Finok’s works are also inspired by the geometric patterns and strong contrasting col- ours of Senhor do Bonfim ribbons, a typical amulet from the city of Salvador, Bahia. It is common to find them tied around the wrist, the ankle, or even tied to church gates. Tradition says that the use of these ribbons comes from the ancient custom of using strips of clothing from saints for luck or protection. However, as time went by, the clothing of saints became increasingly difficult to find and, therefore, they were gradually replaced by coloured ribbons. Nowadays, the use of these ribbons has been mis-characterised and lost, being used as decoration, and even advertisement.
‘Identity Loss’ presents works that discuss the relationship of the current world, ques- tioning the identity in different cultures, and how this is inserted and mixed in our lives. Finok uses his own identity and roots in Brazil to examine this, visually exploring many traditions. Including the relationship between carnival in Brazil and it’s identity that was forgotten, and then re-intrepreted for the contemporary globalised world.
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