Pedro Cabral Santo opens the exhibition Dragon’s Lair
CIAC researcher Pedro Cabral Santo presents the exhibition Dragon’s Lair, in the Travessa da Ermida, between June 18 and August 21, 2016. The exhibition is scheduled to open on June 18, at 6:00 p.m.
The exhibition Dragon’s Lair is comprised of one object, an enlarged pencil, an everyday pencil (Ponto Azul), hanging from the ceiling of the Ermida, on two straps, a device, which, above all else, tries to involve the viewer in a “kind of psycho-geographical drift”. An environment that aims to explore and address the role of artists and of art around problems, and generic events, anchored in our so-called contemporary societies – problems, among many subjects, connected to so-called ideological “apathies”, of the characteristic contemporary individualism or even of phenomena related to the incessant dissemination of multiple and different languages. The grey-coloured pencil evokes the permanent censorship that affects us all: artists or not.
About the artist: He studied Painting and Sculpture at the Schools of Fine Arts of Lisbon and Oporto, specialising in Installation and Video Installation. In parallel, over the last 20 years he has been working as an artist and exhibition curator, notably in the events Tilt (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon), O Pedro e o Lobo (Museum of Neo-realism), Fernando Brito 1983-2010 (Vila Flor Cultural Centre, Guimarães) and Manuel Vieira – CASA (Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon), Sem Dó, com Ré (homage to Sá de Miranda), Chiado Museum. He has exhibited recently at Galeria VPF – Creme ART Absolutely, the second part of the Unconditionally (2014), Absolutely (2015) and Unforeseen (summer, 2016) trilogy. His work addresses issues related to consumer society, involving experimental purpose, as well as the combination of technical means and cultural references that allow reflection to be triggered around the different subjects broached. He currently teaches on the Visual Arts course at the University of the Algarve and is a member of the Centre for Research in Arts and Communication.