The exhibition “RUÍNAS” [RUINS] opens on September 19, at 6:00 p.m., at Milreu Ruins, in Estoi.
“RUÍNAS” is the first of a series of exhibitions resulting from the protocol between the University of the Algarve and the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve, the aim of which is the promotion of monuments and contemporary art, in combinations that are expected to be as fruitful as they are unusual. The aim of this exhibition is to emphasise the concept and the substance of the ruins, when combined with contemporary creation.
To this end, two artists were invited, whose works, in different approaches, deal with the same theme. In Sandro Resende’s photographs, the contemporary ruins give back to the viewer the image of houses and other spaces in a state of deterioration. They are the marks of a present that immediately crumbles, in the permanent and accelerated decay that the current human experience imposes. Marum Nascimento, a young artist with a degree in Visual Arts from UAlg, sees and shows the ruin not only as testimony, but as legacy and collective heritage: he works from pieces from the FCHS archaeology collection, which are also on show.
The archaeological exhibition, organised under the curatorship of João Bernardes, results from excavations in Roman and Moorish ruins, in various sites of the Algarve and with different functions. From Roman hives or amphorae for transporting fish products dating from the 4th century to Islamic storage and cooking vessels from the 11th or 12th century, the items on show are nothing more than fragments of remote everyday lives, placed in a space that experienced them. The exhibition opening includes a soiree, in which Ana Isabel Soares will read poems she has selected, which allude to the theme of RUÍNAS. This exhibition is open to the public between September 19, 2015 and January 30, 2016.