WHEN LIFE TURNS EUPHORIC
With its range of media and expressions, Joana Lira’s graphic art conveys the emotion of someone talking from and about home. It is in the boiling and multicultural melting pot of the Pernambuco Carnival that she makes profound connections between people and stories. Just as colors, music, costumes, dances and characters galore project and transform spirituality into festivities and revelry, the artist breaths in and shares this collective and enrapturing strength.
Joana expresses a form of visual anthropology through void and receptive black lines that enable expansion into geometric shapes and vibrant colors, in addition to glimpses of the local fauna, flora and symbolism. At the same time, her work implies and explicitates senses of euphoria, joy and sensuality. By this we mean aesthetic ties and the constitution of a subject in connection with the city of Recife, acknowledging and activating her roots, in addition to fostering a novel aesthetic education by means of the sensitization of the eye.
By pursuing an experiential tone without going down retrospective lines, the exhibition crosses, immersive and documentary situations of the culture of Carnival, reflecting on how Joana Lira’s depictions interact with people’s feelings and emotions. The transcendence and manifestation of a multitude of colors and images from the erudite to the popular, expressed as costumes, magic, sexuality, myth, humor: the essence of the experience of Carnival in the streets.
Mamé Shimabukuro, curator
Quando a Vida é uma Euforia Exhibition, Jan/2018