Tate Modern Film

Taboo and Totem

Arthur Omar Triste Trópico [Sad Tropics] 1974, film still. Courtesy the artist

Explore how Tropicália challenged cultural perception in this dynamic film pairing

This programme presents two films that work against traditional modes of perception to offer vastly different visions of Brazil. Arthur Omar’s Triste Trópico [Sad Tropics] follows a doctor’s travels from Brazil to Paris and back again, where he connects with the traditions of Indigenous messianism. This singular film reconfigures the grammar of cinema through a layered tapestry of ethnographic texts, images and artefacts.

Pedro Neves Marques’ Semente Exterminadora [Exterminator Seed] emerges in a different register, but is similarly aimed at generating a revolution in perceptual habits. The film approaches Indigenous knowledges as a radical means of reconceiving the relationship between humans and their environment in the twenty-first century.

Programme

Pedro Neves Marques, Semente Exterminadora [Exterminator Seed], Portugal/Brazil 2017, 4K transferred to HD video, colour, sound, 29 min, Portuguese with English subtitles

Arthur Omar, Triste Trópico [Sad Tropics], Brazil 1974, 35mm, colour, sound, 77 min, Portuguese with English subtitles

The screening is followed by a discussion with Pedro Neves Marques and an audience Q&A.

Pedro Neves Marques, Semente Exterminadora [Exterminator Seed], 2017, film still. Courtesy the artist

Pedro Neves Marques, Semente Exterminadora [Exterminator Seed], 2017, film still. Courtesy the artist

Arthur Omar Triste Trópico [Sad Tropics] 1974, film still. Courtesy the artist

Arthur Omar Triste Trópico [Sad Tropics] 1974, film still. Courtesy the artist

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

11 November 2017 at 12.00–14.30