Funfun is a requiem based on shots from the wake for Estelita de Souza Santana, lifetime leader of the Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Good Death from Cachoeira, Bahia, who passed away at the age of 105.
In the two-channel video installation, the image’s double nature is far more than an aesthetic choice: it obeys significant concepts that emerge from Ayrson Heráclito’s artistic and spiritual practices. The artist’s recurrent employment of pairs generates symbolic associations through split screens, photographic diptychs, and mirror images. In the film Funfun, such strategy materializes in the kaleidoscopic editing of the image, revealing a connection between the herons and the black priestesses as inspired by a local myth.
The imagery is embedded in the symbology of the colour white (funfun in Yoruba language), commonly associated with purity, maturity, and wisdom, and present in the garments worn by the black god Obatalá, who reigns over the Yoruba deities’ pantheon.
Out of a profusion of symbols and signifiers deeply rooted in the culture of Bahia, the association of white beads and the line of the horizon become the poetic expression of the artist’s own funeral rite.
Production: Ayrson Heráclito
Cinematography and Camera: Ayrson Heráclito
Edition: Ayrson Heráclito
Music: João Omar
Soundtrack mix: João Omar
Image post-production: Ayrson Heráclito
Coordination of post-production: Ayrson Heráclito
Graphic Design: Ayrson Heráclito
Ayrson Heráclito (b. 1968, Macaúbas, Bahia, Brazil) is an artist, curator, and professor who deals with elements of Afro-Brazilian culture in installation, performance, photography, and video. He often incorporates culinary elements with local significance to reference Bahia’s regional history and makes transnational references to Africa and its influences on Brazilian society through his use of palm oil, sugar, and dried beef. Through his installations and performances, Heráclito draws from many of the familiar signs and themes of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé, while taking a more conceptual approach to the subject matter.
Thursday, 3 November, 2016