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Solo show: Daniel Malhão (over)

20 November 2008 until 30 January 2009
  Daniel Malhão
Daniel Malhão
  Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art

Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art
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1350 - 291 Lisbon
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Daniel Malhão
October 16th to November 22nd

Thursday, October 16th, 10 p.m.

Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art has the pleasure of presenting its first Daniel Malhão solo show.

In this exhibition, Daniel Malhão pursues certain concerns of central importance to his work, such as the question of a narrative of the double, in terms of both opposition and complementarily, which takes the form of a recurring (but not programmatic) use of diptychs.

The exhibition's centrepiece, Take off / Landing (LIS) consists precisely of a dialectical interplay between the takeoff of a plane from the Lisbon airport and a landing at the same location. The space of travel and time is represented by an oblique strip, which corresponds to the wall area between the piece's two moments. This division of the piece by means of an empty wall space was previously used by the artist, namely in the series shown at the BES Photo Prize, in which it stood for the skyline.

The other pieces shown also deal with situations of planes and airports, which Daniel Malhão uses to explore such subjects as the sense of dislocation, language games and relations of scale and colour. This photographer is not just interested in looking at architecture (an important feature in his body of work); his intention is to stimulate the viewer's eye and visual memory by using such structures.

As for (two lenses photographing each-other) this particular diptych somewhat evades the exhibition's visual stance, because its two elements are conceptually very close, since it addresses both the mechanics of image production and simultaneous dialectical relationships. In a mechanism invented by Daniel Malhão, two photographic lenses photograph each other simultaneously. The fact that they have distinct angular distances implies a measure of asymmetry in the final result. This duplicated gaze is actually a system of image feedback.

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