"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.
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.
elected to group the 9 video-pieces in the exhibition under three topics, and
to present them in three different moments. The first, between the 4th and the 16th of December will gather works by Carla Cruz &
Ângelo Ferreira de Sousa, Maria Trabulo and Paulo Mendes that respond directly to political events. The works exhibited in the second moment,
authored by António Olaio, Hernâni Reis Baptista and Fernando José Pereira
criticize the accumulation and consumption that underpins capitalism 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.