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In the exhibition The Master's Shoes, Lucas Odahara presents different readings of established Western narratives from a contemporary perspective. The exhibition's central video, O Sapato do Mestre, Masthaharage sapattu (The Master's Shoes) (2021), takes as its point of departure a poem Odahara co-wrote with writer Indrakanthi Perera. It uses only Sinhalese words of Portuguese origin, the language Indrakanthi Perera grew up speaking in Brazil. The work features words such as diamond, compass, painting, sky, gun, shoes and master, and traces colonial similarities between Brazil and Sri Lanka.

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Other works such as watercolor drawings, prints and an installation combine various historical references. They show Odahara's understanding of dominance and authority, or the "master's shoes" one wears, as something that has been passed down in the history of power.

Lucas Odahara (b. 1989, São Paulo, Brazil) explores personal and historical memory, gender, and contemporary colonial relations in his work.

Lucas Odahara is nominated for the Berlin Art Prize 2022.
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