"Familia" invites the spectator to visit their homeland and to deconstruct stereotypes and paradigms.
As they've settled in their new land, the artists gravitate towards their roots, renegotiating personal and artistic identity and connection as they live their lives and practice their art in an intercultural dialectic space.
New and previous lives, locations and families come together; new cultural references and fresh feelings have merged with ingrained memories and emotions.
Where the original family is created by a union of marriage or blood, the familia is made and re-made by new transnational engagements as their journeys and lives continue in Australia.
'Familia' blends the Brazilian bossa with the spirit of the Australian bush. It fuses and renegotiates rhythm and happiness, colours and dots, the beach and the city.
The opening night happened on the 8th of February (Friday) at Be Brave ArtSpace in Avalon, NSW. The speeches on the night were made by Lucia Johns (@abcd.australia), Sarah Suassuna @sarahsuassuna with beautiful poetry in Portuguese, and councillor Penny Philpott of the Northern Beaches Council.
Familia Exhibition on the local media:
- Pittwater Online News - Artists of the Month
- Covered Hub Magazine - Feb/2019
- On the day, the artists were surprised with a video message from The Brazilian Ambassador in Australia, Sérgio Moreira Lima.
- Be Brave Artspace - Archive
- Official Press Kit