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Jaime Lauriano, Trabalho (Work), 2017, mixed media, 8' 2 3/8“ X 16' 4 7/8”.

Jaime Lauriano

Galeria Leme

Jaime Lauriano, Trabalho (Work), 2017, mixed media, 8' 2 3/8“ X 16' 4 7/8”.

Brazil’s colonial past was the central theme of Jaime Lauriano’s exhibition “Assentamento” (Settlement). The title refers both to the name given to territory occupied by landless or homeless settlers and to the sacred areas designated for worship in Candomblé, a religion practiced mainly in Brazil, which draws its beliefs from various African traditions and is historically associated with slaves’ resistance.

The exhibition featured eight works, all from 2017. Trabalho (Work) was a large wall installation for which Lauriano collected found objects such as tapestries, a jigsaw puzzle, calendars, T-shirts, and rubbish cans, all of which bear images of slaves at work in the style of Jean-Baptiste Debret, an early-nineteenth-century French painter who depicted many aspects of Brazilian everyday life. Aside from a small sculpture of a man in chains, these don’t show the terrors to which

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