Orfeu Negro – Raphael Barontini
We are thrilled to announce the gallery’s first participation to 1.54 along with a solo presentation of a new body of works by figurative painter Raphael Barontini on the occasion of his upcoming solo show at the SCAD Museum, Savannah.
The exhibition entitled Orfeu Negro hereinafter Marcel Camus’ cult movie awarded with the palm at 1959’s Cannes Film Festival is a critical reading on cultural appropriation, socio-racial differentiation and a formal re-appropriation of the codes of Carnaval. Barontini, known for his work on creolization and his spectacular afro-futuristic compositions often combined with sound and site-specific installations, will be showing an unseen body of sculptural paintings occupying the center of his exhibition. The artist is deeply interested in Edouard Glissant’s vision of creolisation. He refers to this phenomenon as a “poetics of relation.” He also replaces the notion of globalisation (mondialisation) – based, far too exclusively on economic precepts – with the notion of globality (mondialité), in which he sees possibilities for a positive collective narrative and cultural civility. For this edition, the artist will present a series of portraits as well as a new body of works on the crosswords of painting and installation, always pushing the boundaries of the pictorial medium. These works entitled Solar Cloaks are imaginary cloaks re-investing the royal costume as a tool of empowerment. With its direct allusion to Sun Ra’s stage costumes, it is also a hint to the strong legacy and influence of Camus’ movie on generations of musicians and artists, from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Wayne Shorter, making of Black Orpheus a milestone in the history of music.
Raphael Barontini’s work is included in several public and private collections worldwide. He has extensively shown internationally from Cape Town to Istanbul, UK, France, USA…