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“A MAGA” IN “MITOS VADIOS”, SAO PAULO, 1978

On 12 November 1978, a cloudy Sunday, an event of art-action took place in Sao Paulo, a happening organized by multimedia artist Ivald Granato. Around twenty artists were assembled to make it, they were living in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, even in Buenos Aires. The title “Mitos Vadios”, meaning “Vagabond Myths” was an explicit way to manifest a contextatory position in relation to the I Bienal Latino-americana de São Paulo, launched in the weekend before under the theme “Myths and Magic”, what had already animated a long controversy since it was announced in the beginning of that year.

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“Mitos Vadios” occupied the whole area of a parking lot on Augusta Street, where each artist could propose their own ephemeral participation by means and procedures that were based on their own criteria. Nowadays, Helio Oiticica’s proposition entitled “delirium ambulatorium” is very well known, but the collective happening was also composed by many other contributions. Among artists such as Lygia Pape, Claudio Tozzi, Artur Barrio, Gabriel Borba, Regina Vater, Antonio Dias, José Roberto Aguilar, Lucila Meireles, Genilson Soares, Maria Lucia Cortez, Olney Kruse, Ubirajara Ribeiro, Anna Maria Maiolino, Marta Minujín, Mauricio Fridman, Marcia Rothstein, Rubens Gerchman, Francisco Inarra, Doraci Girrulat, Alfredo Portillos and the group Viajo Sem Passaporte, there was the artist Gretta Sarfaty.





 
Gretta embodied a character that she created for herself and called “A Maga”, as “The Witch” in Portuguese. Wearing white pants, blouse, coat and a turban, with big framed glasses on, she was available inside a white pyramidal and small tent that was also part of her proposition, fitting another person inside it. Also wandering throughout the parkinglot area, “The Witch” was approaching visitors offering a reading of their fortune based on their palmhands lines, and it unfolds as a conversation about life and spiritual experiences.


 
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Photographic registers of Gretta Sarfaty performing “A Maga” during “Mitos Vadios”, 1978.

Photos by Loris Machado, from Ivald Granato’s archive.

 


 

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