Cat did it!

Solo exhibition at Commonage, London  (July - September 2021)

Photo credits: Reinis Lismanis

The site-specific installation for Commonage is an investigation into themes of concealment, deception and escapism to explore the similarities between zoological and human behaviours. Brazão explores various forms of communication through signifiers and symbols, abstract and familiar.

The exhibition draws on research around Hanabiko or Koko, a female Gorilla who allegedly communicated through a form of sign language and could mimic her human counterpoints. Specifically referenced is one instance where Koko breaks a sink and is said to have blamed her cat. With sculptures and a large-scale textile work, that suggests maps of both landscapes and bodies, Brazão plays with open narratives through anthropological inquiry, symbolism and humour. The installation becomes a metaphor for how we may attempt to absolve ourselves physically and metaphysically.

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