Ogum Georgius Capillus 2017

Ogum Georgius Capillus 2017 The object is 14 x 15 centimeters The picture 50×70         João Manoel Feliciano

Saint George although it is a legendary figure and there is little evidence of his existence, has a strong symbolism being patron of countries like England, Is present in the Russian coins, patron of Prague Czech Republic, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, and Barcelona Is one of The Fourteen Holy Helpers are a group of saints venerated together in Roman Catholicism especially in  Rhineland  Germany .

At the time of slavery in Latin America, African slaves forced to be Catholics created a creative and intelligent way to deceive their masters. They invoked their African gods in the form of Catholic saints: Oxóssi in the form of Saint Sebastian, Ogum as Saint George, Oxalá as Jesus Christ, Ibejis as Cosme and Damião, Iansã as Santa Bárbara, wires of beads like Our Lady of the Rosary, among others.

Ogun or Ogoun (Yoruba: Ògún, Portuguese: Ogum, Gu; also spelled Oggun or Ogou; known as Ogún in Latin America) is an Orisha, Loa in Haiti, and Vodun. He is a warrior and a powerful spirit of metal work In Yoruba religion, Ogun is a primordial Orisha who first appeared as a hunter named Tobe Ode. He was the husband of Oya. He is said to be the first Orisha to descend to the realm of Ile Aiye (“Earth”), to find a suitable place for future human life. Ogum is Worshiped in Haiti Vou, Brazilian Candoble, and Ubanda ,Cuba ,Nigeria etc.

The object is 14 x 15 centimeters The picture 50×70 and I made it with an image of saint George and I put my hair Obviously making a reference to multiculturalism and miscegenation. The title mentions the name of George in Latin, the name of the African god Ogum, and the word hair in Latin that is always present in my work as a title. This piece is linked to the other photos that refer to the cultural relationship between classic Europe and how the new worlds assimilated and recoded it.