São Paulo, Brazil
June 28 – October 21, 2018



Histórias Afro-Atlânticas was organized by the São Paulo Museum of Art in conjunction with the Instituto Tomie Ohtake. The exhibition was based on research on the historical and current flows of displacements, dialogues and conflicts between the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.

The exhibition was part of the circuit of lectures, workshops, publications, film schedules and other exhibitions that addressed or surrounded Afro-Atlantic history. Coinciding with the celebrations of 130 years of the Lei Áurea, the exhibition was an offshoot of Histórias Mestiças, organized by the same curators at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, in 2014. Works in various media and languages, ranging from works dating from the 16th century to contemporary productions. These were works that presented traditions and images from the historically and economically established relationships between Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe.

The expository argument is not strange to the cultural activities of the Bardi couple in Brazil. This possible relationship resulted in the collaboration of Instituto Bardi / Casa de Vidro with the loan of a work from its collection, Caboclo, a warrior entity of the Umbanda tradition.

Photos: © Eduardo Ortega, © Jorge Bastos