On 19th April 2022, at 6:00pm, the exhibition Os braços abertos formam ângulos rectos [Open arms form right angles] at Galeria Trem, in Faro. This is a Pessoa Colectiva’s project, which brings together the work of artists Isabel Baraona, Mafalda Santos and Susana Gaudêncio. On show until 9th July 2022, the exhibition is part of the Cycle of Visual Arts, promoted by CIAC and the Visual Arts Degree Course at UAlg.

Os braços abertos formam ângulos rectos [Open arms form right angles] is the second moment of a trilogy that began in 2020, in Porto, with the project A mão que segura e a que se levanta no ar. Taking Ana Hatherly’s artistic practice and poetics and the concepts of writing-image as a starting point, this exhibition presents a diversity of media, exploring mainly the possibilities of drawing, writing, sculpture and site-specific.

The title offers an image: that of a body drawing in space a right angle, a semi-circle, an embrace, a direction. This body defines geometries, acts of freedom and resistance, positioning itself as an axis from which to rethink the past and build the future. The word and art as critical forms of the present.

This exhibition, with free admission, is part of the programme of the Visual Arts course of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of the University of the Algarve for the Galeria Trem, with the support of CIAC, FCT and Faro City Council/Museu Municipal de Faro.

About the artists:

Isabel Baraona graduated in Painting at La Cambre (Belgium) and received her PhD in Visual Arts and Intermedia at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). In 2013, as part of a post-doctoral fellowship, she was a fellow at the University Rennes 2 (France) where she developed, an online archive on artist books and author publishing in Portugal. She is represented in national collections such as Fundação EDP, Fundação D. Luís I/C. M. Cascais, MGFR (Fernando Ribeiro), Safira and Luís Serpa, Centro Português de Serigrafia; and in international collections such as Yolande De Bontridder, Galia Barzilaï-Hollander, Jean-Marie Stroobants, among others.

Mafalda Santos is an artist and programmer. She has a degree in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto and has been exhibiting in Portugal and abroad since 2001. She is Professor of Plastic Arts and Artistic Technologies at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo. Her work is included in the Portuguese collections of António Cachola, EDP and Ilídio Pinho Foundations, RAR Group, PLMJ Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon City Hall and Oporto City Hall and in the Art Collection of the Portuguese State.

Susana Gaudêncio is an artist and teacher. She has a degree in Painting from FBAUL, a Master in Fine Arts from Hunter College-City University of New York and a PhD from FBAUL. She is a member of the collectives Pessoa Colectiva (with Mafalda Santos) and Círculo das Leitoras Peripatéticas (with Susana Pomba and Sofia Gonçalves). She teaches at the School of Architecture, Art and Design at the University of Minho. She is represented in national collections such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, EDP Foundation, PLMJ Foundation, Porto City Council, among others.

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