Worlds in Formation
Sol Archer
18 till 26 Feb 2023
Opening: Saturday 18 Feb 2023 — 18:00 till 00:00 hrs

Part of the puntWG Open Call Series

Worlds in Formation was filmed over weekends spending time with a community of young amateur dancers who rehearse KPOP (Korean Pop Music) dance covers using the windows of the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro Brasil, as mirrors.

It documents rehearsal, hanging out, preparation, competition, and care, acts towards building a community as a generative space of resistance through elective assembly and shared interest. Through a non-linear and rhythmically repetitive structure, the film reflects the bagginess of time that characterises youth cultures of hanging out, appropriating space without ownership.

In a political moment in Brazil which is deeply dangerous to be queer, female, black, poor, or trans, this community are consciously acting to build a space to exist in public, producing a high visibility presence for oppressed minorities.

11-17 Saturday and Sunday or by appointment. Email:

Over weekends spent with this community, recording rehearsals, performances, and moments of care, the film follows fragments from conversations about the nature of their community and their reflections on their collective creative practice as an act of resistance, and making and remaking images with bodies. Worlds in Formation documents moments of collective practice, creating spaces of care, resistance, and survival, and producing counter-publics in the city, staging rehearsal as the conjuring up of a desired world within the confines of the present.

Also available at the exhibition will be Held by Hands, a publication by Sol, featuring texts commissioned from members of the Brasilian Kpop community on the social potentials and risks of fandom and fan attachment to mass culture.

Image credit:

Photography by Ilya Rabinovich