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Title

Follies of a guardian angel 1-8

1993

Artist

Ana Maria Pacheco

Brazil, England

1943 -

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    England
    Date
    1993
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    8 prints; drypoint; printed on Somerset TP 300gsm
    Edition
    19/20
    Dimensions
    31.5 x 29.0 cm mounted
    Credit
    Gift of John Clark 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    196.2020.a-h
    Artist information
    Ana Maria Pacheco

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    This set of eight miniature prints not only humorously relates to Christian mythology and pageantry, but also to ideas of realism and symbolism that have been part of the colonial legacy of Brazil since the 16th century. In much of the oral literature of Brazil, stories follow moral tales of good and bad, with transgressions resulting in humans transforming into animals. Christianity arrived in Brazil through Franciscan and Dominican friars who attempted to convert the Indigenous population. In the process, a mixture of the pagan characters and supernatural beings have been integrated into Christian rituals celebrated there today.

    In the'Follies of a guardian angel' series, this transformation becomes visible as a humanised figure is altered by wearing what seem to be various masks. The mask is an emblem of the carnivalesque, portraying humour and chaos, satirising taboos, and symbolising a space where prostitutes, criminals, devils and fools are sanctified. A divine angel becomes grotesque. Perhaps more discomforting, the ‘fallen’ angel appears to be enjoying itself. Mischievous, playful and rebellious, this guardian angel is relishing the freedom that disguise brings.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    England

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