tokyo: jurema preta

© gestalten / photography: miki matsushima

stephan doitschinoff is a self-taught brazilian artist based são paulo. the son of an evangelical minister, he was not only subjected to the effects of christian fundamentalism and a strict education, but also witnessed a lenghty military regime in his homeland. these circumstances have, in addition to a string of incidents, have rendered him the highly eclectic creative and personality that he is today. his artwork references a myriad of elements - of which christian symbolism takes up a large chunk - that have crossed his life path, and which he puts to use in a new vocabulary all his own. currently on at diesel art gallery in tokyo is doitschinoff's first ever show in japan. entitled jurema preta, the exhibition is curated by berlin-based publisher gestalten

it features an insight in the artist’s unique universe of icons and symbols through a wide variety of medias, including works on paper and canvas, lithographs, serigraphs, woodcuts, porcelain and a selection of short films [on through may 23]. in conjunction with the show, visitors can obtain signed copies of doitschinoff’s second monograph, published by gestalten and entitled cras. the new book includes impressive close-ups that capture the complexity of his work as well as a series of illuminated texts that were created specifically for this publication. mind you, the artist will be visiting diesel art gallery on sat - mar 15 [5pm-7pm] for a special book signing session...don't miss! location: cocoti building, 1-23-16-b1f shibuya [shibuya].

© gestalten / photography: miki matsushima