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Caroline Pagès Gallery: Driss Ouadahi - Transposition | Pedro Valdez Cardoso - Margens - 24 Sept 2016 to 19 Nov 2016

Current Exhibition

24 Sept 2016 to 19 Nov 2016
Monday - Saturday 3 to 8 pm & appointment
Opening Saturday, September 24 from 5 to 8 pm
Caroline Pagès Gallery
Rua Tenente Ferreira Durão, 12 - 1° Dto.
T: 351 213873376
M: 351 916795697

Driss Ouadahi,Transposition, 2016
oil on canvas, 160 x 140 cm.

Artists in this exhibition: Miguel Palma, Elisa Pône

Driss Ouadahi
Caroline Pagès Gallery, Lisbon
Opening Saturday, September 24 from 5 to 8 pm
September 24 – November 19, 2016

The work presented by Driss Ouadahi —a series of paintings (oil on canvas) and drawings (acrylic paint and graphite) — offers a fresh perspective that questions the intersections between the culture of his native country (Algeria) and some of the modernist models that currently underpin the Western world. Discussing the question of identity and the place of the other, Driss Ouadahi explores the (dis)encounter of different times and cultures, in an overlapping process that seeks new ways to understand mankind.

Issues such as the grid or geometry, that in the Islamic world mould not only the relationship between the individual / collective, but also the idea of order and transcendence, are revised by him, from the perspective of an urban sphere, at the present moment in time.

These are references to a cultural specificity, which the author toys with. By changing its expression, he questions the idea of belonging and place. Belonging to a physical, individual or collective place, and also to an immaterial zone, a place of encounters and disencounters, of who we are, and how we are.

Revealing the desire to seek and the uncertainty of an encounter, the places that Driss Ouadahi shows us are melancholically generic. The images he shows us - whether buildings from the outskirts of any large city, empty lands encircled by metal fences, or mere zones of passage - are tendentially non-places, or expectant places, that have a diffuse nature, where no one recognises themselves and few linger. For this reason, even though we glimpse the echo of many cultures in his work, we also realise that the moment of connection is slow to happen. But it is also in the instability of this lonely place, or in the hope of this apparently delayed encounter, that we recognise and strengthen the human condition. A condition expressed in the weakness that truly unites us.

Sérgio A. Fazenda Rodrigues, September 2016

Driss Ouadahi (DZ/DE, born in 1959) lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. Transposition is the artist’s second solo show at the Caroline Pagès Gallery. Other solo shows include regular shows at the Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco and Lawrie Shabibi Gallery in Dubai, UAE; the Horst Schuler Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany (2011); Herbert-Weisenburger-Stiftung, Rastatt, Germany (2009); dok25a, Düsseldorf, Germany (2008); Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf, Germany (2005); Centre d’Art Contemporain Istres, Marseille, France (2003); Klinkhammer-Metzner Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany (2001); and JASIM Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany (2000).

Driss Ouadahi was awarded the Léopold Sédar Senghor Grand Prize at the Dakar Biennale in2014 (curated by Elise Atangana, Abdelkader Damani, Smooth Ugochukwu Nzewi). Group exhibitions include 25 ans de créativité árabe (2013), curated by Ihab El Laban, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris and Abu Dhabi; 100%_100 ans, 100 artistes (2013), curated by Mohamed Rachdi, Espace d'Art-Soc i été Générale, Casablanca, Morocco; Horizons croisés (2012), curated by Brahim Alaoui, Moussem culturel international d’Assilah, Morocco; Desviar do Olhar (2012), Caroline Pagès Gallery, Lisbon; Le Retour (2011), 3rd FIAC, MAMA, Algiers, Algeria; Magreb: Dos Orillas (2011), curated by Brahim Alaoui, C’rculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Future of a Promise (2011) , curated by Lina Lazaar, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy; Geometric Days (2011), Exit Art, New York; Looking Inside Out (2009), curated by Maaretta Jaukkuri and Cristina Ricupero, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway; Périfériks (2009), Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Switzerland; Iconoclastes: Les territoires de l’esprit (2008) , curated by Kader Attia, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris; Alger Capitale de la Culture Arabe (2007), Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Algiers, Algeria.

His work can be seen in the German public collections of the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Stadtsparkasse Baden-Baden, Herbert-Weisenburger-Stiftung Rastatt, and Nadour Collection. It has also integrated the Kamel Lazaar Foundation in Switzerland, the FRAC Centre Val de Loire in France and the Barjeel Collection in Sharjah, UAE. 

Pedro Valdez Cardoso
Caroline Pagès Gallery, Lisbon
Opening Saturday, September 24 from 5 to 8 pm
September 24 – November 19, 2016

The work of Pedro Valdez Cardoso is based on moving closer to the other, in order to question oneself. In this process, investigating the idea of culture and distance, we seek a space of confluence and miscegenation where, more than affirming things, we pose questions.
The sculptures that the author builds assume a hybrid nature, in which the juxtaposition of ancestral and tribal references (e.g. the mask or totem) intersects with urban references from the present day (e.g. graffiti and decorative arts).

In a deliberate process of juxtaposition - blending popular and erudite culture, street culture and the museum, remote and contemporary culture - his work explores the nature of something that reinvents itself in time and space, in terms of its mode and medium, and that, by way of acculturation, discovers new operating logics. Thus, by bringing together shapes, materials, periods and different uses, Pedro Valdez Cardoso creates something that questions distance, and also difference.

The question of (dis)encounter thus underlies the questioning framed by these works, manifested in the roots of the topics addressed therein, but also by the manner that they question the viewer. In fact, the works take on a political dimension, while avoiding any pamphleteering facilitism. This occurs because their expression does not arise from any peremptory statement, but rather from an invitation that operates by means of seduction. A process of seduction that is based on a cultural connection, that is also haptic - where the perception of matter, between that which covers and structures, plays a key role in involving the spectator.

In this case, discussing the encounter as a place that has a complex identity - that which pushes us away is also that which brings us closer and that which hides is also that which reveals, or that which is strange is also that which seduces.

Sérgio A. Fazenda Rodrigues, September 2016

Pedro Valdez Cardoso (Portuguese, born in 1974) lives and works in Lisbon. His solo exhibitions include Cada dia, Museu do Dinheiro, Lisbon (2016); Baldio (with Rui Effe), Sputenik the window, Oporto, PT (2016); Catedral, Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga, PT (2016); Ártico: narrativa e fantasmática, CIAJ – Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães, Guimarães, PT (2015); Ártico, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon (2015), outra coisa, Caroline Pagès Gallery, Lisbon (2014); Reino, Convento de Cristo, Tomar, PT (2014); The Devil’s Breath – Parte III, MACE – Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, PT (2014); Discurso do Método, IVAM – Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, ES (2013). 

Pedro Valdez Cardoso has participated in several joint exhibitions, among them Portugal, Portugueses, Museu Afro-Brasil, São Paulo, BR (2016); Portugal em Flagrante, Museu Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2016); Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Palácio Amarelo, Portalegre, PT (2016); Book, Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, PT (2016); CCEN Três décadas: Diálogos intemporais, Centro de Arte de Sines, PT (2016); Periplos – Arte Portugués de Hoy, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Málaga, ES (2016); Materiais Transitórios (Núcleo de Escultura da Colecção da Fundação PLMJ), Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes, Lisbon (2016); Andante Giocoso, Galeria Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Viena, AU (2015); Experiência da Forma II, MUDAS – Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Madeira, Calheta/Funchal, PT (2015); ANO ZERO – Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, Museu Botânico, Coimbra, PT (2015); Ignoto, Centro de Artes de Sines e Centro Cultural Emmerico Nunes, Sines, PT (2015); Pontos Colaterais - Coleção Arte Contemporânea Arquipélago, uma seleção, ARQUIPÉLAGO – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, S. Miguel, Azores, PT (2015); Devour!, Freies Museum (colaboração com Savvy Contemporary), Berlim, DE (2015); Território de Trabalho – Laboratório das Artes 10 Anos, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, PT (2015); Colónia Apocrifa, MUSAC – Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Castilla y León, ES (2014); Paisagem e Natureza, Museu de Évora, PT (2013); Para Além da Historia, Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães, Guimarães, PT (2012).

Cardoso’s work can be found in the collections of the Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, Azores, PT; Banco de Portugal; CAPC – Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, PT; Câmara Municipal de Óbidos, PT; Caixa Geral de Depósitos, PT; Centro Cultural Emmerico Nunes, Sines, PT; Colecção Marim Gaspar, Alvito, PT; Fundação Carmona e Costa, Lisbon; Museu da Carris, Lisbon; CML – Museu da Cidade, Lisbon; Fundação D. Luís I, Cascais, PT; DA2 – DOMUS ARTIUM 2002, Salamanca, ES; EMAC – Empresa de Ambiente de Cascais, PT; IVAM – Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, ES; MUDAS – Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Madeira, Calheta, Madeira, PT; Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, Oporto, PT; Fundação PLMJ, Lisbon; MACUF – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Union Fenosa, A Coruña, ES; QUARCO – Quartel de Arte Contemporânea de Abrantes / Colecção Figueiredo Ribeiro, Abrantes, PT; and in several private collections in Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Norway and the USA. 

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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