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Calma Takes Tokyo

May 02, 2014
Stephan Doitschinoff: Jurema Preta

Say the name ‘Calma’ in São Paulo, and local art aficionados will instantly conjure up artist Stephan Doitschinoff, whose street alias translates both into ‘calm’ from Portuguese and ‘soul’ from Latin. The son of an Evangelical minister, Doitschinoff creates paintings and murals that uniquely blend Afro-Brazilian folklore and religious traditions, notably employing imagery of the church to represent mass corruption. Now considered an important figure for his oeuvre, which has graced gallery walls in global cities as well as public spaces throughout rural towns and cities in Brazil, Doitschinoff makes his debut in Japan at Tokyo’s Diesel Art Gallery with an exhibit titled Jurema Preta.
Curated by Berlin publisher Gestalten, Jurema Preta provides a comprehensive look at Doitschinoff’s artistic universe, presenting his visual vocabulary of icons and symbols through a wide variety of medias including works on paper, canvas, and short films, along with lithographs, serigraphs, woodcuts and porcelains. With main concepts including paganism, Latin text, and ‘pichacao’ (São Paulo-style graffiti), Calma’s work is a sure-fire conversation starter this far west of the Pacific. Plus, visitors can pick up signed editions of Doitschinoff’s second monograph ‘Cras’, exclusively available at Diesel until the exhibit ends. 

Until 23 May, 2014.
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