Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca’s films focus on music and dance forms that draw under-represented communities together, highlighting visibility, legal rights and self-representation. The resulting films are a hybrid of music documentary and socio-political study that deftly communicate complex issues with a broad-reaching and upbeat attitude. Wagner & de Burca conduct in-depth primary research in specific social contexts, building relationships with individuals who actively elaborate their own roles in their film-scripts, resulting in a vibrant and inclusive collaborative film-making practice.
Wagner & de Burca represented Brazil at the Venice Biennale 2019, with Swinguerra, a film that documents an expressive contemporary dance phenomenon performed mainly by transgender and non-binary dancers. In the context of changing social and political conditions in Brazil, swingueira is an artform that calls for liberation and participation.
Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca have exhibited extensively in major museums, galleries and festivals around the world, including Stedelijk, Amsterdam (2019); Wexner Centre for the Arts, Ohio (2018); Skulptur Projekte, Münster (2017); and São Paulo Bienal (2016). In June 2020, a major new work made between the west of Ireland and France will be shown at VISUAL, Carlow. TBG+S will host a Dublin screening of this new film to mark the occasion. It will then be screened in a regional tour of music venues and arts centres around Ireland, curated by Rayne Booth, throughout 2020.