Ana Vidigal, Nuno-Nunes Ferreira, Pedro Gomes
Curated by Hugo Dinis
Tavira Municipal Museum / Palácio da Galeria
Opening: April 10, 2021
Exhibition: April 10 to July 10, 2021
Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:15 am to 4:30 pm.
Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.
[Access to the Municipal Museum of Tavira is conditioned to the aspects of individual security and maximum capacity in the rooms in accordance with the rules issued by the Directorate-General for Health, the use of a mask being mandatory. All the rules of social distance and space hygiene will be guaranteed].
The Municipal Museum of Tavira / Palácio da Galeria, presents from April 10 to July 10 the curatorial project Contra-Parede, by Hugo Dinis, with works in dialogue by the artists Ana Vidigal, Nuno Nunes-Ferreira and Pedro Gomes. Starting from an extended discussion around the wall as a privileged place for intervention in the public space, the artists propose to question the architectural space in which the works are presented. At the same time, considering the social, historical, cultural and political space in which the museological equipment is inserted, the works will promote a fruitful dialogue on the role of art in the local communities in which they are presented.
Ana Vidigal, addressing domestic and feminist issues in her work, developed works that imply a humorous political sense and that question the pertinent debate between the public and private domains. Through intervention in bricks and tiles in manufactured clay from Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, the artist uses local popular culture in favor of an inclusive discourse on equality and diversity. Ana Vidigal will prepare an ephemeral intervention in a public space in the vicinity of the museum, in collaboration with students of artistic secondary education. In the first moment, the artist will paste posters and create a large mural and, in a second moment, the students will make free interventions on freedom over these posters. This intervention is scheduled for the International Museum Day, which is celebrated on the 18th of May.
Nuno Nunes-Ferreira, using his immense archive of newspapers and magazines, created a mural, entitled The word, which alludes to the political issues of the Estado Novo and the prevalence of freedom where the voice and individual discourse meet as a community good . The artist will also present the unprecedented work Abate da fishing fleet which, through the construction of a wall of dossiers from the archive of the Association of Canned Fish and, through the presentation of the 1986 Diário da República, in which the diploma was published for the slaughter of boats, the artist makes reference to the Portuguese policy on maritime resources. Also from the same artist, the video Virus will be presented, which establishes the contemporary nature of the exhibition in this time of pandemic.
Pedro Gomes presents drawings by modules, images that can be extended as wallpaper, which confront the architectural space through representations of the historical museographic devices recurring between the 19th century and the 20th century white cube. In this great installation, the lines of the drawings become three-dimensional shapes and spaces that submerge the viewer. The artist will also present a mural made with chemical papers, thus revealing his work methodology.
Adding the prefix “against” to the “wall”, ironically uses contradiction to violate a confrontation with the institutions that arise through architectural structures and their meanings of power. In fact, when covering the wall and occupying almost the entire exhibition space, the works presented in the Contra-Parede project gain visibility space that, through the active intervention of the artists and the public as informed spectators, reveal themselves to be subverted spaces against -power.