Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin De Burca: RISE

24 October 2019 – 31 January 2020

About the Exhibition

A Film By

BÁRBARA WAGNER & BENJAMIN DE BURCA

Run Time

20 minutes

Galleries

Shumiatcher Theatre

This 2018 experimental documentary by Brazilian artists Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin De Burca, explores how rhythm, spoken word and dance are implemented by performers to creatively express their personal relationships to identity and self-representation. The cast, made up mainly of first and second-generation immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa, are members of the group R.I.S.E (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) — a youth-led movement who organize weekly poetry slams in suburban community centres to provide artistic, personal, social, and spiritual opportunities for youths in the Greater Toronto Area.

Shot on the recently expanded Line 1 of the Toronto Transit Commission’s subway system, Wagner and De Burca see the subway tunnels as a literal cypher used by the performers to connect with one another and the rest of the world.

RISE has been shown nationally and internationally at the Bienal de Sao Paulo in San Paulo, Brazil (2018), Berlinale in Berlin, Germany (2019), and the first Toronto Biennial of Art (2019).

Works in the Exhibition

RISE, still. 2K, colour, 5.1 sound, 20 min. Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, 2018.

RISE, still. 2K, colour, 5.1 sound, 20 min. Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, 2018.

RISE, still. 2K, colour, 5.1 sound, 20 min. Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, 2018.

RISE, still. 2K, colour, 5.1 sound, 20 min. Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, 2018.

RISE, still. 2K, colour, 5.1 sound, 20 min. Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, 2018.

RISE, still. 2K, colour, 5.1 sound, 20 min. Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, 2018.

About the Artists

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin De Burca are based in Recife, Brazil. Exploring the boundary between documentary and fiction, their work investigates the role of performance in daily life, and the translation of ideas and styles across countries and cultures. They are interested in how popular culture absorbs and interprets the images and phenomena of everyday life.

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