Brazil: Verse and Reverse

This experimental video consists of a hybrid narrative that intercalates allegories imagined and enacted in Brazil with the daily routine of an immigrant in the US that takes care of his child and while watching from the distance a fascist movement taking over his country.

  • Dulphe Pinheiro-Machado
  • Dulphe Pinheiro-Machado
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    18 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2019
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    0 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil, United States
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  • Berkeley, CA
    United States
    September 30, 2021
    North American Premire
Director Biography - Dulphe Pinheiro-Machado

Dulphe Pinheiro-Machado holds a MFA in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and a MS in Political Science from UFRGS, Brazil. Pinheiro-Machado showed his work in solo and collective exhibitions in Brazil and the US. He was a resident at the Laboratory for New Media of the Image and Sound Museum of São Paulo, Brazil. In 2015, he was among the selected to develop a VR project at the Samsung Virtual Reality Lab. He was a fellow of the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Visual Artists. He lives and works in Queens, New York.

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Director Statement

I am a multimedia artist and my work addresses political issues related to immigration, colonialism and gender issues. I am currently developing a body of work in response to the rise of ultra right wing movements in the world and mainly in Brazil, my native country.
My work focuses on the dualities that bring about the paradoxes of the American Continent: colonial past versus decadent republic, rural versus urban, nature versus man, industrial versus artisanal: all confrontations that lead to the movement of people – (im)migration.
I believe that the process of making something adds to the idea of it and in response creates a dialogue between “creation and creator”. I do what I can with what I have. This inherited from Latin American, and more specifically, Brazilian culture where the precariousness of the materials has always defined the formal relation of the work of art with its social context. In Latin America, to improvise with materials doesn’t mean that you do not care about your work, it means quite the opposite, that the artist can overcome any financial or physical barrier to bring their idea to life.