Curated by Mara Alves, the exhibition will present work by the winning artists, inviting the visitor to look at the past from a perspective of constructive evolution, alongside eleven etchings by Paula Rego, including "La Mano Muerta", here on public show for the first time. Drawn in 1962/1964, this work is a critique of censorship, which explains why the artist kept it concealed during the dictatorship; it then lay forgotten until its discovery by Paula Rego's son, announced in 2020.
“The aim of this show is to present Portuguese artists whose work responds to the challenges facing Europe in the 21st century. Alive to changing social and artistic phenomena, Portugal today stands out as an example of cultural renewal: up to date, thriving and irreversibly globalised, whilst still preserving its creative roots, distinctively visible in the work of all the artists on show in this exhibition. Inspired by a kaleidoscope of themes, the artists are relentless in the pursuit of their language, ready to explain their imaginary worlds and mindful of the expressive dimension of contemporary reality", said the curator, Mara Alves.
The opening of the exhibition will be marked by a harp recital by Frederica Vieira Campos, a Portuguese student at the Royal College of Music.
Paula Rego and Her Contemporaries
1 June – 16 July 2021, Monday to Friday 10h00 – 18h00
12 Star Gallery, The European Parliament Liaison Office, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU, UK
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Her thirst for culture and the arts, as well as a fascination with travel and discovery led her to move to London in 2015, where she works as an artist and art teacher. Her artwork explores the relationship between women and nature. The human figure, the feminine and the natural world are recurrent themes through which memories, emotions and symbolisms emerge.
He regards himself as a painter of modern lives, presenting the working class and the subjectivity of migrants, in order to challenge a supposedly objective and historically dominant narrative. His audio essay “Bristoler Chronik”, developed with Bricks Bristol, explores this approach and is available on Apple Podcasts.