Exhibition

"What do U Want 4 Xmas?" is an exhibition that focuses on Portuguese video-art, showcasing pieces by artists that resided in Porto, or whose trajectory intersected this city. The exhibition is curated by Vera Carmo.

 


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December 4, 2020

16:00
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I will hurt you before you hurt me, vídeo still, 2003, ©Margarida Paiva
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How Green is My Valley - Europa 2005, video still, 2005/2017 ©Paulo Mendes
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Air Monarch, video still, ©Hernâni Reis Baptista, 2018
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Noite na Terra, video still, ©Carla Cruz + Ângelo Ferreira de Sousa, 2006
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What Do You Want for Christmas?, video still, ©António Olaio, 1996
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Escavando o Deserto, video still, ©Maria Trabulo, 2019
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The (Distorted) Mirror, video still, ©Fernando José Pereira, 2020
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Laura, video still, ©Tânia Dinis, 2017

The exhibition encompasses work from the last three decades, a time when the presence of video-art in exhibition spaces became widespread.  It was during this period that, departing from its earlier stages of technical experimentation, video-art in Portugal started to question the role of the moving image in contemporary culture. We can witness the subversive appropriation of media paradigms such as the video-clip, the documentary, the advertisement spot, or the evening news, in an attempt to raise the public’s awareness of emerging and relevant political topics. Searching for subject-matter that is present accross different time-periods and bridges generations, this exhibition aims to sketch a thematic index as it simultaneously establishes a chronology.  "What do U Want 4 Xmas?" brings about a thematic stability that underlies the constant drift of technology.

 

We elected to group the nine video-pieces in the exhibition under three topics, and to present them in three different moments. The first, in exhibit between the 4th and the 16th of December will gather works by António Olaio, Hernâni Reis Baptista and Fernando José Pereira that criticize the accumulation end consumption that underpins capitalism.  The works exhibited in the second moment, authored by Carla Cruz & Ângelo Ferreira de Sousa, Maria Trabulo and Paulo Mendes respond more directly to political events and will be on display from December 18 to January 13. Lastly, between the 15th and  the 30th of January, the third moment calls for an analyzes of the role of women in contemporary society through the lens of Cristina Mateus, Margarida Paiva and Tânia Dinis.

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