Cabelo - foto Vicente de Mello _72dpi



To begin with, I don’t belong to myself.
I’m a
horse* of the world. Poetry’s vehicle.
In such a
condition, I’m much more a “what” than a “who.”
That which they call cabelo is not only one,
many, like the hair that grows on one’s head.
possessed by entities, energies, acting jointly or
separately. Like one or two soccer teams.
The combination of these forces guides the body.
That kind of spaceship, or octopus, or now-mobile,
we might say, plunges in different densities,
sailing the instant. Thus goes the arrow.
Along its course, its crew, its tentacles, collect
what they find and display it on the deck:
gifts fished on the bedless flux.

*”horse” is the medium who embodies a spirit or orixá in some Afro-Brazilian rituals.

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Raul Mourão


Raul Mourão was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1967. He studied at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage and has been exhibiting his work — that includes the production of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, texts, installations and performances — since 1991.

In 2010, the artist began a series of kinetic sculptures shown in the following solo exhibitions: Tração Animal, Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro; Cuidado Quente, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo; Homenagem ao Cubo, Lurixs Contemporary Art, Rio de Janeiro; Processo, Studio X, Rio de Janeiro; and Toque Devagar, Tiradentes Square, Rio de Janeiro. And also in group exhibitions such as From the Margin to the Edge, Sommerset House, London; Projetos (in)Provados, Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro; Ponto de Equilí­brio, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo; Mostra Paralela 2010, Liceu de Artes e Ofícios, São Paulo; and Travessias, Centro de Arte Bela Maré, Rio de Janeiro.

As a curator and producer, Mourão organized solo exhibitions of Brazilian artists Fernanda Gomes, Cabelo, Tatiana Grinberg, Brigida Baltar and João Modé, among others, and the group exhibitions Travessias 2 (Galpão Bela Maré, Rio de Janeiro), Love’s House (Hotel Love’s House, Rio de Janeiro) and Outra Coisa (Museu Vale, Vila Velha). He was the editor of the art magazines The Carioca and Item and made the overall coordination of the multimedia show FreeZone, which brought together artists from various fields curated by the poet Chacal, in Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Porto Alegre and São Paulo. Along with Eduardo Coimbra, Luiza Mello and Ricardo Basbaum, he created and directed the gallery Agora, in the neighborhood of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, between 2000 and 2002.

In 2005, the artist published the book ARTEBRA, by Casa da Palavra, and In 2011 MOV, by Automatica Editions.

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