Guerreiro do Divino Amor “Superfictional Sanctuaries” at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève

The exhibition premieres The Miracle of Helvetia, a work commissioned by the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève with the support of the Embassy of Foreign Artists and DAAD. As the sixth and latest chapter of the artist’s ongoing research project, Superfictions, The Miracle of Helvetia explores what makes up the Swiss collective imagination and national identity.

The Superfictions saga began in Brussels in 2005 aiming to create a “Superfictional World Atlas.” The research process typically starts in the territory which will become the artist’s subject. Guerreiro do Divino Amor combines his own experience with digital archaeology, excavating and reappropriating institutional corporative iconographies and narratives. His Superfictions therefore materialize into films, publications, backlit animated panels, installations and performative conferences. The science fiction aesthetics is a way to shed light on reality and its inner workings.

Six chapters have already been produced by the artist, from Brussels to Rio de Janeiro, all of them being interrelated. At the same time obsessive, grandiose and ironic, these fictional portraits include different perspectives that grasp the historical, social, media-related political and religious identity of a territory. By calling upon collective imagination, the artist reveals the impact that fictions of various kinds have on the development of civilization and how a collective understanding of nations and cities is created.

At the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Guerreiro do Divino Amor presents for the first time all existing Superfictions, turning the institution into a superfictional sanctuary. Moving image works are presented within installations including large-scale backlit panels and sculptures. The Miracle of Helvetia is the central work of the exhibition, taking up three rooms in an immersive temple-like construction.

at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
until August 7, 2022

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