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“The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab”

GALERIA VERA CORTêS, Lisbon

View of "The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab" at Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, 2019.
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Bruno Marchand

Seclusion, misanthropy, and asceticism came to my mind when I first saw the title of curator Samuel Leuenberger’s group show at Galeria Vera Cortês, featuring the work of four international artists. Contrary to my initial belief, however, the hermit crab does not get its name from being a loner but... continue reading
View of David Horvitz’s “Água Viva” at Belo Campo, Lisbon, 2018.
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Sofia Lemos

Pioneering ecologist, science communicator, and marine biologist Rachel Carson found the rhythms of the ocean to be largely indifferent to the rhythms of humans. Coastal forms, she observed, merge and blend in variegated patterns with the ancient surf and with new life, ultimately with the sole agenda of the “earth... continue reading
“Ways of the Hand”

MAISTERRAVALBUENA, Lisbon

View of “Ways of the Hand,” Maisterravalbuena, Lisbon, 2017.
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Sofia Lemos

When lost for words, hands are tools to point, wave, and otherwise indicate meaning. While much of this form of communication is intuitive, firsthand knowledge is highly performative: as hands trace airborne paths, their gestures form recognizable patterns that may relay receptiveness or fear, in a cognizant yet affective process... continue reading
Von Calhau!’s “Rotornariz”

GALERIA PEDRO ALFACINHA, Lisbon

View of Von Calhau!’s “Rotornariz,” Pedro Alfacinha, Lisbon, 2017.
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Sofia Lemos

A nose—the lead character in Nikolai Gogol’s short story “The Nose” from 1836—fashions itself as a decorated civil servant, so esteemed one can hardly question its privileged stature, as such cachet ought to be unquestionably deserved. No two noses are the same, Gogol notes. Some straddle along Nevsky Prospect without... continue reading
View of Ângela Ferreira's "Hollows, Tunnel, Cavities, and More," Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, 2015
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Sofia Nunes

Ângela Ferreira occupies a special position in the history of artistic approaches to archival practices. One of the pioneers of research-based strategies at the very beginning of the 1990s—before these strategies had a name and long before they became a widespread (sometimes jaded) paradigm—the artist also applied her archival impulse... continue reading
Alexandre Estrela, Vida y Costumbres de Alexander, 2015.
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Ricardo Matos Cabo

Recurrent in Alexandre Estrela’s practice is the use of images from nature, as well as a consideration of the way in which they are transformed and questioned through the employment of various technologies of recording and reproduction, sometimes explored to the limits of legibility and denaturation. This is often achieved... continue reading

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