The Raft

The Raft

©Fatamorgana, Salomé Lamas, color/black and white, dolby 5.1 sound, 120′, Portugal-France-Lebanon, HD vídeo, 2:39, 2018/19


Curated by

Bruno Leitão


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In the “Stone Raft” by José Saramago, the characters are floating into a future where they don’t know what to expect. Like them, the three artists seem to be collectively yet independently moving into uncertain territories, navigating to the confines of our society.
Between art for art’s sake and agency, these artists are wedged amidst inward and outward considerations reflecting on questions that are often invisible because they are so ingrained in our cultures.
These questions are posed by a fundamental need to critically approach preconceived notions of what, who, and when is appropriate. From bioethics to extractivism, to the power of art to have agency, these works make visible what is often is not.
The works presented here perform extraordinary lives, determined characters, and surprising outcomes. They are masters and victims of the times in which they live. Just like in a drifting stone raft, they progress despite their circumstances.

Bruno Leitão was born in Lisbon in 1979 and lives between Madrid and Lisbon.

He is the curatorial director of Hangar – Artistic Research Center. At Hangar he has curated and organized several exhibitions, including Cuaderno de Ejercicios by Luis Camnitzer (2019), Ilha de Vénus de Kiluanji Kia Henda (2018); Cubismo Ideológico by Carlos Amorales (2017); Plagiarizing the Future, co-curated with Andrea Rodríguez Novoa, with artists Edouard Decam, Elena Bajo, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Jordi Colomer, Letícia Ramos, Louidgi Beltrame, Marlon de Azambuja and Rosa Barba (2016); Untitled by João Onofre and Principio Tautológico with Igor Jesus, Sara and André, Cristina Garrido, Javier Núñez Gasco, João Paulo Serafim, João Ferro Martins, Daniel Barroca, Paolo Chiasera and Los Torreznos (2015).

As an independent curator, he recently curated Taxidermy of the Future at the Natural History Museum of Angola and the Lubumbashi Biennial (Lubumbashi, R.D.Congo, 2019); Pouco a Pouco, Ângela Ferreira’s first solo exhibition in Spain at CGAC (Santiago de Compostela, 2019); Affective Utopia at the Kadist Foundation (Paris, 2019) with artists Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck, Luis Camnitzer, Ângela Ferreira, Alfredo Jaar, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba, Reynier Leyva Novo and Paulo Nazareth; Topology of the Aura with Carles Congost, Javier Núñez Gasco, Igor Jesus, Sara and André at the Bacelos gallery (Madrid, 2016); El Buen Caligrama at The Goma Gallery (Madrid, 2015); You Love Me, You Love Me Not at the Porto Municipal Gallery (Porto, 2015); Atelier Utopia in Porto EDP Foundation (2012); Contr/act at 3 + 1 Arte Contemporânea (Lisbon, 2014); among others.

He has contributed to several magazines and catalogs. Among them, we highlight Atlantica: Contemporary arts from Angola and its diaspora (Hangar Books), The Gap (curated by Luc Tuymans at Parasol Unit, London, and Mukha, Antwerp), Atlántica magazine, Dardo Magazine, Artishock (Chile) and Artecapital.