Exhibition

Lineage through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil by Fran Siegel

23 Jul 2017 – 10 Dec 2017

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Free

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Los Angeles
California, United States

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Lineage through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil by Fran Siegel is a multifaceted drawing project developed through the Los Angeles-based artist’s research residency in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Itaparica island, a vibrant center of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé.

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A vast, forty-foot-long, irregular “weaving” made of strips of sun-exposed and patterned fabric crossed by lengths of delicate drawings of sacred plants on translucent drafting film and cyanotypes, the work will wrap around three walls of the Museum’s “Fowler in Focus” Gallery. Finding inspiration in the worship of ancestral spirits, or Egun, in the natural environment associated with Candomblé practices on Itaparica island and in the vexed history of colonialism and slavery in Brazil, Siegel’s project can be read as a highly charged landscape of black Brazil, built from fragments that embrace its African roots. Lineage through Landscape complements the Fowler’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis. 

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