Open until November 14 in the Temporary and Temporary Exhibitions Room and part of the “MAR” Project of the Algarve Museum Network (RMA), “Ouvir o Oceano” intends to draw attention and convey a strong message to the need to protect beauty and the purity of the oceans, preventing their degradation, in particular through discharges of polluting waste and plastic packaging, as well as through poaching.
In a region strongly linked to maritime culture such as Portimão and Algarve, BJ Boulter’s warning makes perfect sense, as the materials in question represent a real threat to the extinction of many species of fish, crustaceans, mammals, turtles and reefs, for the pollution they cause.
“Listening to the ocean is urgent!”
Artist, designer and film producer, Barbara grew up in Tanzania and Uganda, having received her education in Kenya and London. The artist arrived in the Algarve in 1962, when her British parents acquired “Residencial Pinguim”, in Praia da Rocha.
Through his paintings and sculptures, BJ Boulter recalls “the need not only to think, but also to act every day to save the ocean, preventing its contamination.”
This exhibition project, following her sculpture “The Waste of a Dolphin” presented in 2019 on the riverside, next to the Portimão Museum, came after the artist took a boat trip to Durban, South Africa, where BJ Boulter was he inspired, remembering that he observed “a sparkling sea, beautiful, but shocking”, because it was sprinkled with plastics.
The artist emphasizes that her work comes at a time when society is beginning to react to the fact that time is running out and that something must be done with regard to the environment: “When I see the careless form as we humans , we are treating our land and its inhabitants, I am very concerned. I want to tell them to stop and listen to the cry of the birds, the anguish of the animals and the silent call of those who dwell in the depths of the sea, contaminated by our careless habits . Hearing the ocean is urgent!”