Xana opens CONTENTORES 2016 [CONTAINERS 2016]

CIAC collaborator Xana, along with António Olaio, opens CONTENTORES 2016, on June 11, at 6:00 pm, on the roof of Cascais Marina car park. The exhibition runs from June 11 to July 31, 2016.


The ‘CONTENTORES Cascais’ project aims to play a proactive role in adopting an unconventional format in contemporary public art, revealed through artistic expression by acclaimed artists in the Portuguese art scene, but according to a site-specific brief. This conceptual solution (site-specific) involves the need to regenerate and revive this concrete urban space (roof of the Marina car park), without losing its identity or transforming its shape, but as a refocusing or redefinition of priorities at its origin and the specific purpose of its location.

To be more precise, this is about the “container” object as part of a specifically urban setting that is present in a mass occupation, (apparently) chaotically and shoddily imposed on us and hurting our eyes. The intention is to reuse a space through previously existing objects, reorganising them and presenting them as an element as important for the work as the artistic objects themselves.

By internalising the previous premises and equating the location of CONTENTORES Cascais in key areas of this resort region, this project aims to release art from its traditional spaces and also to promote the use of places formerly unrelated to museum and similar purposes, when vying for the promotion of fair access to culture, a fundamental element in modern societies of increasing citizenship.

Without culture full citizenship cannot exist.

With this aesthetic (but also pragmatic) stance, our belief is to achieve an ideal characterised by the massification of access to art, in a veritable manifestation of the concept of public art in which it spontaneously comes into contact with the viewer, with nothing but a minimum of conscious effort on the part of the latter required for this to happen. By its nature, public art favours the place of the viewer, when taking the initiative to promote the encounter when “it comes down” from its pedestal. Easing access to its sensory perception. However, this isn’t just about the audience becoming the reason for the unusual location of the work, but also in the surrounding space itself. The surrounding landscape does not function as a backdrop, but is rather transformed into the constitutive origin, inseparable from the artistic manifestation.



Xana was born in Lisbon in 1959 and gained a degree in Fine Arts from the Lisbon School of Fine Arts in Lisbon in 1984, the same year in which he moved to Lagos, in the Algarve. He is co-author of the Visual Arts degree project, of the University of the Algarve, where he has been a guest professor since 2004. Since 1981, as a visual artist he has undertaken various exhibitions, scenographies and interventions in public spaces. In 2005, Culturgest, in Lisbon, presented an anthological selection of his works, entitled “Arte Opaca e Outros Fantasmas” [Opaque Art and Other Ghosts].

In recent years he has focused his artistic work on the creation of temporary public art installations/constructions. Highlights within this context include the construction, in 2009, a large “Triumphal Arch” on the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona. On 2010 he presented, in the gardens of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the installation “Assembleia”, as part of the “Res Publica” exhibition. From February to June 2012, his installation “Nova Assembleia e algumas próteses” appeared in the Chiado Museum.

In the spring of 2012, he built the sculptural intervention “Uma Casa no Céu” [A House in the Sky] in the Almourol Contemporary Sculpture Park, Vila Nova da Barquinha. In 2013, he created the “Amor Libera Lux” installation as part of the “Vicente ’13” initiative in Belém, Lisbon.

Xana’s work can be found in several museums and public collections, including: the Serralves Museum in Oporto, the Kunstlerhaus-Musonturm, in Frankfurt, the Luso-American Foundation and the Modern Art Centre of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon.

Antonio Olaio

António Olaio was born in 1963, in Lubango, Angola. He lives in Coimbra. He is a professor on the Architecture Course and Director of the College of Arts of the University of Coimbra. The evolution of his work as a performer in the 1980s led to him being a singer, between 1987 and 1992, with the group Repórter Estrábico, and, since 1994, with the musician João Taborda (the songs he composes are often part of his videos and exhibitions). “Brrrrain” was the title he chose for a major anthological exhibition of his at Culturgest, in 2009, as a way to summarise his work and his career. ‘Brrrrain’ as in mind, but primarily as in brain, art as material intelligence, but material as in engine, in the importance performance has in his painting, in his videos, in his songs. Recently drawing has taken on particular importance in his work, in the conceptual exploration of the virtues of craftsmanship.


P28 / Sandro Resende

P28 Creative and Artistic Development Association

Explores the relationship between the city, “non-place” spaces and culture.

It promotes the artistic development to the maximum of its aspects, rehabilitating mentalities and focusing on social responsibility geared towards mental illness.

P28 takes a unique and critical view, confronting what is external to us. P28 serves as an intermediary between the artist and the public, bringing together and providing spaces for artistic encounters and, consequently, sharing. Its functions include the production of artistic projects indoors and out, as well as the presentation of exhibitions, concerts, plays, and much more.