“The works presented here were based on the following extract from Jean Hatzfeld’s Machete Season. The works all draw analogies with the daily reality of life in underdeveloped regions and the socio-cultural situations of occupied territories, customs and humdrum elements.”
Jean-Baptiste: “No one was going to their fields anymore. Why dig in the dirt when we were harvesting without working, eating our fill without growing a thing? The only chore was to bury ba- nanas in pits, out in abandoned banana groves, to allow the next batch of urwagwa to ferment. We became lazy. We did not bury the bodies-it was wasted effort-except, of course, if by bad luck a Tutsi was killed in his own field, which would bring a stench, dogs, and voracious animals”.
Paulo Nimer Pjota’s work is full of images, colours, symbols and supports that dialogue with emerging sociocultural principles, exploring, on narrow walls, the relations between culture and survival and how they apply to aesthetics and everyday life.