Jorge Dias

“Casulos” (Cocoons), 2017

Jorge Dias, Casulos, 2017, Photo: Hans-Georg Gaul

Jorge Dias is a founding member of the Movement of Contemporary Art of Mozambique (MUVART). He belongs to a generation of artists who grew up in the post-colonial context and with a pluralistic cultural background. These artists deliberately turn away from African art reduced to the aspect of the exotic, instead looking for discontinuity and new artistic forms. Newspapers, plastic and textiles serve the Mozambican artist Jorge Dias as material for his cocoons (“casulos“), which he forms with cord and wire into tubular, organic structures. They are symbolic of transformation, both the permanent transformation of the individual and the cyclic further developments on social and technological levels.