Mario Cravo Neto on view in London, at the Autograph ABP Foundation





"A Serene Expectations of Light"

curated by Mark Sealy MBE and Gabriela Salgado


15.01.2016 - 2.04.2016


The exhibition, FIRST SOLO SHOW IN THE UK focused on MARIO CRAVO NETO, comprises two series of photographs: twenty black and white studio portraits from the series "Eternal Now" produced during the 1980s-90s, and twenty colour prints from the "Laroyé" cycle produced in 2008, during the latter part of his career before his untimely death.

The large-scale black and white pjotographs are characterised by the use of inanimate objects and animals in conjunction with human bodies, giving the images a sculptural and tactile quality reminescent of European still life paintings from the XVII and XVIII century, with symbolic meaning derived from Candomblé. In contrast, Cravo Neto's later colour works depict urban life in Salvador de Bahia. Rather than provide a documentary account of the city and its people, Cravo Neto pays homage to Esù, a trickster divinity and overseer of the cross between the material and spiritual world. 


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