Capoeira's dark history, rooted deep in slavery, racism and crime, contrasts sharply against its reputation today as a beautiful, showy and rather theatrical performance. Festival entangles together both the history as I am aware of it, and my very first experience performing capoeira at this year's Latin America Festival at Bondi Pavillion.
With this comic, I focused on utilising the formal qualities of the single scroll to enhance the emotions and story I wanted to tell. How could I guide the eye downwards and build anticipation for the reader? How I could transition between scenes that crossed between past and present? Sam Wallman's comics were an inspiration for Festival, a comic artist who excels at visual wit.
Us at the Latin America Festival at Bondi Pavillion, 2018
Other dancers and performers at Bondi Pavillion, 2018, used for inspiration