…the magical biomorphic works of Brazilian artist Sonia Gomes
From 12 October, 2019 to 8 March, 2020 Museum Frieder Burda Baden-Baden presents the first solo show at an European institution of Brazilian artist Sonia Gomes (*1948) titled
I rise – I’m a Black Ocean, Leaping and Wide
An additional part of the exhibition is on show at Salon Berlin/Museum Frieder Burda since 7 September, 2020, and will be presented there until 22 February, 2020.
Gomes uses all kinds of found or gifted materials for her work, such as textiles, driftwood, furniture or wool, transforming them into sculptures or room-sized installations. Her works become vehicles for her own individualism, blending technical virtuosity and a materiality rooted in African folk art and spiritual traditions, a surreal language of form, Brazilian modernism and various currents of contemporary art.
The poetic title of the exhibition is inspired by passages from the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou (1928-2014). It is an anthemic protest against racism, sexual violence and the marginalization of black women and reflects the history of slavery.