|ARCO, Madrid 2010, with a Solo Project by André Romão|
|Baginski Galeria/Projectos is proud to present its participation in Arco, Madrid 2010, with a Solo Project by André Romão (Lisbon 1984), curated by Adriano Pedrosa.|
André Romão's work explores both the overlapping of and the flaws and absences of sense in historical, literary and artistic episodes. Such exploration has as a goal the opening up of a broad field of meaning, a precarious ground between ethics and aesthetics, politics and poetics, historiography and mysticism. The artist acts through a continuous research on the human aspects that can be found in cultural production and, more specifically, in the inevitability of transition within historical cycles.
The present work entitled "Everything lasts forever: Persian War / War of Independence" draws its references from the two historical episodes present in the title, separated almost 2400 years in time, and the two literary works that have settled the way we understand such periods, respectively Aeschylus' The Persians and Hölderlin's Hyperion.
Both references point towards periods of change, and their inherent flaws, overlappings, energy and fear of change, which constitute the core of the works specifically developed for and now being presented. It is history's repetitions and cycles that constitute the core of the present work.
While works such as "Model for a rhetoric sculpture", present a re-reading on the literary and historical fonts, others as "Delphi" and the minimalist-like structure of "Sculpture" try to settle a common ground for the trans-temporal nature of events with its reference to Greece's conceptual and mythological centre as a subjected the battleground. Finally the work "everything last Forever (bones)" offers a more poetical but also discursive reading with its approach to cycles.
His last show, "The winter of (our) discontent" at Kunsthalle Lissabon comes in line with a series of previous projects ("Nothing lasts forever", Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon and "Everything lasts forever", Pavilhão Branco, City Museum, Lisbon), that are part of a work cycle entitled "The perfect state" and through which Romão researches the individual's position in a larger human community (historical, political, social, emotional) and towards the inevitable passing of time.
André Romão was born in Lisbon in 1984 and currently lives and works in Berlin. Having studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, he has currently a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's fellowship as a resident artist at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, in Berlin. Romão has shown work in: "The Winter of (our) Discontent", Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon PT, 2010; "En la cuerda floja", Galeria Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid ES, 2009; "O Sol morre cedo", Pavilhão Branco - Museu da Cidade, Lisbon PT, 2009; "Democracia entre Tiranos", Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon PT, 2009; "JENSEITS", EnBlanco, Berlin DE, 2009; "Ocorrência", Galeria Baginski, Lisbon PT, 2008; "Luoghi per Eroi", Vianuova-Arte Contemporanea, Florence IT, 2008 and "A river ain't too much to love", Spike Island, Bristol, UK, 2008. In 2007, Romão was awarded the EDP New Artists Award.