Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

2019 Archive

The photographs and films of Bárbara Wagner (born in Brasilia, Brazil; lives in Recife, Brazil) and Benjamin de Burca (born in Munich, Germany; lives in Recife, Brazil) have explored the boundary between documentary between fiction, the role performance plays in daily life, and the translation of ideas and styles across cultures. Their show at Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo took as its jumping-off point the movement RISE, which relies on spoken-word performances and has been used in Canada to educate marginalized youths.


Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

In Wagner and de Burca’s experimental film RISE, poets, rappers, and musicians who belong to the collective R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) perform agitprop edutainment in the Toronto underground. R.I.S.E. is comprised of young, mainly first-and second-generation immigrants from the Caribbean for whom rhythm and poetry is an act of…