Curated by Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director, MASP; Guilherme Giufrida, assistant curator, MASP; and Ibã Huni Kuin, guest curator, MAHKU: Mirações (Visions) is an exhibit based on Huni Kuin culture, an indigenous people from Brazil and Peru. Bringing together 108 paintings, drawings and sculptures that originate from translations and recordings of songs as well as myths and stories about Huni Kuin ancestry, the title of the exhibition at MASP refers to the visual experiences generated by nixi pae rituals—which involve the ingestion of ayahuasca—called visions.
The overall objective of the “MAHKU group seems to be to build sustainable paths by developing a policy of association as a means of empowerment,” notes curator Guilherme Giufrida. “In other words, they are interested in producing and facilitating the passage between worlds, always with the risk and awareness of the distances and asymmetries, which can be controlled and guided by the power of storytelling, songs, the images they produce, and the ethical sense of survival of their modes of existence.”
The show aims to extend knowledge about and among the Huni Kuin, as well as to understand the contribution of their work to contemporary art.
MAHKU: Mirações (Visions)
On display until June 4, 2023
Av. Paulista, 1578.
São Paulo/SP, Brazil
Opening hours: Tuesday—free admission, 10am-8pm (entry until 7pm); Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-6pm (entry until 5pm); closed on Mondays.