|Vasco Araújo is now Represented by Galeria Baginski (2.8.2013)|
||We are pleased to announce that artist VASCO ARAÚJO is now represented by GALERIA BAGINSKI.|
VASCO ARAÚJO (b. Lisbon, 1975), currently lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
Having graduated in Sculpture by the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon in 1999, he also attended the Visual Arts Advanced Course at Maumaus Lisboa (1999-2000), winning in 2003 the EDP Novos Artistas Award, with the dual installation Sabine/ Brunilde.
His diverse work includes a wide range of artistic media, such as performance, video, installation, sculpture and photography. The explored themes often concern the notion of identity, perceived as being both ambiguous and fluid, deeply grounded in the enactment of specific social behavioral codes that mediate the subject's relationship with oneself, the other and the world.
In this sense, pieces such as La Stupenda (2001), Dilema (2004) and Far de Donna (2006) explore the different ways the body is adjusted to social regulations, by shaping the voice and gesture, thus reinforcing the notion of enactment as a basic condition for human interaction. Also to be noted the recurring referentiality to the Baroque, in its artistic and social elaborations, like Opera and court etiquette, in the way their illusionistic and theatrical dimensions are transferred to the sphere of social relationships.
From VASCO ARAÚJO's work also arise issues of a postcolonial reflection, in such pieces as The Girl from the Golden West (2004), presented at the 51st Venice Biennial (2005), based on the opera by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), and the two exhibitions under the title Debret (Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2013; Pavilhão Branco - Museu da Cidade, 2010), based on Jean-Baptiste Debret's graphic work. The images by the french artist on the daily interactions between white masters and the black slave population in 19th Century's Brazil are juxtaposed to Padre António Vieira's quotes, as a way to reflect upon the power based relationships grounded on the objectification of the other.
Currently exhibiting Debret at the São Paulo's Pinacoteca (16.03 - 25.08.2013), curated by Ivo Mesquita, it is also highlighted VASCO ARAÚJO's participation at the 28th São Paulo's Biennial, with the performance Em vivo Contacto, curated by Ivo Mesquita and Ana Paula Cohen.
VASCO ARAÚJO has been exhibiting since the early 2000's, both in Portugal and abroad, from which the following solo exhibitions are highlighted, Vulcano, Museu Geológico, Lisbon. Mais que uma vida, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Debret, Pavilhão Branco - Museu da Cidade, Lisbon (2010); Vasco Araújo: Per-Versions, The Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, USA (2008); A Hand of Bridge, Centro de Arte Moderna - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Perruque, La Suite, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France (2007); Dilema, curated by João Fernandes, Museu de Serralves, Porto (2004); and the group exhibitions Super 8, MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013); Eu fui o que tu és, e tu serás o que eu sou, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazi; Are you still Awake?, MNAC - Museu do Chiado, Lisbon; Riso, Fundação EDP, Lisbon (2012); Super 8, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA, Coleccionando El Tiempo (…), Instituto Cervantes São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); A Culpa Não é Minha - Obras da Colecção António Cachola, Museu Colecção Berardo - Arte Moderna e Contemporânea, Lisbon; Res Pública, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Investigations of a Dog (…), La Maison Rouge, Paris, France; Uma das margens da história - Exemplos de Videoarte Portuguesa, Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro/ MIS - Museu da Imagem e Som, São Paulo, Brazil (2010).
VASCO ARAÚJO's work is currently represented in several institutional collections, such as the Georges Pompidou Centre, France; Museo Reina Sofia, Espanha; Crédit Suisse, EUA; Museum of Fine Arts Houston, EUA; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian; Helga de Alvear; Fundação Carmona e Costa; Museu Colecção Berardo; Museu de Serralves/ Fundação de Serralves; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; Colecção António Cachola; BES Art; Banco de España, Espanha, among others.
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Painted wood table and egg, painted fimo figures, metal and graphite; Text: Padre António Vieira's quotes | Dimensões variáveis. Dimensions variable