Galo Preto (Black Rooster)
November 22, 2016
Because modernizing the past is also an artistic evolution. Galo Preto is an art collective of free exploration focusing on cultural, social, historical, political, religious and artistic Latin American roots, mostly from Brazil and Mexico. Galo Preto establishes a particular universe that allows for the creation of new forms of communication and expression in the Latin American region.
Galo Preto is an art collective that was born in the historical city of Olinda in Pernambuco, Brazil. Galo Preto is formed by two Latin American artists, Bozó Bacamarte (Recife, Pe., Brazil) and Carlos Colín (Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico). Working from two different latitudes: Olinda, Brazil and Vancouver, Canada, the art collective presents an exchange between North and South, Mexico, Brazil, and Canada. Looking to the south, Galo Preto is projecting theories, cultures, and knowledge from the local to the global to generate an understanding of the value of diversity and similitude between Latin American countries such as Brazil and Mexico.
Galo Preto is a syncretic inheritance from colonialism, independence, revolution, foreign intervention, social struggle, rites, processions, and Latin American myths. Since its original interdisciplinary formation, we consider and integrate artistic movements such as Movimento Armorial (the Armorial Movement in Brazil), Muralismo (Muralism in Mexico), Tercer Cine (Third Cinema from Argentina) and A Estética da Fome (the Aesthetics of Hunger from Brazil), Tropicália (Tropicalism in Brazil), and Arte Naco (Naco Art in Mexico) just to name a few. Galo Preto investigates the field of art drawing from Latin American artisanal crafts, folk art, street art, contemporary art, cinema, architecture, theatre, literature, performance, etc., with the goal of constantly maintaining an expanded field from which to form, think, and produce a multifaceted art. The collective is always consuming and cannibalising, anthropofagically speaking, what happens in the Latin American region.
Galo Preto is hunger and marginal art consolidated as the centre of artistic creation. Agarrar pueblo is a solution towards the emancipation of art and culture in Latin America; in Galo Preto we speak portonhol and we give language classes.