Opening of the exhibition: 24.11.2016 at 19.00
This exhibition joins the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the publication of literary Utopia of Thomas More in 1516. Since then, the very word utopia has become a fundamental concept to name the construction of a philosophical thought that challenges the very meaning of history and builds an intangible ideal of perfection and complete harmony. However, while the moral genealogy of the utopia concept is based on an anthropocentric vision of the world, this project is grounded on the realization of the need to activate subjective forms of understanding reality. Utopia becomes, then, the energy that can take us to new ways of experiencing and establishing a relationship with today?s social and political landscape. The idea of an intangible utopia confronts us with a wide range of possible ways to explore the world and the uncertainty of this search brings us closer to sensory and poetic forms inscribed in the margins between fiction and reality.
This group of artworks and artists propose narratives open to different interpretations anchored on the strength of the actions and the power of the objects and their form. The exhibition aims to reflect on the possibility of finding an underground utopia in the common search of the natural, social and political, inviting an analysis of the tensions between the ideal and the everyday.
Aline Biasutto, Mónica de Miranda, Hanne Lippard, Leonor Costa, Hugo Canoilas, Grace Schwindt, André Alves, Andrés Pachón, Diogo Tudela, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Susana Gaudêncio, Paulo Osório, Natalia Calderón, Tadeu Almeida Furtado.
Curated by Juan Luis Toboso in collaboration with the Master in Art Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto.