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Barbara Balaclava

Thiago Martins de Melo
Brazil | 2022 | 14’55 | National preview

Bárbara balaclava is a metanarrative based on the stories existing in the work of Thiago Martins de Melo and read through tarot. Cosmogonic, Baroque, hybrid and cyclical, runs the trajectory of an anonymous martyr from the expropriation and massacre of her village and her death under police torture to her experience as “enchanted” finding herself in previous incarnation and culminating in her baptism in the heart of Pindorama. Bárbara balaclava is an anarcho-shamanistic narrative of the transcendence of the anti-colonialist struggle.

Direction: Thiago Martins de Melo
Screenplay, Animation: Thiago Martins de Melo
Editing: Guilherme Fogagnoli
Production: Renato Ranquine, Samantha Moreira

Thiago Martins de Melo

Thiago Martins de Melo’s work has been shown in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, and can be found at international collections like The Perez Art Museum and Institute of Contemporary Art, in Miami, Astrup Fearnley Museum, in Oslo, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, in Vienna, Gilberto Chateaubriand, in Rio de Janeiro, among others. Master in Behavior Theory and Research from Federal University of Pará, Brazil, Thiago Martins de Melo has been featured in articles for specialized publications. The most recent, Art Under Bolsonaro Turns to Brazil’s Rural Frontier, was published at Frieze Magazine in March, 2020.