Jaime Lauriano participates on the show Coleção Sartori – A arte contemporânea habita Antônio Prado” with the works “Brinquedo de furar moletom (polícia militar 1)” e “Não respeitamos símbolos racistas”, which are part of Paulo Sartori’s collection.

In the series “Brinquedos de furar moletom” [Toy that pierces sweatpants], exhibited for the first time at MAC Niterói, the artist creates a small barricade made of “colonial bricks”. Above this wall are miniatures of transports related to militarism, defense and violence. Gun bullets used by military police officers were collected in different cities in Brazil and constitute the iron that make up the material of these replicas.

The histories of colonialism in Latin America and its traumatic effects on contemporaneity are one of the centers of interest for Jaime Lauriano’s research. The title of the work was taken from a verse of the song “Vida loka parte 1”, by the rap group Racionais MCs.

The series of works, “E se o apedrejado fosse você”, recreates the illustrations of maps and nautical letters, one of the most emblematic scenes in recent history – the crusades and the “discovery of the new world”. However, differently from the original version, which used a wide range of colours to highlight the vitality of the newly explored region, Lauriano simplifies it to a simple black and white overlay. It is, therefore, a reinterpretation of the first efforts to represent the colonisation system and its exploitation of enslaved labour, the first proletariat of what would later be consolidated as a “country”. The harmony found and exalted in the originals is disturbed by the inscription of the terms epistemicide, genocide, racial democracy and structural racism taken from books that guide the construction of the History of Brazil. The phrase that gives title to this series of drawings and that we find inscribed in the drawings was taken from posters of demonstrations against “religious racism” in Brazil. In these demonstrations, practitioners of religions of African-Brazilian origin protest against the violence imposed on their bodies and their temples.

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