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Caroline Pagès Gallery: Miguel Palma + Elisa Pône - As ratazanas não dão voltas na cama / Rats don't toss and turn in bed - 9 Apr 2016 to 30 July 2016

Current Exhibition

9 Apr 2016 to 30 July 2016
Monday - Saturday 3 to 8 pm & appointment
Opening on Saturday, April 9 from 5 to 8 pm
Caroline Pagès Gallery
Rua Tenente Ferreira Durão, 12 - 1° Dto.
T: 351 213873376
M: 351 916795697

Artists in this exhibition: Miguel Palma, Elisa Pône

Miguel Palma + Elisa Pône
As ratazanas não dão voltas na cama / Rats don't toss and turn in bed

Opening on Saturday, April 9 from 5 to 8 pm
April 9 – July 30

The inverted sleep of modernity

Imagine a dialogue in sleep, materialised through the unfolding of creative idiosyncrasies. Immersion in this state of detachment from reality, where the sedimentation of a digitalized memory is not anchored in a free association of ideas, reminiscent of the adventure of surrealism, but rather in the incapacity to coherently manipulate an excess of information and anguish before the call to action.
The dialogue between Elisa Pône and Miguel Palma presented herein is traced in the interstices of understanding - as the flow of a process of
continuous erasure and rewriting of an interpreted reality. Both are rooted in a tense questioning of the prerogatives of a modernity, that creeps forward as the inevitable shadow of an erratic and discontinuous thinking. Modern efficiency, with its questions of rationality, speed and universality, blossomed in a state of permanent vigilance, where the aforementioned digitalised memory emerges as an oxymoron: integral information and startling ignorance dance in macabre twirls.
As actors in a plot without a script, Pône and Palma traverse the clearings of certainty with a disruptive formal intelligence.
Their works reverberate with the intra-stories of a time of certainties, a time of enlightened vigilance, although this state of alertness has triggered the greatest social and political disasters. A possible antidote - sleep. A side result - dreams.
Pône’s universe is inhabited by contradictions and overlapping meanings: in the geometric forms of a Bauhausian rationality she introduces pyrotechnical shapelessness in a seductive game of control of transparency and subsequent release of colour.
Her sculptures are fields that gather a figuration which is disturbing precisely due to its absence. Strange handcrafted objects rest on the comfort of the pedestal-beds. A hammock with stones and a small bedroom induce a sense of distrust before this putative comfort. Sleepwalking images, as if extracted from a failed mould of reality.
Her posters are anagrammatic distortions of the titles of classic movies whose protagonists were zombies. A hermeneutic displacement that induces a sense of strangeness and remoteness.
Miguel Palma already underscores this strangeness with two sculptures-assemblages, in which the verbs are conjugated in disparate times and create a new and disturbing lexicon. From an unresolved (neo) colonialism to constant nervousness before a nuclear break, for example. In this case the sleep of modernity may be converted into a contemporary nightmare. His drawings, here in the form of multiples, revindicate an overlapping of gazes towards modern happiness (through its technological mechanisms) that is transformed into erasures and hidden meanings. We have the map, but we don’t see the way.
Just as well that there are the artists, we will conclude. Whether in terms of the privileges of free association, cognitive delirium, or peering at the endless remorses of unfeasible life and disturbing formalization: in the certainty of the impossibility of Wikipedian confirmation.

Miguel von Hafe Pérez

Caroline Pagès Gallery
Rua Tenente Ferreira Durão, 12 – 11/4 Dto.
[Campo de Ourique]
1350-315 Lisbon, Portugal
T [+351] 21 387 33 76
M [+351] 91 679 56 97
Open from 3 - 8 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

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