Artists: Jessica Backhaus/Maria Condado/Tatiana Macedo
In this first 3D exhibition for ARCOLisboa, Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea intends to show how the pandemic is giving new meanings to themes from the past, such as the idea of “stillness" in art. In general, the idea of "stillness" can be perceived as the opposite of movement, however, “stillness" is an active position. Last year we were forced to stop and think about reality, as we see in the artistic process. By definition, art is a platform that thinks, reorganizes the world, helping to adapt to new realities, it is an action of stillness. Jessica Backhaus produced “Confinement in Berlin”, a series inspired by a quote from Joseph Beuys, “Who is unwilling to think is dismissed” and tells us about active stillness as an imperative to think about how the global crisis is challenging and forces us to adapt to this unprecedented situations. It also features three works from the “Six Degrees of Freedom” series that focus on the simplicity of everyday life. In the two paintings on display, Maria Condado thinks about how we are building our landscapes and how they are a changing reality. In the series “A Lot of Hope”, Tatiana Macedo examines the way in which mass culture presents itself uncritically, which makes us continually wait for a change without acting. She is also exhibiting the 17 minutes short film "What was lacking in Modern Cinema”, a real time gaze at life unfolding before the camera.
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