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from 10 APR 2019 to 02 JUL 2019
Survey exhibition of one of the most renowned contemporary artists.

Joana Vasconcelos (Paris, 1971) has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s. The nature of Joana Vasconcelos’ creative process is based on the appropriation, decontextualisation and subversion of pre-existent objects and everyday realities. Sculptures and installations, which are revealing of an acute sense of scale and mastery of colour, as well as the recourse to performances and video or photographic records, all combine in the materialisation of concepts which challenge the pre-arranged routines of the quotidian. Starting out from ingenious operations of displacement, a reminiscence of the readymade and the grammars of nouveau réalisme and pop, the artist offers us a complicit vision, but one which is at the same time critical of contemporary society and the several features which serve the enunciations of collective identity, especially those that concern the status of women, class distinction or national identity. From this process derives a speech which is attentive to contemporary idiosyncrasies, where the dichotomies of hand-crafted/industrial, private/public, tradition/modernity and popular culture/erudite culture are imbued with affinities that are apt to renovate the usual fluxes of signification which are characteristic of contemporaneity.
Petit Gâteau is one of the works of the series "Delícias” ["Treats”].  Seductive as the strategies of conquest which govern our present age, the works from the "Treats” series display themselves as giant and colourful ice cream cones, slices of tart and cupcakes put together through the accumulation of different layers of plastic moulds — apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, croissants and pretzels — commonly used to play at the beach. The oversized scale and the colourfulness capture the immediate attention of the viewer, despite not entirely concealing the consequent hollowness of the objects. Even food has not managed to escape the excess and exaggeration of the unabashed contemporary strategies of seduction which do nothing but compensate the absence of the essence through the exuberance of the appearance.
  • Days 10 APR 2019 - 02 JUL 2019

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