Jonathas de Andrade, "The fish" (frame), 2016 Jonathas de Andrade

Jonathas de Andrade participates in “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”

(Azores, Portugal)

Featuring works by eight artists (including the multimedia Argentinian artist Amalia Pica and the Brazilian artist Diogo Evangelista, asides from Jonathas de Andrade) and curated by João Mourão and Luís Silva,”Untitled (How Does It Feel)” brings together a selection of works that hold the keys for their own decoding. The idea of a locker with its own secret doesn’t mean, however, the works on view until July 28th are simple or “easy.” Similarly to a puzzle, they can be complex and full of subtleties and nuances.

The show is held in a mall in Ponta Delgada, and its location is the first step in the process of decoding. The SolMar Center is a 1970s seashore building complex composed of two residential towers and the shopping mall on which the exhibition is being held. It’s scale is torn, too big and too tall for Ponta Delgada. It’s also abandoned. After being a gym, an office place, and everything else, representing an alignment with the “real” modern life, or its perception, through a desire-producing device. Up until now, it served as an improvised storage for the shopping mall. The desire fueling the development has not been able to trigger the use of the space. Or has it?

The exhibition works around all these criteria, reflecting upon ideas of looking and desiring, as well as the status of images and objects as devices that produce desire, and whatever form that desire may take: owning, loving, lusting, longing, hoping. The presented works all have in common their willingness to be looked at; each one longs to be the object of desire of the visitor’s gaze.

André Romão, “Shell (mineral eroticism) 5”, 2015, photo by Bruno Lopes / Image taken from WalkTalk Azores

“Untitled (How Does It Feel)”, featuring Amalia Pica, André Romão, Anna Franceschini, Bruno Pacheco, Diogo Evangelista, Joana Escoval, Jonathas de Andrade, Luís Lázaro Matos
Curated by João Mourão and Luís Silva
On view from June 30th to July 28th
SolMar Center
Av. Infante Dom Henrique 71 – Ponta Delgada
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