Committed to the Brazilian art scene, the Salon H gallery wanted to give carte blanche to Rodrigo Braga for the next edition of PhotoSaintGermain.
Born in 1976 in the big city of Manaus in the heart of the Amazon jungle, the artist, after having acquired wide recognition in his country – where he is exhibited and collected by the greatest Brazilian museums, preferred to go into exile in France. after the populist turn embodied by Jair Bolsonaro, and its disastrous consequences on the Amazon.
Because it is indeed the question of the struggle between the human species and its natural environment that constitutes the red thread of the artist’s work. What sets us apart as biological beings? What relationships do we have with the animal, plant and mineral world? How far can our predatory impulses take us? So many questions to which Braga answers by mobilizing multiple art resources, and physically engaging in his work, while making nature his workshop for experimentation. Alternately biologist, naturalist, geologist, archaeologist, anthropologist, shaman, Braga knows how to draw from his origins, his personal history, and the collective unconscious, the symbols and archetypes that will give the documentation of his actions a powerful impact. Through the selection of photographs where the artist’s face is transformed by incorporating animal organs, where the mimicry between the plant and animal worlds echoes disturbingly the disturbances to come, and where the shaman artist seems to initiate a ritual of rebirth in an environment that has become mineral, the exhibition will allow us to discover the unique journey of this essential artist.
October 16, 2020 – April 30, 2021
le salon H
6/8 rue de Savoie