Corpo Corpo Corpo

Group show
Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian (CAM), Lisbon (PT)

Rui Calçada Bastos

In a sea container installed in the garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a cycle of videos from the CAM Collection is presented between May and August, curated by a group of young people who are part of the cultural co-programming project Gulbenkian 15-25 IMAGINA.

As a first part of the series “Latent Echoes”, we suggest a dialogue between the works Listen to me by Helena Almeida and Left (L)overs by Rui Calçada Bastos, which expose tensions between two bodies: a ghostly female body, installed in mute, and a male body, on its back, solid and ethereal at the same time, that struggles to leave something behind. Tapping his hands on his own shoulders, the man creates a constant, echoing rhythm, like the sound of a bullet. The release of movement results in a mark left by the dust caught in his hands and suspended in the air.

In this dialogue, the bodies struggle: in Listen to me, the struggle is that of a body trying to overcome the limits of the membrane-barrier that encloses it and that of a voice claiming to be heard; in Left (L)overs, the tension of the body refers to what is abandoned and to the materiality destined to become a set of particles in the air.


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