Curator: Sérgio Mah
Invited artist: Gonçalo Barreiros
O pequeno mundo (The Small World) is a group exhibition that brings together paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and photographs by 24 Portuguese artists, including many of the major figures from the Portuguese art scene in recent decades.
This exhibition consists of a diversified group of works that evoke one of the most distinctive features of artistic practice: the possibility – the vocation – of creating peculiar worlds, in-between worlds, quasi-worlds, parallel alternative and projective worlds that question the realities in which we live.
Accordingly, artists were chosen who have distinguished themselves through their profoundly idiosyncratic nature and the way in which they construct mirror worlds, creating fields open to the imagination, exploring the transfigurative capacities inherent in the artistic process, understood as a privileged way of transforming and converting some things into others, and changing the status and symbolism of what is in front of us.
* Exhibition originally presented at the Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum, in Chaves, between November 2020 and February 2021.