CURA.

ADRIEN MISSIKA
ENTRE DEUX EAUX
Curated by Asya Yaghmurian

Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon
November 10 – January 15, 2021

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Entre Deux Eaux, the title of Adrien Missika’s second exhibition at Galeria Francisco Fino is rooted in the French expression “nager entre deux eaux” (engl. to swim between two waters), meaning to hesitate, to manage two divergent conditions. Yet, Entre Deux Eaux hints at Lisbon’s particular condition as a city between two streams: where the Tagus river runs towards the estuary in the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean, who in turn inflows the river according to its tides. Focusing on the water element and the lands it reaches, Entre Deux Eaux also demands for a movement among waters while we navigate between the abstracted borders and surfaces of the artist’s map-gesture. 

As we navigate through a meta-map, a sound piece reciting tree names, a pebbly timeline and a piece of Styrofoam eroded by waves, these simultaneous distinct but reciprocal elements are turned into evidences of the times we live in, the geological phenomena we witness and the human interventions we experience.

Atlas Ô, the exhibition’s main installation, embodies a translation of an atlas where the global ocean is framed by native woods sourced from the lands surrounding it. Whereas (western) history has relied on maps as pedagogical and political tools which accomplish(ed) the subordination of oceans and seas to the land-rule, Missika creates an installation which concentrates on the water, turning land into enveloping borders, almost a casing. The oceans and seas make out a world-map which in turn mirrors the space where they are laid flat. 

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Adrien Missika, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, 2020. Installation view. Image courtesy of the artist and the gallery 
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Adrien Missika, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, 2020. Installation view. Image courtesy of the artist and the gallery 
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Adrien Missika, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, 2020. Installation view. Image courtesy of the artist and the gallery 
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Adrien Missika, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, 2020. Installation view. Image courtesy of the artist and the gallery 
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Adrien Missika, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, 2020. Installation view. Image courtesy of the artist and the gallery 

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