From the 3rd to the 19th of August of 2006 the Municipal Gallery of Montijo organized: "13 Artists | Digital Art".
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The Montijo’s Municipal Gallery organizes and presents two exhibitions:
“13 Artists I Digital Art” and “New Symbologies I Performance and Limits”.
The first exhibition, of a broad character, gathers authors who, in a certain way, have
participated at the beginning of the Digital Art in Portugal: Américo Silva and João Menéres;
along with an intermediate generation: Ana Rosário Nunes, Mário Cabrita Gil, Vasco Azevedo e
Silva and other younger authors who have learned and diversified this inheritance: Andreia
Neves Nunes, Catarina Araújo, D’Aguiam, Paula Nobre, Ricardo Castro, Rute Rosas and Tânia
Araújo.Thus, the proposals presented will account, even if not extensively, for what has been
the evolution of the Digital Art in Portugal, in the field of Digital Photography, Performance
and Video Performance.
The second exhibition aims at reflecting on the concept of new symbologies (v.
interdependences with a thought of abstract matrix) – inspirator, cause and effect of a
computer’s civilization and which tends to substitute the qualities of the living being by a
certain spiritualistic magnetism.
It includes, besides almost all the quoted names: Albertina Mântua, Jaime Silva, Gonçalo Ruivo,
Lúcia Vasconcelos, Paiva Raposo and Catarina Cabral – who, in areas such as Drawing, Painting
and analogical Photography, constitute the clarifying and argumentative pole of this
With its matrix set on the tangible, the analogical thought, of relational nature, supports our
daily existence, and enables to establish links between the man and the surrounding world.
It presupposes the valuation of the eye and the look, the importance of the hand. Because, it
is obvious, the domainof doing is prior to the thought. We live today, in what has been
designed to nominate: image civilization, but, in fact, we can acknowledge it has of: image
inflation. We should speak of exact inter-relation, according to our brain’s model of
progressive specialization, between the sight and the thought. We are, however, submersed
in static apriorisms, ratings, calculations and predictions.
Through the image manipulation, the artists of these exhibitions acquire an interrogative
freedom, which is experienced in their works. They manifest an acute conscience of both their
own and the other’s body, viewed as near and distant. They reflect on the concept of
identity. They move forward in the domains of the unconsciousness, in drawings that disclose
the invisible through the visible; either they refigure the fundaments of the perceptive act; or
they question the painting asdomain of unnoticeable image, in full inter-subjective
communication. Interconnected sights and various queries, these are, therefore, the core that
supports these exhibitions, of which several illations will be drawn out.
For me, one has to rethink the human as human; to relocate the lived, the existence, in what
it has of most striking: the innumerable, the randomness, the indetermination.
To, simply, live.