Art usually has progressed through a constant renewal of ideas and innovative moves. Artists seek to explore new art in regions outside their immediate geographical and historical context for inspiration. Saatchi Gallery houses, until 31st of August, an exhibition in which 16 contemporary artists from Africa and Latin America are participating. ‘Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America’ presents authors’ complexities in diverse and innovative ways. The exhibition celebrates and explores the parallels between their different and diverse cultures, presenting difficulties of various contemporary and innovative way.
Through 15 rooms, the exhibition explores different cultures and their creative practices, which begin to receive recognition in a world of increasingly globalized art. The first room contains one of the most impressive works, House Taken (2013), by the Colombian artist Rafael Gómezbarros. Hundreds of ants, formed by human skulls fused, up the walls of the installation by referring to the difficult situation of millions of displaced people. They constitute an invisible mass of immigrants , though omnipresent, crossing the planet. Ants usually associated with hard work and a complex social organization, become ghosts of the disappeared.
Another featured artist is the Peruvian Joseph Carlo Martinat, whose art is on the interface of the real and virtual worlds, inspired by the architecture and cyberspace. His multimedia sculptural installation and assembly, such as Superficial Exercise (2011), incorporate a variety of materials and strategies to reflect on existing preconceptions regarding where things belong.
In room 3 is the work of the Brazilian artist Antonio Malta Campos, whose paintings begin with a simple pattern that is transformed through creative processes in a complex interlacing of visual layers. In his Figures in Red (2004) the assessment of the overall composition gives rise to the perception of existing narratives: no sound intensity of the conversation of a couple and lonely characters in minimal landscape, looking straight into the void or watching as lost heroes.
Other Latin American artists are Puerto Rican José Lerma, whose works illustrate the rise and fall of powerful historical figures, such as Samuel Bernard (2010), the Colombian Oscar Murillo, whose works embrace recycling as a gesture of adaptation (American Dark, 2012) or Christian Rosa, an artist from Brazil who by using pencil, spray and oil paint creates large canvases in his pictorial universe where an abstract colour and form living in their own mystery.
The works in this exhibition, which includes painting, photography, installation and sculpture, encompass the diversity and energy that emerges from the African and Latin American continent.