As the military dictatorship made its presence felt in Brazil in the late 60s, many of the country’s artists went into exile, such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Hélio Oiticica. This film brings together Brazilian cult filmmaker Ivan Cardoso’s kaleidoscopic exploration of Oiticica’s artistic practice with the films of Jorge O Mourão, who followed a similar diasporic trajectory.
Mourão’s films, a collection of autobiographical performance pieces, constitute visceral reactions to the authoritarian regime in Brazil and channel the paranoia and claustrophobia of his generation through the disjunction of sound and image. With Shave & Send presented with live incidental sound, here is an unprecedented chance to encounter the work of an intriguing exponent of experimental cinema.
Ivan Cardoso, H.O., Brazil 1979, 35mm transferred to HD, colour, sound, 13 min, Portuguese with English subtitles
Jorge O Mourão, Pátria, Brazil 1977, Super 8 transferred to digital, colour, sound, 3 min
Jorge O Mourão, Brasil 1.872.000 Minutes / Noves Fora?, Brazil 1976/7, Super 8 transferred to digital, colour, sound, 19 min
Jorge O Mourão, Shave & Send, United States 1977, Super 8 transferred to digital, colour, incidental sounds, 16 min
Jorge O Mourão, Costumes da Casa, United States 1977, Super 8 transferred to digital, colour, sound, 9 min
The programme is followed by a discussion with Jorge Mourão and an audience Q&A.
Please note: this programme contains scenes of a sexually explicit nature.