Thiago Martins de Melo
Deus Cortado, 2016-2017
Site-specific mixed media installation featuring painting, sculpture and stop-motion video
presented by GAMMA GALERÍA
Developed as a site-specific installation for Untitled, Miami Beach, that takes into consideration the historical and geographical contexts of both Miami and Pre-colonial America, Deus Cortado is a multidimensional project that seeks to display the intrinsic dialog between the indigenous past of the Americas and the cultural hegemony imposed by western ideologies.
The title of the project has several meanings and implications: the word “deus” refers to the literal and metaphorical representation of a deity who demands to be worshiped, and the word “cortado” in Portuguese carries the connotation of both oppression and mutilation. Beyond the depiction of a specific “god” or character, the relation of the title to the work itself is purposely subjective and open to multiple interpretations. The sociopolitical nature of the work will adhere to the metaphorical use of symbols and characters while creating a diverse dialog that is derived from knowledge and traditions.
The element of the ocean and its inherent relation to the American continent plays a critical role within the installation by bringing together several contexts and historical events that relate to the notion of cultural identity in both past and present times. Taking into consideration the traditions and beliefs of the original settlers and tribes that inhabited Florida before it was invaded by the Europeans, one of the purposes of the installation is to reevaluate the historical relation that society has with nature.
Deus Cortado is presented by GAMMA GALERÍA (Guadalajara).