Cityscapes are common in her work, questioning our understanding of reality and the manner in which it is represented. This exhibition presents a broad range of the artist's most recent works, produced since 2006, including video projections, photographs and drawings. All of Toderi's video installations since "Rosso Babel" - in which she explores the allegory of the Tower of Babel via a fantastic and phantasmagoric virtual city - will be on display for the first time.
Curator João Fernandes
From July 23 to October 31, Serralves Museum presents an exhibition of recent works of Grazia Toderi - a contemporary artist who has adopted one of the most singular approaches to video and photography. Cityscapes are common in her work, questioning our understanding of reality and the manner in which it is represented. This exhibition presents a broad range of the artist's most recent works, produced since 2006, including video projections, photographs and drawings. All of Toderi's video installations since "Rosso Babel" – in which she explores the allegory of the Tower of Babel via a fantastic and phantasmagoric virtual city – will be on display for the first time.
The exhibition will also premiere the work, "Atlante" (2010) - a dual video projection in which the artist pursues her enquiries into the relationship between heaven and earth, between celestial and terrestrial mapping, once again confronting us with gravity losses and the horizon line. This work uses images taken in Portugal - specifically recorded for this exhibition.
Grazia Toderi's cities are based upon nocturnal aerial photographs of selected cities that the artist has digitally transformed, inscribing light maps therein that pulse intermittently.
In Toderi's cities, the images convey a notion of joy through a specific perception of time. This sense of time no longer corresponds to our standard notion of time, although we nonetheless encounter multiple references within these images that lead us to a game of recognition, surprise, enchantment and discovery.
The artist's work transports us to a territory where strangeness transgresses the very condition of representation. This transgression of representation enables us to rediscover recognition as an alternative form of revisiting realities that we thought we knew, but which now appear in a transfigured form. We perceive identifiable elements, but don't see them as we expect them to appear. These starry firmaments, animated by frozen movement, combine both innocence and terror, the enchanting and terrifying dimensions of an astronaut's solitude, conjuring up an entire imaginary universe in which the spectator is confronted with the frontality of a view of the world that invariably constitutes a different perspective of a new world.
Until 26 Sep 2010 - VILLA
Serralves Foundation's Collection
Curators Marta Almeida and João Fernandes
"Returning Home" exhibits a set of works from the Serralves Foundation's Collection, specifically selected by the manner in which they question the domestic space, on the basis of mythologies of day-to-day life that describe or subvert this space.
The works on display in the Serralves Villa include paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos and installations, chosen for the dialogue or confrontation that they provide.
This "return to the Serralves Villa" addresses a wide array of themes − ranging from the house as a place of shelter to architecture as the intersection between public and private discourses, the relationship between the interior and exterior, and the individual projection of each work in the correlation of the multiple stories associated with a joint presentation. The selected works thereby gain new possibilities of discovery and interpretation in the context of the relations that they establish with the exhibition space.
16 SEP (Qui), 18h30 p.m., by João Fernandes
12 OCT (Tue), 18h30 p.m., by Marta Almeida
18 SEP (Sat), 16h00 p.m., by Sónia Borges
(exclusive for Serralves Friends)
Image: Grazia Toderi
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