CURA.

THE BROKEN SHELL OF THE HERMIT CRAB
Dora Budor, Jan Kiefer, Augustas Serapinas, Teresa Solar

curated by Samuel Leuenberger

Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

Nov 16 – Jan 12, 2019

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The title of the exhibition, The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab, suggests a metaphorical space that needs simultaneously invasion and defense. The hermit crab uses empty snail shells or other hollow objects as a shelter for partial containment and protection of the body. And since their bodies are always changing and outgrowing their current habitat, the desire to conquer a new housing is a constant urge. The exhibition is bringing together the works of four international artists whose practices are driven by a conceptual approach to object making, bearing a strong interest in popular culture – notably a socially motivated and historicist research when constructing narratives.

A new language is being applied for the space that is inhabited, where different bodies can navigate a multitude of different environments, physically as emotionally and spiritually. These conceptual spaces are defined by a set of economies based on a unique understanding of language, well-being and prosperity.

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The Broken Shell Of The Hermit Crab, installation view  
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Augustas Serapinas, October 21st, 2018, Courtesy of the artist and Emalin, London. 
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Jan Kiefer, Untitled, 2018, Courtesy of the artist and Union Pacific. 
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Teresa Solar Tiger, 2018 (as part of the sculptural group “Bisel (Cabalga, Cabalga, Cabalga)”, 2018 Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Joan Prats 

COVER IMAGE
Dora Budor
Courtesy of the artist

 

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