Morphogenesis at Galeria Francisco Fino

Artists: Gabriel Abrantes, Caroline Achaintre, Vasco Araújo Irma Blank, José Pedro Cortes, Debora Delmar Corp., Alexandre Estrela, Karlos Gil, Sasha Litvintseva, Maria Loboda, Arnout Meijer, Adrien Missika, Saskia Noor van Imhoff, Diana Policarpo, Mariana Silva, Marta Soares, Tris Vonna-Michell

Exhibition title: Morphogenesis

Curated by: João Laia

Venue: Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, Portugal

Date: May 16 – July 28, 2017

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Galeria Francisco Fino

Galeria Francisco Fino opening show Morphogenesis gathers works by 17 Portuguese and international artists, including those represented by the gallery – Gabriel Abrantes, José Pedro Cortes, Karlos Gil, Mariana Silva, Marta Soares, Tris Vonna-Michell, Vasco Araújo and Adrien Missika. The latest are in this occasion joined by Alexandre Estrela, Arnout Meijer, Caroline Achaintre, Débora Delmar, Diana Policarpo, Irma Blank, Maria Loboda, Sasha Litvintseva e Saskia Noor Van Imhoff, in a selection of works through which the curator João Laia proposes to investigate and develop new artistic organisms.

We are experiencing a critical period of change. Below the surface, tectonic forces have intensified unforeseeably, questioning previously stable contours of reality. Life is being defined by a sweeping notion of crisis which underlines the multilayered social embeddedness of ecology, economy, politics, representation and science.

We are left to inhabit an interstice of fluid boundaries and to witness the friction of opposing movements and different perceptions of space and time; a transitional moment of hybrid conditions and arrangements in which new entities are taking shape. The word morphogenesis describes the development process of an organism’s form. It is a concept originally found in biology which here signals the current moment of transition.

This exhibition focuses on ideas such as transformation and difference, analysing the present and speculating about the future by looking at how change is affecting our notion of what life is and what it might become. The selection of artists included analyses how affect, capital, images, language, objects and systems are being constituted and transformed while circulating. Their combined investigations create a polyphonic map embracing the complexities and paradoxes of our current condition.

Morphogenesis, 2017, exhibition view, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon

Morphogenesis, 2017, exhibition view, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon

Morphogenesis, 2017, exhibition view, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon

Morphogenesis, 2017, exhibition view, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon

Morphogenesis, 2017, exhibition view, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon

Morphogenesis, 2017, exhibition view, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon

Morphogenesis, 2017, exhibition view, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon

Gabriel Abrantes, Untitled, 2016, Enamel and pinewood, 251 x 184 x 6,5 cm

Caroline Achaintre, Om Nom Ore, 2015, Hand tufted wool, 280 x 200 cm

Vasco Araújo, Adansonia, 2017, Installation Metal structure, drawings on paper (each 155x250cm), video (8’14’’), Text: Vasco Araújo, Variable dimensions

Irma Blank, Radical Writings, Exercitium vom 2-3-89, 1989, Oil on paper, 32 x 24 cm; Radical Writings, Exercitium vom 12-3-89, 1989, Oil on paper, 32 x 24 cm

José Pedro Cortes, Costa 2014, Inkjet print on paper, Variable Dimensions

Alexandre Estrela, Teia, 2010, Video, Loop, Variable Dimensions

Karlos Gil, L’Objet de Repetition, 2016, Ceramic wire, 3D printing, steel, industrial grey wall paint, Variable Dimensions

Karlos Gil, L’Objet de Repetition, 2016, Ceramic wire, 3D printing, steel, industrial grey wall paint, 48 x 80 x 30

Maria Loboda, Two Depth Boys (I), 2016, Aluminium box and objects, 90 x 65 x 40 cm

Maria Loboda, Two Depth Boys (II), 2016, Aluminium box and objects, 90 x 65 x 40 cm

Adrien Missika, Botanical Frottage (Ancelle), 2017, Glass, aluminum, crystal clear foil print, 200 x 160 cm

Adrien Missika, Botanical Frottage (France), 2017, Glass, aluminum, crystal clear foil print, 200 x 160 cm

Arnout Meijer & Saskia Noor van Imhoff, Second Spade #07 & Second Spade #8, 2017, Perspex, pewter, plaster, pcb, led, wax, glass powder, 50 x 160 x 10 cm.

Saskia Noor van Imhoff, #+26.02, 2016, Humidifier, plexiglas, metal, stone, sesame seeds, bottles, foam, stickers, steel brush, Variable dimensions

Mariana Silva, Warp, Web and Weft, 2014, Digital animation on HD video, sound, tv, tripod, 7’’

Mariana Silva, P/p, 2013, HD Video, color, no-sound, loop, text, 2’’

Marta Soares, Untitled, 2015, Mixed technique on coffee burlap sack, 135x105cm

Tris Vonna-Michell, Registers, 2017, Film installation, consisting of photo montage, in-built lcd screen, sound work on speakers and headphones, 12~30, loop

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