The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab at Galeria Vera Cortês

Artists: Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas, Teresa Solar

Exhibition title: The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab

Curated by: Samuel Leuenberger

Venue: Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, Portugal

Date: November 16, 2017 – January 12, 2018

Photography: Bruno Lopes / images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

Note: Full press release can be found here

Galeria Vera Cortês presents The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, group show with works by Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas and Teresa Solar, curated by Samuel Leuenberger.

The title of the exhibition, The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, suggests a metaphorical space that needs simultaneously invasion and defense. The hermit crab uses empty snail shells or other hollow objects as a shelter for partial containment and protection of the body. And since their bodies are always changing and outgrowing their current habitat, the desire to conquer a new housing is a constant urge. The exhibition is bringing together the works of four international artists whose practices are driven by a conceptual approach to object making, bearing a strong interest in popular culture – notably a socially motivated and historicist research when constructing narratives. Thinking the behavior of the hermit crab as a conceptual starting point all four artists deconstruct cultural clichés and extrapolate a new understanding of the space they investigate. A new language is being applied for the space that is inhabited, where different bodies can navigate a multitude of different environments, physically as emotionally and spiritually. These conceptual spaces are defined by a set of economies based on a unique understanding of language, well-being and prosperity.

Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas and Teresa Solar, The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, 2018, exhibition view, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas and Teresa Solar, The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, 2018, exhibition view, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas and Teresa Solar, The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, 2018, exhibition view, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas and Teresa Solar, The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, 2018, exhibition view, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas and Teresa Solar, The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, 2018, exhibition view, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas and Teresa Solar, The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, 2018, exhibition view, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas and Teresa Solar, The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, 2018, exhibition view, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

Jan Kiefer, Untitled, 2018, Acrylic, archival paper, acrylic binder on primed canvas, Courtesy of the artist and Union Pacific

Jan Kiefer, Untitled, 2018, Acrylic, archival paper, acrylic binder on primed canvas, Courtesy of the artist and Union Pacific

Jan Kiefer, Untitled, 2018, Acrylic, archival paper, acrylic binder on primed canvas, Courtesy of the artist and Union Pacific

Teresa Solar, Bisel (Cabalga, Cabalga, Cabalga), 2018, Nut  (detail), Painted wood sculpture, 400 x 120 x 5 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Joan Prats

Teresa Solar, Bisel (Cabalga, Cabalga, Cabalga), 2018, Nut, Painted wood sculpture, 400 x 120 x 5 cm, Tiger, Plastic sculpture and plasticine, 5 x 12 x 5 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Joan Prats

Teresa Solar, Bisel (Cabalga, Cabalga, Cabalga), 2018, Tigre (detail), Plastic sculpture and plasticine, 5 x 12 x 5 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Joan Prats

Teresa Solar, Pipeline: Junction, 2018, Ceramics, metal, 170 x 70 x 40 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Travesía Cuatro

Jan Kiefer, Cactus, 2017, Stained antique glass, lead, stainless steel, 160 x 76 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Union Pacific

Augustas Serapinas, Corner from Matukai, 2018, October 21st, 2018, Courtesy of the artist and Emalin, London

Augustas Serapinas, Corner from Matukai, 2018, Reclaimed wood, 189 x 81 x 115 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Emalin, London

Augustas Serapinas, October 21st, 2018, Reclaimed window frame, stained glass, 104 x 54 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Emalin, London

Jan Kiefer, Untitled (Bluesecco), 2018, Many display box, bluesecco can, flight pack, aluminium, lacquer, electric light, 45 x 30 x 8,5 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Union Pacific

Jan Kiefer, Untitled (Perfume), 2017, Many display box, 10 and 5 Euro bills, perfume, aluminium, lacquer, electric light, 40 x 28 x 9,5 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Union Pacific

Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas and Teresa Solar, The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, 2018, exhibition view, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

Dora Budor, Installation view, From the series When the Sick Rule the World, 2018, A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure, Digital print, Courtesy of the artist and GALERIA VERA CORTÊS

Dora Budor, From the series When the Sick Rule the World, 2018, A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure, Digital print, 66,5 × 100 cm, Courtesy of the artist and GALERIA VERA CORTÊS

Dora Budor, Installation view, From the series When the Sick Rule the World, 2018, A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure, Digital print, Courtesy of the artist and GALERIA VERA CORTÊS

Dora Budor, From the series When the Sick Rule the World, 2018, A Certain Hazy Condition, Digital print, 66,5 × 100 cm, Courtesy of the artist and GALERIA VERA CORTÊS

Dora Budor, Installation view, From the series When the Sick Rule the World, 2018, At the Energy Bank, Digital print, Courtesy of the artist and GALERIA VERA CORTÊS

Dora Budor, From the series When the Sick Rule the World, 2018, At the Energy Bank, Digital print, 66,5 × 100 cm, Courtesy of the artist and GALERIA VERA CORTÊS

Dora Budor, Installation view, From the series When the Sick Rule the World, 2018, A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure, Digital print, Courtesy of the artist and GALERIA VERA CORTÊS

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