Thu, 01/02/2018 - 20:00 - Thu, 22/03/2018 - 22:00
Chão (el Suelo)
Chão (el Suelo)
Chão (el Suelo)
Chão (el Suelo)

Chão, suelo. Land is a patch of ground, a surface that supports and can be stepped on. But it is also a word that means a place of origin, where one lives and is born.

El Suelois Shinji Nagabe’s first exhibition in Madrid, at Galeria Cero. It is an invitation to visit the universe of dichotomies presented by the Brazilian photographer born to a traditional Japanese family. His work has always been driven by these two cultures and the encounter of reality and fantasy. In his series, we see the formal rigor of static poses, which lead us to the Japanese fantastical, pictorial universe, presented side by site with vibrant tropical colors typically seen in Brazil’s expression of religious syncretism.

Shinji Nagabe has a background in Journalism, and even though he does not work as a photojournalist, El Suelo is a compelling symbiosis of reality and fantasy. His photography is the place where symbols of African-Brazilian candomblé and Brazilian carnival are permeated with a typical Asian formality.

The series now showing at Galeria Cero were produced in five Brazilian states: Bahia, São Paulo, Pernambuco, Alagoas, and Sergipe, between 2015 and2017.