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PATH by Sofia Pidwell
Curatorship Ana Cachola

 

Opening day: 12th July, from 7 PM to 10 PM
Exhibition dates: from the13th to the 31st of July

 

Artistic display rooms function as prosthesis of the work of art (or vice versa). Museums, art galleries, or less conventional display territories come forth in our contemporaneity as chameleons which constantly transform themselves, according to what slides on their walls, floors, and ceilings. Space, as a mediation resource, is just another variable contributing to the meaning of the work of art. Reflection upon spatial dimension has been an inspirational drive to contemporary creations as well. Examples of such are the site-specific artistic approaches engaged from the late 1960’s onwards.

PATH, an exhibition by Sofia Pidwell, opening on the 12th of July at WHO - Bairro Alto gallery, focuses on this relationship between space and artistic praxis as food for thought. Being one of the gallery walls totally filled up by a mural, Pidwell also takes charge of the gallery’s space during the three weeks before the inauguration date. The gallery’s physical space, whose window in the manner of a shop window allows an almost symbiotic union with the street ahead, is in itself favourable to the display of a body of work which implodes the binomial create/show. Thus, the artist reveals the artistic praxis in motion; takes over the display territory as a temporary studio; lays out the creative action from which the work of art takes origin; disembowels creation from the invisibility to which it is mostly confined to; unfolds the path - PATH - behind the artistic object. Lastly, it indulges the spectator to be her companion on this journey.





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