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Light of September

Galeria do paço/cdc paço, u. minho, braga, 2022

Tiago Madaleno - Light of September - center view

© Photo credits: Joana Patrão

Light of September (2021-...)
Installation view: oil on canvas,, eight canvas, 120 x 200 cm each.

Light of September invokes painting to reflect on the representation of an idea of Love as a lasting event, as a performance in time.


The point of departure for this project is the state of incommunicability between two characters who love each other – a caring figure and one who needs care. In the limits of their interactions, the maintenance gestures towards their house become sublimated into declarations of love, of fidelity to a construction. Fiction is used as a tool to create a love event, which is manifested through this maintenance dialogue established between a body and the architecture of a house.


Through paintings that simultaneously invoke the scale and narrative aspirations of historical paintings, as well as the ambitions of magic behind the intimate and repetitive gesture of the ex-votive practice, Light of September reflects upon the tensions inherent to the representation of the love drama: how to translate its bond with time, its tenacity? How to represent Love as work, beyond the miracle of the encounter? How to transcribe the ritual of declarations inherent to the love commitment to a promise of eternity?


Light of September proposes Love as a kaleidoscopic house, where space and time get closer to infinity through the gestures of caring and through the futures that the body never ceases to repeat. In that sense, this exhibition is just the beginning of this project: from now on, every year, at least one more painting will be produced. One more wall for the house, one more gesture of fidelity to that construction. Until its possible. 

Light of September was produced with the support of Garantir Cultura, a grant for artistic creation awarded by the Portuguese Republic, and in collaboration with Universidade do Minho, Rede Casas do Conhecimento, Appleton - Cultural Association, Parco archeologico di Pompei and Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico.

Artist book: The home fires

 

Tiago Madaleno - Light of September - entrance

© Photo credits: Joana Patrão and Tiago Madaleno

Light of September (2021-...)
Exhibition views

Tiago Madaleno - Interior - Light of September - Luz de Setembro - pintura - painting

© Photo credits: Joana Patrão and Tiago Madaleno

Light of September (2021-...)
Oil on canvas, eight canvas, 120 x 200 cm each.
Titles from order of appearance: 1) Interior, 2) Surface, 3) Wallpaper, 4) Door, 5) Window, 6) Tunnel, 7) Room, 8) Corner.

Tiago Madaleno - Luz de Setembro - Light of September - painting - pintura

© Photo credits: Joana Patrão

© Photo credits: Joana Patrão and Tiago Madaleno

Light of September (2021-...)
Details
 

Tiago Madaleno - Luz de Setembro - Light of September - Elevation - Alçado - pintura - painting

© Photo credits: Joana Patrão

Elevation (2021-2022)
Oil on canvas, 31,6 x 45 cm

Credits: 

Concept: Tiago Madaleno.

Installation assistance: Joana Patrão and Bruno Dias - Galeria do Paço.

Institutional partner: Portuguese Republic (Garantir Cultura).

Other partners; Universidade do Minho, Rede Casas do Conhecimento, Appleton - Cultural Association, Parco archeologico di Pompei and Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico. 


Special Thanks to: Prof. Dra. Joana Aguiar e Silva, Thays Cunha, Júlia Costa, Daniel Vieira da Silva, Marta Mestre, António de Castro Caeiro, Federica Polenta, Vera Appleton, Leonor Lloret, Joana Patrão, Adriana Romero, Inês Oliveira, Daniel Fonseca, Jorge Morgado, Paulo Madaleno, Fátima Madaleno and Graça Madaleno.