CAPTAIN GERVASIO'S FAMILY | 2013-2014

<p>Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj, still from <em>Captain Gervasio's Family</em>, 2013/2014.</p>

Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj, still from Captain Gervasio's Family, 2013/2014.

Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj, still from Captain Gervasio's Family, 2013/2014.

Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj, still from Captain Gervasio's Family, 2013/2014.

Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj, still from Captain Gervasio's Family, 2013/2014. 16mm film projection, concrete and wood. 16 minutes. Courtesy of the artists, Galeria Fortes Vilaça and Ellen De Bruijne Projects. Produced with support from the Danish Arts Foundation.

Captain Gervasio’s Family is a 16mm black and white silent portrait of a Spiritist community in Palmelo, a small town in the interior of Brazil. It’s a town of 2000 inhabitants, half of whom are psychic mediums. The film refers to a map drawn by a Spiritist woman in Palmelo, charting twenty astral cities hovering above the whole of the Brazilian territory. Cities ‘like those on earth, but infinitely more perfect’. The Spiritists in Palmelo practice what is known as ‘the magnetic chain’, a legacy from the German physician Franz Mesmer, the founder of Spiritism Allan Kardec, and the French botanist François Deleuze. The film is a collaboration between the artists Tamar Guimaraes (BR) and Kasper Akhøj (DK).