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The tradition of Equatorial Guinean textile craft

Equatorial Guinean artist Plácido ‘Pocho’ Guimaraes is welcomed to South Africa by EBONY CAPE TOWN for his first solo exhibition – Actions and Reflections – with the gallery.

Plácido ‘Pocho’ Guimaraes (Malabo – Equatorial Guinea, 1951) currently lives in Madrid, Spain and carries on the tradition of Equatorial Guinean textile craft practice that has been passed down from'Actions and Reflections generation to generation in local communities and Bubi culture. By contemporising these traditions he also uses dance, symbols and experiences to enrich his current works, reconnecting with his cultural and family roots. Guimaraes is a disciple of Josep Grau-Garriga and uses the high heddle technique rather than traditional looms. The unusual materials he incorporates into his work are fabrics of African origin; old newspapers and waste materials, as well as objects found in the cities and natural environments around Malabo and Madrid. These found, residual objects and elements are loaded with personal or family meanings and each of the works he produces refers to a specific theme and reality of his immediate environment: his political dissidence, family customs and rituals.

Touch and the tactile nature of his work are highly important elements to help narrate the personal stories of Bubi culture, so relevant to his history.

EBONY CAPE TOWN invite you to a a performance by the artist at the opening on Thursday at 7pm.

This exhibition will be available to view in person and on Artsy.

WHAT: :’Actions and Reflections’ – Plácido ‘Pocho’ Guimaraes
WHERE:EBONY/CURATED Cape Town, 67 Loop Street, Cape Town 8001
WHEN: Opening from 5 – 8 pm 4 August – 24 September 2022 | Gallery hours: Mon to Fri o9h30 – 17h00 Sat 09h30 – 13h00
INFO: T +27 (0)21 424 9985 | E | Visit 

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