CURA.

CAROLINE MESQUITA
Astray

curated by Sofia Lemos
commissioned with Kunsthalle Lissabon

March 16 – May 19, 2019

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Astray combines sculpture and moving image, converting it into a temporary museum for aesthetic uncertainty.

Mesquita has previously staged situations in which oxidized brass figures co-inhabit different scenes with visitors, such as a celebration or an airplane crash. In this project, the artist’s interestin the body focuses inwards, in that which supports movement and articulation.
For vertebrates this is the possibility of displacement offered by bone structures; in machines, it is the materiality of travel through spatial and timescales and the invention of History. These airplanes, spaceships and motorcycles, all journey in the direction of radical imagination. At Galeria Municipal, Mesquita creates an engine capable of moving through synchronic and diachronic histories of existence and questions its fabrication, both materially and symbolically. The film Astray that lends the title to the exhibition, collates human and nonhuman animals,engines and machines, in a performative relation between the viewer’s past, present and future.

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CREDITS
Photos by Dinis Santos

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