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Francisco Tropa

Francisco Tropa
Monte falso [False Hill], 1997/2001
Trapezoidal prism on iron sheet, mirror
c. 110 x Ø 650 cm
Coll. Banco Privado Português, S.A. estate liquidation, on long-term loan to Fundação de Serralves — Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto

Francisco Tropa (Lisbon, Portugal, 1968) uses a formal language in which sculpture, architecture, painting, photography, cinema, and theatre combine and intersect with the viewers’ perception by drawing on sensorial and cognitive experience.

As the title suggests, Monte falso [False Hill] is a landscape-integrated mound of earth containing a trapezoidal prism diagonally crossed by a mirror. The piece has two openings: a vertical one, through which the mirror reflects the landscape, and a horizontal one, through which viewers see the reflected landscape. The mirror frames a fragment of reality as if to demonstrate that whatever is seen is always a mediated representation, thus offering viewers a new optical experience of the place where they stand.

Monte falso was installed in the Park in 2001 as part of ‘Squatters/Ocupações’, an exhibition co-produced by the Serralves Foundation, Sociedade Porto 2001 — Capital Europeia da Cultura, and the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, in Rotterdam.

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