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JosĂŠ Oliveira

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Portugal

Natural Fighters is a research on the symbiosis between the human being and nature, on the meeting of the two and on the way man uses conflict and fighting in order to overcome a critical situation. Sometimes the similarities between man and animal are revealed through instinct or necessity. How we live in the environment is a mirror of how we live with those similar to us.

Why Spiders Are Always Found in the Corners of Ceilings? is one of the ancient children’s stories about an important character in West Africa, Anansi. His tales are always posing ethical and moral questions through his bad actions. Anansi is a greedy man, even towards his own family, and when is caught red-handed he feels such shame that he turns into a spider and hides himself in the corners of the ceilings. In the illustrations, JosÊ Oliveira tried to evoke the African environment, its aspect impoverished yet at the same time made elegant by the presence of small things like the colours and texture that are so characteristic of the continent. The artist also wanted to leave in the illustrations little details that may refer us to situations in our day and age that bear some resemblance to the protagonist of this story.

Natural Fighters, 2011 Digital print on forex Dimensions: 20 x 30 cm (3 fotos), 40 x 50 cm (2 fotos) Courtesy: the artists

Why Spiders Are Always Found in the Corners of Ceilings?, 2009 Photography and acrylic Dimensions: 27 x 50 x 20 cm Courtesy: the artist

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