Opening May 6 2016 at 5-8PM
The exhibition is open May 6 – June 12 2016
“Totem poles: monumental sculptures carved on poles, posts, or pillars with symbols or figures made from large trees, by indigenous peoples. The word totem derives from the Algonquian (most likely Ojibwe) word odoodem [oˈtuːtɛm], “his kinship group”. Totem poles are not religious objects, but they do communicate important aspects of native culture. The carvings may symbolize or commemorate cultural beliefs that recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events. The poles may also serve as functional architectural features, welcome signs for village visitors, mortuary vessels for the remains of deceased ancestors, or as a means to publicly ridicule someone. Given the complexity and symbolic meanings of totem pole carvings, their placement and importance lies in the observer’s knowledge and connection to the meanings of the figures.
-Excerpt from Wikipedia, Mars 2016.
Gustavo Perillo Nogueira was born in Lagoa da Prata, Brazil in 1974 and lives in Gothenburg since 2005. His work revolves around his identity building process whilst transiting between Swedish and Brazilian cultures. During the last years, Perillo has been working with the notions of cultural cannibalism as a method to explore that experience.
In Kinship Studies (traces of a cannibal ritual) Perillo works with the symbolism surrounding totem poles in relation to present day, using the multicultural residential area Pennygången (where Perillo lives himself) as a starting point and source of material. The sculptures shown in the gallery has been produced with salvaged objects from waste containers in the area. The rentals of Pennygången was built in the beginning of the 60’ies in Göteborg, as a part of Swedens “Miljonprogram”, and has today become a symbol of the gentrification process, which has undergone in Sweden in the last couple of years.
Gustavo Perillo Nogueira attended the bachelor and master programme at the School of Photography / Gothenburg University (currently Valand Academy / Photography programme) 2006 – 2011. He has exhibited at, among other institutions, Röda Sten Konsthall, Hasselblad Center, Konsthallen in Gothenburg, Fotografins Hus, Liljevalchs Konsthall and the Konstepidemin Art Gallery.