Committed to the Brazilian artistic scene, the Salon H gallery wanted to give Rodrigo Braga carte blanche for the next edition of Photo saint Germain. Born in 1976 in the big city of Manaus, lost in the middle of the Amazon jungle, the artist, after having gained wide recognition in his country, where he is exhibited and collected by the greatest Brazilian museums, decided to go into exile in France following the populist turn embodied by Jair Bolsonaro, and its disastrous consequences on the Amazon environment.
In fact the question of the struggle between the human species and its natural environment constitutes the common thread of the artist's work. sWhat distinguishes us as biological beings? What relationship do we have with the animal, vegetable and mineral worlds? How far can our predatory impulses take us? These are all questions that Braga answers by mobilizing multiple plastic resources, engaging his body his work, and by making nature his experimental workshop.
By turns biologist, naturalist, geologist, archaeologist, anthropologist, shaman, Braga knows how to draw from his origins, his personal history, and the collective unconscious, the symbols and archetypes that will give the documentation of his actions a powerful impact.
Through a selection of photographs showing the artist's face metamorphosis by incorporating animal organs, where the mimicry between the plant and animal world is a disturbing echo of future disturbances, or where the shaman artist seems to be initiating a ritual of rebirth in an environment that has become mineral, the exhibition should allow us to discover the singular journey of this essential artist.
Imagined as a 21st century salon, Salon H was born from the desire to share best picks and ideas in the fields of visual arts and contemporary creation.
By presenting diverse media of expression, the Salon H's aim is to discover and to amaze. Since 2021, the gallery is committed to promoting the Brazilian art scene.