Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Faz que vai / Set to Go, 2015, 2K video, color, sound, 11 minutes 50 seconds.

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

In this exhibition, Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca presented You Are Seeing Things, a video triptych offering unpretentious insight into the multifaceted interconnectedness of Brazilian popular culture. The Brazilian duo showed that culture to be a composite of tradition, queerness, kinship, and proclamation. Dance, music, and belief all play a significant role in each of the videos, which focus on contemporary culture in Northeast Brazil, and particularly the city of Recife, where the artists are based. All of the performers and actors are real dancers, bystanders, MCs, singers, and preachers. Synthesizing fiction and documentary, these films neither uncritically celebrate their subjects nor aspire to the presumed objectivity of sociology or anthropology. All the subjects are allowed their beliefs, aspirations, and realities; all are allowed to be present, empowered and vulnerable

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