Conscientia, Latin American Consciousness

The totality of beliefs and sentiments common to the average members of a society forms a determinate system with a life of its own. It can be termed the collective or creative consciousness.” (Emile Durkheim)

Art at Lloyds presents Conscientia: Latin American Consciousness, a group exhibition of colonial and contemporary painting and sculpture in the distinguished Lloyds Club in London, curated by Art at Lloyds’ Programme Manager Lavínia Freitas and Braziliality Founder Alicia Bastos.

The exhibition includes a selection of colonial art and works by Alberto Lamback, Beatriz Milhazes, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Cipriano Martinez, Emilia Sunyer, Hen Coleman, Jakeline Londono, Laura Belém, Maria de Lima, Oscar Santillan, Pato Bosich, Pablo Ferreti, Raquel Schembri, Ricardo Rendón, Rivane Neuenschwander, Santiago Montoya and Yara Tupynambá. The artist Sylvia Morgado will do a performance on the 10th June during the private view event.

Conscientia offers a journey through Latin American consciousness and the historical, political and cultural developments that have shaped it. Three overlapping forms of consciousness permeate the exhibition: the spiritual, which underpins so much of Latin American existence; the rational, which shapes how life is governed; and the emotional, which drives self-expression.

Latin American spirituality reflects a myriad of influences. The nature-based faiths of ancient civilisations and indigenous tribes melded with Christianity, European values and animist beliefs from Africa. This unique mix has provoked a wonderfully rich and diverse strand of art production in which spiritual themes, like mysticism, life, death, life after death, the question of God’s existence, form a key focus for colonial art and continues to influence modern and contemporary art.

The post-colonial period in Latin America brought great expectations for a better future, coupled to an impulse to unravel colonial systems. But the euphoria of independence and the consequent feeling of empowerment were short-lived. Many countries faced economical struggle followed by military interventions and authoritarianism. Yet these forces generated a critical and profound questioning and inspired a continuous struggle to create, modify and reshape reality. Powerful political and social currents therefore interweave with the many spiritual influences to create uniquely engaging and thought-provoking works of art.

Despite significant differences in the history and economic development of its countries, Latin America displays a marked cultural cohesion. The distinguishing quality of its peoples and artistic output is a passionate expressiveness, which can be seen as an indivisible trinity of joy, melancholy and drama.  This energy has attracted global attention to Latin American art and is set to further broaden its influence.

The curators thank private collectors, Coll & Cortés, Halcyon Gallery, Galeria Luisa Strina, Maddox Arts,   Stephen Friedman Gallery, Zipper Galeria and independent artists for their support of this exhibition.

About The Lloyds Club and Art at Lloyds

A short walk from the Tower of London, nestling in the heart of London’s financial district, The Lloyds Club is housed in a Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse, which was the residence of the French ambassador until the 18th century.  The club’s 400 members are active in a wide range of commercial and professional businesses in London and internationally.

Art at Lloyds was launched in 2011 by curator Katie Heller of Patch London. Lavínia Freitas is the Lloyd’s Club Art Programme Manager and also part of the Patch curatorial collective. With four exhibitions a year, the programme has shown Old Masters, contemporary established artists and emerging artists.  Among the artists whose works have been exhibited at Lloyds are Auguste Rodin, Paul Nash, Louise Bourgeois, Elizabeth Blackadder, Phyllida Barlow, Nan Goldin, Kiki Smith, Mat Chivers and Yun-Kyung Jeong.

Alicia Bastos, MA, is a project manager, producer and curator specialised in Brazilian arts. Alicia is founder and director of Braziliarty, a social enterprise created after the award-winning project Braziliality, a platform for promotion of Brazilian arts and culture abroad with a portfolio of 44 independent events produced between 2008 and 2014.

Exhibition programme:

The exhibition will continue with a programme of events including an Artist’s talk, collectors’ visits and curatorial tours. Please check The Lloyds Club website for details.

Note to editors:

Dates: 11 June – 10 September 2014

Opening Hours: Exhibition opens every Friday 4pm – 6pm or by appointment 09am to 12pm and 3pm to 5pm weekdays – 07855 470310

Address: The Lloyds Club, 42 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AP

Admission: Exhibition free; charges may apply for some events (please check website for details)

Transport: Tower Hill, Aldgate, Fenchurch Street


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