The group exhibition Space for the Body presents
a set of works by Portuguese and international artists that focus on the body
as a creative and perceptive agent, exploring its relationship with space and
time, with movement and absence, and with architecture and intimacy.
The starting point for the exhibition is the
distinctive spatial characteristics of the Caves Ferreira wine cellars and the
sensory experience created by walking through its spaces, taking advantage of
its interior darkness, the rhythm of its repeating shapes and shadows, and the
expansion and contraction of its halls and passageways. Inspired by the legacy
of the iconic figure of Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, Space for the Body focuses on the work of women artists who have deepened a reflection
about space and the body, challenging its limits. While some artists explore
the formal, phenomenological, and conceptual outlines of this theme, others
delve into its personal, social, and political implications.
Positing the body as a situation, as a mediator of the
world and as an aggregator of experiences and memories, opens paths of
investigation into questions of identity that run through the works of
different artists represented in the show. The exhibition includes sculptural
works and sound installations that appeal to the senses and to the viewer's
movement through space, as well as works by artists that dissolve the limits
between their body and their practice - an approach that gained expression in
the 1960s and 1970s. Space for the Body brings together works
from this period to the present day, covering the representative time span of
the Serralves Collection.
The exhibition is part of the Serralves Collection’s
Itinerant Exhibition Programme, which aims to make the Foundation's collection
accessible to different audiences across the country.
Curated by Joana