Camilo Pachón is a Colombian artist based in Münsterland, Germany, who explores the ritual, political, spiritual and transformative dimensions of the mask as a ubiquitous cultural artefact to open doors for identity shifts, spiritual experiences, freedom, sexuality and the relationship between body and nature.
His work is an anthropological exploration of similar costume and mask traditions around the world, contextualising Latin American, European and African carnival and costume practices – it is also socially engaged and encompasses a wide range of media and formats, from photography and film to performance and installation.
To explore traditional carnival cultures as well as the spiritual, socio-political and cultural implications of celebration as a form of public assembly, the viewer is invited into a universe that transcends the image and embodies rituals, spiritual characters and otherworldly symbolism.
Even the gods have a downer and dance reggaeton – Celebration as a form of cultural resistance
During the violent suppression of ancestor worship, traditional festivals and ritual practices by colonisation, the indigenous peoples of Latin America hid their deities and beliefs under the cover of the Catholic Church and reinterpreted them. While at the same time holding on to their own cultural richness, a fusion of religious practice and belief occurred in this way. Self-determined reinterpretations of ritual festivals and dances play a central role today, not only in Latin American carnival, but the colourful spectacle serves as an expression of a complex belief system and a channel for cultural resistance…
Latin American vibez & beats invite you to dance – feel free to come in your flashiest costume and celebrate art & life with us!!!
28.-30.04.2023 Gallery Weekend Berlin
Opening Friday 28.04. 19:00 – 23:00
29.+30.04. 12:00 – 19:00
Facetime with the demons – Live Performance by Andy Anderson
Scaring away the bad ̈juju ̈ – Music by SacaSal (Amuleto Manuela & Calamidades Lola ) COL