Exhibition Opening

Opening: Love and Ethnology

The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte)

Thu, Oct 17, 2019
6 pm
Free admission
Coletivo Bonobando, “Prata Jardim – Omindarewa” 2017, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (MAM-BA), Salvador da Bahia. Photo: Foto: Natália Reis, Performance as part of the exhibition opening of “Implosão: Trans(relacion)ando Hubert Fichte”

In German and English

Starting 7pm
Performance by Ayrson Heráclito, artist and Candomblé priest
-Lower lobby-
In the Afro-Brazilian religions of Candomblé and Umbanda, popcorn is the sacred food of the god Omolú-Obaluaiê – the orixá of disease, healing and renewal. Popcorn is therefore attributed healing and cleansing effects; bathing in popcorn is said to protect against disease and eradicate negative energies. The performance by Ayrson Heráclito refers to such purification rituals.

Performance by artist collective Coletivo Bonobando, with Lívia Laso, Vanessa Rocha, Thiago Rosa, Adriana Schneider, Patrick Sonata
-Lobby, Hirschfeld Bar, lower lobby-
The performances by Coletivo Bonobando deal with the social and socio-political living conditions in Rio de Janeiro in a humorous but critical way. In the current political situation in Brazil, minorities are increasingly being persecuted and threatened. Against this background, the performers in their phallic costumes occupy iconic and everyday (free) spaces for the LGTBQ+ community. After the exhibition opening at HKW, the colorful penis costumes will be part of the exhibition. Similar to Hélio Oiticica’s Parangolés, visitors will then be invited to wear them themselves and become contributors to the work.

Performance by Cristóbal Lehyt, artist, with Shiori Tada, Eiji Takeda
Through his drawings, Cristóbal Lehyt puts himself into the position of another person or subject. Even as a child he escaped the nationalist tinged history lessons in Chile with drawings. He uses the same technique for Love and Ethnology to imagine Hubert Fichte’s and Leonore Maus’s perspective on Chile in the early 1970s. In New York, Lehyt with three performers developed the performance JäckiBarksMau based on his drawings, which will now be enacted by three Berlin-based performers.

Fichte X Verger
Performance by artist collective Coletivo Bonobando with Thiago Rosa, Adriana Schneider, Patrick Sonata
In Portuguese with German and English supertitles
-Hirschfeld Bar-
A battle of words between Hubert Fichte and Pierre Verger: Fichte meets the French photographer and ethnologist Verger in Salvador da Bahia, where he enjoys great esteem as an initiated Yoruba priest and expert on Afro-Brazilian religions and cultures. Fichte mocks “Pope Pierri” for his bourgeois origins and because he conceals his homosexual desires in his research reports. Nevertheless, Verger’s work provides an important reference framework for Fichte. Coletivo Bonobando re-stages the bittersweet relationship between the two with quotes from Fichte’s novel Explosion (1993).

Omindarewa/Prata Jardim
Performance by artist collective Coletivo Bonobando, with Lívia Laso, Vanessa Rocha, Adriana Schneider
In Portuguese with German and English supertitles
Prata Jardim, “Silver Garden,” is the name of the Candomblé priestess from Hubert Fichte's novel Das Haus der Mina in São Luiz de Maranhão (1989). Giselle Cossard Binon-Omindarewa was a French-Brazilian anthropologist, writer and a famous Candomblé priestess who appeared in Explosion (1993). Coletivo Bonobando stages an imagined dialogue by the two characters with Hubert Fichte, who appears as a hand puppet.

9 pm
DJ Lupercia