Mobile Art Space for the Artists (MASA)
By Tony Paraná and Ibraim Nascimento
The exhibition will be part of the Latino Arts Now (LAN) 2019
Opening reception: Saturday February 2nd, 3-8pm
3705 Lyons Ave, Houston, Texas 77007
Orixás: The African Diaspora and its Relationship with Nature’s Elements
In Brazil, developed into the spiritual practice of Candomblé, orixás or deities, are recognized as divine forces of nature. In the city of Salvador, Bahia, the orixás have become religious and cultural symbols of the city’s rich African presence.
These symbols can be found in both traditional and contemporary cultural life. For both, the devotee who has undergone a strict initiation process as well as for the non-initiated who looks to this tradition for spiritual inspiration and connection to the spiritual world.
According to the Yoruba tradition, after the world was created, each orixá received divine energy called axé, which gave the orixás the ability to rule over certain areas of the material world. Each orixá also represents a certain aspect of nature both inside and outside of the religious context. For example: Oxalá corresponds to the air that we breathe and Oyá/Iansã to the winds; Iemanjá is found in the oceans and on beaches; Oxum can be found in the rivers and waterfalls; to contact Oxóssi, the hunter; Ogum, the warrior; and Ossaim, who rules the sacred leaves, the clue is in the forests and to get close to Xangô, the god of thunder and lightning, one goes to a stone quarry as it is very dangerous to be close to a lightning rod.
Together, the artists Tony Paraná and Ibraim Nascimento, will explore the world of the Orixás from each of their own unique individual perspectives and experiences as artistas Baianos (Bahian artists) and members of the African Diaspora.