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FROM THE SERRALVES COLLECTION - RECENT ACQUISITIONS: TRIS VONNA-MICHELL
from 18 NOV 2017 to 11 FEB 2018
Over the next few weeks the Serralves Museum will display two works recently acquired for the Serralves Contemporary Art Collection: Angela Bulloch's Heavy Metal Stack of Six and Tris Vonna-Michell's A Watermark: Capitol Complex.
 
Tris Vonna-Michell's A Watermark: Capitol Complex, 2015, will be on display in the Museum's Contemporary Gallery from November 18. In this work, the artist explores themes of history and culture, identity and representation, truth and fiction, focusing on the reinterpretation of histories linked to modernism. She develops a highly personal narrative associated to historical solutions whose relevance is currently being questioned, for example from the perspective of post-colonialist and feminist theories.
 
A Watermark: Capitol Complex is an installation consisting of a dual slide projection synchronized with a musical composition and a spoken track. The work is based on the story of two architectural projects by renowned Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier (1887–1965) built in a recently independent India: the city of Chandigarh (1950–65) and its Capitol Complex. While both complexes intended to express the dream of modern India and the values of democracy, they came to symbolize bureaucracy and the failure of modernist utopias.
 
Tris Vonna-Michell (UK, 1982) is a young artist who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She has already achieved remarkable international projection, and was nominated for the Turner Prize and Hugo Boss Prize. Her work has been primarily linked to two artistic media that she has used repeatedly: slide projection and the spoken word, in performance art works in which her presence and voice assume a fundamental role. She has now moved away from performance art, constituting a very significant turning point in her career. 

  • LocationSERRALVES MUSEUM
  • Days 18 NOV 2017 - 11 FEB 2018

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