Event: António Henriques Gallery - A Site Specific Art Project
The Portuguese contemporary art scene is currently undergoing several new developments. Its story is being told not only on an institutional level, but also on a local one.
In the small city of Viseu, in the heart of the province of Beira Alta, a Northern region of Portugal, a privately initiated art project was started not long ago: The António Henriques Gallery. The gallery has held seven exhibitions so far and has two aims: firstly, to promote the creation of art in the area and thereby the creation of work reflecting the area's flavour, and secondly, to show the work in Viseu, where it was inspired.
During the short history of this exhibition space, there have been two commissioned individual shows: Dark Forces, by Nuno Cera and Reconhecer - Um Lugar (Recognize - A Place), by Gabriela Albergaria. These titles are the fruit of residencies accepted by the two Berlin-based artists to fulfil the gallery's aim of creating artwork in Viseu.
The symbiotic connection between the gallery project and its location has strongly influenced its evolution, outside of the urban classical circuit. The project has involved as many different artistic projects as artists themselves: Rui Chafes, Vieira Da Silva, Pedro Tudela, Júlio Resende, João Queiroz, Pedro Calapez, Nadir Afonso, André Cepeda, Gabriela Albergaria, Vitor Pomar. These artists cover a wide range of positions in Portuguese art and exhibited together in a previous show: Et Puis, Voilà… Here, as in other shows, nature is a recurrent theme: In the acrylics and watercolours by Pedro Calapez; in the drawings and ochre oils by João Queiroz; in Nuno Cera´s Super 8mm films and photographs, which isolate views of the landscape affected by last summer's fires, which devastated large areas of the country's forests.
In September, André Cepeda will show the work from his residency in Viseu, promoted by António Henriques Gallery.
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