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EXISTENCE | 2018

In the installation Existence, I have crafted an inert environment that serves as a direct reflection of my own senses, constructed through a series of fragments that mirror various parts of my body using clay. Each fragment harbors its unique microcosm, cultivating bacteria derived from the corresponding bodily region. This dynamic interplay between the tangible elements of my body and the living organisms that inhabit them introduces a biological dimension to each component of the composition, breathing life into the otherwise static fragments.

 

Within this multisensory atmosphere, blending visual and olfactory stimuli, visitors are invited to traverse the intangible boundaries of existence. The installation allows me, as the creator, to persist within my work, even in my physical absence. The reflective surfaces scattered throughout encourage viewers to confront deeper questions about their own identities, challenging them to ponder the nature of existence and its boundaries.

 

The piece not only serves as a personal exploration of my own presence and identity but also offers a broader commentary on the intricate relationship between life, art, and the self, prompting a contemplative journey for each visitor. How far does existence extend, and how does it manifest within us and our creations? The installation seeks to spark these reflections, inviting an intimate and thought-provoking encounter with the living, breathing fragments of my being.

Exhibitions

2020 · Palimpsesto

           Museu Municipal de Penafiel, Penafiel, Portugal

2019 · Raízes

           Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

2018 · Raízes

           Biblioteca Municipal José Saramago, Odemira, Portugal

2018 · Montras

           Cultivamos Cultura, São Luís, Portugal

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