Painting and samba - the art of Oiticica



This performance recreates the groundbreaking work of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica. Frustrated by the limitations of painting, Oiticica devoted himself to finding ways in which painting could be taken off the gallery walls and out into 3-dimensional space. One result was his ‘Parangolés’ of the mid-1960s. Literally habitable paintings, they were designed to be worn while dancing to the rhythm of samba. They came out of his involvement with the people of Mangueira Hill, a Rio de Janeiro shanty town, and Mangueira’s famous samba school. The artist’s nephew, César Oiticica Fihlo, takes up the story.