April 1 – 21 2017
Amarante Abramovici | Covadonga Barreiro | João Vasco Paiva | Sérgio Leitão | Tânia Dinis
Curator: Eduarda Neves
CORRESPONDENCES links a programme of nine exhibitions, presented in Portugal, Spain, Germany and Malta, to an International Colloquium held at Casa das Artes, Porto.
Exhibitions > (I) CAAA – Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e da Arquitectura | Guimarães; (II) Casa das Artes | Porto; (III) Museu das Comunicações | Lisbon; (IV) Galeria NovaOgiva | Óbidos; (V) SALA X | Pontevedra; (VI) Museu de Faro | Faro; (VII) Galeria Escudeiros | Beja [2014-16]; and, within the scope of DGArtes – Portuguese Ministry of Culture internationalization of the arts funding > (VIII) Rosalux | Berlin; (IX) Malta Contemporary Art | La Valletta.
A letter excerpt included in Jacques Derrida’s LA CARTE POSTALE (1980) is taken as a reference for the CORRESPONDENCES project.
In this fragment, dated June 5 1977, Derrida writes: “What I like most about postcards is that we do not know what is in front and what is in back, here or there, near or far, Plato or Socrates, face or reverse. Nor what is more important – the image or the text or, within the text, the message, the caption or the address.”
Published in 1980 in France, the above mentioned text is part of the criticism operated by Jacques Derrida to Western philosophical tradition and, despite its markedly intertextual and meta-literary character, it configures a political attitude. (…) It becomes imperative to force language, break it, disfigure it, force the concepts to say something else.
(…) We also consider, in the Derridian way, the uniqueness of the right to secret as political right: communication and its opposite, the Other and the Same, CORRESPONDENCES.
At a time when everything is meant to be clear so that it can be communicable, when secrecy has no place when it is forced to yield to the totalitarianism of public space, to the excess of public confession, the possibility of incommunicability as a resistance tool will be claimed.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication with texts by Alberto Ruiz de Samaniego, Eduarda Neves, Ernesto Neto, Fernando José Pereira, Monica Coralli and Arthur Vido, Nuno Faleiro Rodrigues.
Curator of the projects A FEW REASON FOR A NON_DISMISSIVE ART [2014-15], CORRESPONDENCES [2016-17] and HORS-SERIE , recently preselected for the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de América Del Sur, Buenos Aires. PhD in Philosophy. Assistant professor at ESAP, Oporto, where se teaches Aesthetics in the fields of Visual and Performing Arts. Principal Investigator of the Art and Critical Studies Research Group, Arnaldo Araújo Research Centre, Oporto. Research Areas: Philosophy and Aesthetics; Criticism and Contemporary Art; Art, Politics and Power; Art and Subjectivation Modes. Organized talks, Cycles of Conferences on Contemporary Art and Criticism in several institutions. Moderated the Line of Aesthetics of the Oporto European Capital of Culture – 2001. Some of her papers and books can be accessed at
Filmmaker graduated from La Femis, Paris. Degree from Paris University III, Sorbonne. Selected for the Cannes Film Festival – Cinéfondation section, with Gaia (2004) and for Cinema du Réel, with Circa Me (2002). Directed films in collaboration, such as A Cultura do Capital (2003) or Travelling 70′-76′ (2007) and also the video-installation A Colher (2010). Between 2005 and 2013 she collaborated with Serralves Museum. PhD student with FCT scholarship for research on cinema produced during the portuguese revolution.
JOÃO VASCO PAIVA
Master in Fine Arts, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Degree in Fine Arts, ESAP. Exhibited in several institutions, among which: Artsonje Center, Seoul; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Independent Curators, New York; Saatchi Gallery, London; C.o.C.A., Torun; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing; MAC Lyon; Videospace, Budapest; Garage CCC, Moscow; SESC S. Paulo; Hong Kong Museum of Art. Oriente Foundation (2006-08) and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarships (2012).
MARIA COVADONGA BARREIRO
Phd in Visual Arts, Vigo University. Exhibited at Fundación Gonzalo Torrente Ballester; CCAI, Gijón; CAJ, Madrid; Casaborne, Málaga; Galería Atlántica, A Coruña; Galería Metro, Vigo; Galería Sargadelos, Pontevedra; Museu Univ. Alicante, at Latinarte, Madrid and at Muestra de jóvenes artistas europeos, org. A.I.C.A. – Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte. Diputación de Ourense Fine Arts Prize, 2008; Artists’Scholarship, Diputación de Pontevedra, 2010. Art and Critical Studies researcher at CEAA and teacher at ESAP, both in Oporto.
PhD and Advanced Visual Arts Program in Visual Arts (FBAP/UVIGO); Degree in Fine Arts (ESAP); Independent Visual Arts Program (MAUMAUS). Sculpture + Photography (AR.CO) and Video (CAM_CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN FOUNDATION) programs. Participated in Gasthof, Frankfurt, org. ICA, Moscow; Protoacademy, Edinburgh; Städelschule, Frankfurt; Kulturni Centar, Belgrade; Landproject, Chiang Mai; Manifesta, Amsterdam; Go to Frisco, org. South. Exposure; NoD-Roxy Gallery, Prague; ZDB Gallery, Lisbon; Portuguese Center of Photography, Oporto, among other institutions. Selected for the portuguese representation of CPLP biennial.
Master’s Degree in Contemporary Artistic Practices, FBAUP. She presented her projects in Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Austrália. She collaborated in several film projects. Her work was awarded at the Chicago Experimental Film and Vídeo Festival, Curitiba Internacional Festival, São Paulo Super 8 Festival, Iberian Expression Film and Photography Festival. International Prize and Audience Award at the Dresdner Schmalfilmtage. She was part of the feature films jury at the 17th Luso-Brazilian Film Festival.
Supported by Governo de Portugal /DGArtes