Light of September
Galeria do paço/cdc paço, u. minho, braga, 2022
© 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.