Art exhibition: On White, by Cristina Oliveira

February 14, 2019

Photography exhibition at Casa Morgado Esporão - 1st March until 30th April 2019

On White

 

White is many whites, many textures, some shadows; under and over white many forms are inscribed.

 

The sum of all colours is by definition what is said of white, however, it has already become banal. It is not a "colour" that awes, that surprises us in our urban landscape. It is rather a colour that mutes or illuminates objects whether upon it the light shines or conceals.

 

Common forms are for us those we see systematically and to which we no longer consecrate a minute of our time because it seems to be a waste to observe what has become a matrix in everyday life.

 

There is between white and the shadows projected in it, or the marks inscribed by time, a fusion, that becomes, in certain cases, a double specular nature happening - there we can see drawn and illuminated the silhouette of a woman, a face here, an animal there, or accidents that transports us to more abstract or more poetic reflections.

 

To gather the white "colour," in its variousnuanceswith the unconscious invisibility of the plastic and mute signs that we cross daily, was in this series, the theme that I resolved to explore.

 

About the artist

 

Cristina Oliveira was born in O’Porto in 1963 and studied architecture (1984-1988) at ESAP.

 

She is a multidisciplinary artist (painting, mix-media, installation, sculpture and photo-performance), started including photography in her work since 2005, having participated in photo-festivals, collective and individual exhibitions in Portugal and abroad.

 

Attended the workshop - Brief history of photography and digital technique– with the Portuguese photographer José M. Rodrigues.

 

Published a book with photographic works in 2010.

 

Is a collaborator of Getty Images since 2013.

 

Was present in several national and international exhibitions. She is represented in several private collections in Portugal and abroad.

 

Was co-founder of the project Lobo Mau, gallery of contemporary art, in Arraiolos from 2008 to 2012

 

From 2010, she was a programmer, organizer of events, public relations and other functions necessary for the operation of the gallery until 2012.

 

Galeria Lobo Mau has organized more than 30 individual and collective exhibitions with artists of different nationalities, as well as events related to music, poetry, video art, performances, street expositions, cinema sessions, among other initiatives.

 

She was a collaborator of Córtex Frontal artist's residence between 2015 and 2018. There she did several photographic works, two of them in collaboration with resident artists.

 

Participated in the exhibition "WAH! - We are here "at the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation in Évora with some works from the series Space Oddities.

 

Her work explores, in various forms, themes such as identity, tangibility and escape, sleep and consciousness, concepts of border and transcendence, restlessness, ubiquity and permanence.

    

 

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