Roca or Santos de Vestir. Lima was inspired by the Brazilian Baroque tradition of dressing articulated religious figures of saints, which was prevalent in the 18th and 19th centuries and in many places today. Santos are lavishly dressed to be carried in processions and displayed. These figures demonstrate Lima’s interest in dressing vintage reproductions with handcrafted felts and hand-dyed silks as well as everyday materials such as paper, dried leaves, leather, wool, found jewelry, and plastic.
Visions of Hope directors Phillip and Lillian Pipersburg will be onsite at the reception to share scheduled programming for Black History Month. This exhibition was produced in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture and the County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department.