Nicolau Vergueiro: By Way of the Seven Holes in My Head

The wonder and subsequent attempts of the first European explorers to comprehend their unfamiliar and extraordinary surroundings as they came face to face with the New World inspires the work of Los Angeles-based artist Nicolau Vergueiro.

Drawing from a wide range of firsthand narratives, maps, and religious doctrines from the Age of Discovery (15th–17th centuries), Vergueiro navigates these allegorical concepts of a new land and interprets them through a folk aesthetic that is syncretic and prevalent throughout modern Brazil. In his new PMCA Project Room installation, By Way of the Seven Holes in My Head, Vergueiro, who is of Brazilian descent, activates this tumultuous history through the rich and diverse materials used in the installation, including rooster feathers, textiles, and plastic.