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Paulo Nazareth, CA – for BLACK, 2014, plastic and wooden combs, 14 1/8 × 37 3/4 × 1 1/2".

Paulo Nazareth

Mendes Wood DM | R. Marco Aurélio, 311, Vila Romana

Paulo Nazareth, CA – for BLACK, 2014, plastic and wooden combs, 14 1/8 × 37 3/4 × 1 1/2".

Upon entering the gallery’s warehouse space during the opening of this exhibition, the visitor was greeted by the sound of an unusual chant and the smell of home-cooked food. The aroma was of traditional Brazilian fare offered visitors in a family-style banquet setting. The sound came from a video installation shot entirely in the dark, making it a work to hear rather than see: Aprender a rezar Guarani e Kaiowá para o mundo nao acabar (Learn to Pray Guarani and Kaiowá So the World Doesn’t End), 2013. The work documents the ceremony in which the artist, a Brazilian from Minas Gerais, of mixed indigenous, African, and European descent, was accepted into the Guarani-Kaiowá tribe of Mato Grosso do Sul. (Similar chants could also be heard in a sound work presented on headphones, Chanson de Voudou [Voodoo Song], 2013, also recorded with a group of Guarani.) In the language of the tribe,

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