Patent from October 28th to December 30th | 10am-6pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
Location: Lagos Cultural Center – Exhibition Rooms 2 and 3
Org.: CM Lagos
Opening on October 27th.
This photography exhibition appears as part of the defense and appreciation of traditional Xávega Art in Meia Praia. At a national level, and with a certain regularity, it is in Lagos that this art presents itself as the only truly genuine one, as it uses unique coordination and manual strength in almost the entire process. Similar arts that still operate, mainly in the north of the country, use machinery, which distorts sharing, in addition to promoting harmful ecological problems.
In a world where speed and individualism prevail, community activities like this are rare, where there is no room for prejudice or any type of distinction. Everyone is welcome – old and new, natives and foreigners, experienced and first-time participants, men and women, united in the pleasure of collaborating in a huge collective effort, even without a certain result. Master Zé Bala’s experience, combined with the strength and direction of the winds and currents, the sun and the phase of the moon, will dictate the result of the fishing and, consequently, the share given to each person.
This cultural heritage, with roots in distant times, is an integral part of the intangible cultural heritage of the fishing community of Lagos. Due to a series of vicissitudes, mainly external, its future is uncertain. May our generation know how to find the means to preserve and continue this artisanal fishing technique.
This exhibition portrays interpersonal dynamics, simultaneously with man’s procedures and complicities with nature. It will result in an ethnographic contribution to the integration of this art into the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.