RED LIGHT: Sexualidade e representação na Coleção Norlinda e José Lima
26 september 2020 — 4 july 2021
Curator: Sandra Vieira Jürgens

RED LIGHT features a selection of works from the Norlinda and José Lima Collection dealing with sexuality across multiple topics that are presented both as complementary counterpoints and dissonant confrontations: the representation of the body, male and female nudity, eroticism, fantasy, desire and pain, object and subject, pleasure and domination, the places of female representation, the male gaze, voyeurism, exhibitionism and self-representation in art. To speak of sexuality and the relationship between bodies during a pandemic that required restraint of, and even abstention from, physical contact is also to reflect on the consequences of distancing as it takes place. What are the conditions made available by the simultaneous fragilization of the individual and the community, conditioned by fear of contagion, to a collective and individual encounter of bodies? What could be the role of evoking the eroticism (or the erotic vocation) of art in revaluating desire and the risk of a society henceforth more attentive to the meaning and the implications of physical proximity? Bringing together different origins and periods, the works on show are organized on the margins of a monolithic vision of the theme, the chronology and any attempt to neatly categorize art movements. The exhibition includes works by more than seventy artists, such as Alberto García-Alix, Albuquerque Mendes, Álvaro Lapa, Andres Serrano, Eduardo Arroyo, Graça Pereira Coutinho, Gonçalo Pena, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, João Penalva, Júlia Ventura, Pedro Casqueiro, Mauro Cerqueira, Muntean/Rosenblum, Nancy Spero, Rosa Carvalho, Ricardo Valentim, Vasco Barata and Sam Samore. With this transgenerational panorama, with its multiple approaches to an essential and fundamental dimension of existence, RED LIGHT generates a space beyond convention, moralism and manifesto and extends an invitation to sensitive and intuitive contact with the works, reclaiming visual pleasure and acknowledging the attraction of pictorial and photographic eroticism.

Artists: Alberto García-Alix, Albuquerque Mende, Álvaro Lapa, Ana Cardoso, Ana Laura Aláez, André Cepeda, Andres Serrano, Ângelo de Sousa, António Trindade, Artur Cruzeiro Seixas, Bernard Rancillac, Carlos Figueiredo, Carlos Lobo, Carlos Vidal, Carmen Calvo, Cindy Sherman, Eduardo Arroyo, Enrique Marty, Fernão Cruz, Francisco Relógio, Gonçalo Pena, Graça Pereira Coutinho, Graça Sarsfield, Helena Abreu, Ilda David, Jacques Monory, João Gabriel, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, João Onofre, João Pedro Vale + Nuno Alexandre Ferreira, João Penalva, João Tabarra, João Vilhena, Joaquim Bravo, Joaquim Rodrigo, Jorge Galindo, José de Guimarães, Júlia Ventura, Julião Sarmento, Júlio Pomar, KCHO, Leonel Moura, Luís Demée, Manuel Botelho, Mário Cesariny, Mauro Cerqueira, Miguel Palma, Muntean/Rosenblum, Musa paradisiaca, Nan Goldin, Nancy Spero, Nelson Leirner, Nikias Skapinakis, Nobuyoshi Araki, Paula Sousa Cardoso, Paulo Nozolino, Pedro Casqueiro, Pedro Proença, Pedro Tudela, Raúl Perez, Ricardo Valentim, Rigo, Robert Longo, Rosa Carvalho, Rui Chafes, Sam Samore, Santiago Ydáñez, Tiago Baptista, Vanessa Beecroft, Vasco Barata e Vicente de Mello.

Sandra Vieira Jürgens is a curator and art historian. She is the coordinating guest lecturer of the Post-Graduation in Art Curatorship at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is guest lecturer and coordinator of the BA in Photography and Visual Culture at IADE – Faculty of Design, Technology and Communication (European University). Jürgens is a researcher at the Art History Institute IHA-FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. She is the author of the book Instalações Provisórias: Independência, autonomia, alternativa e informalidade. Artistas e exposições em Portugal no século XX (2016) and the director of the digital platforms Wrong Wrong and raum: online art residencies.

Exhibition views © Dinis Santos

Visit to the exhibition by the curator Sandra Vieira Jürgens

Exhibition catalog

210 x 140 mm
255 pp
Bilingual POR/ENG
Design: V-A Studio
Legal deposit: 484976/21
€ 30.00


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