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Date(s) - 30/04/2022 - 31/08/2022
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UNA and Rodríguez Gallery are happy to present Aural Gesture, a double solo show by Andreia Santana (1991, Lisbon) and Dalila Gonçalves (1982, Castelo de Paiva, PT)
Hosted in the space of UNA in Piacenza, the exhibition brings together a series of artworks focused on sound, materiality and its transformation, establishing an in-depth dialogue between the two artists and their shared interest in objectuality.
The relation between sound and matter is something that has long been present in Andreia Santana’s work in a tangible way: the materials and dimensions that the artist manipulates are typical of a factory environment, where the hard work of manual labor and machinery is punctuated by the sounds of the mechanical repetition of object creation.
By complexifying the reflection between the movements of sculpting and the movement of musical inscription and conduction, the hands — which Santana gracefully sketches in Sonic Materialities series— are the tactile medium that produces both the hardness of the object and the lightness of its sound. Santana’s sculptures are visual artworks that transcend their visual nature and overcome sonority, entering the body, beyond preconception, as an ethereal entity. To gaze at those outlines that cast intervals in space is to glance at an intermittence between the visual and the sound sensation, either potential or already experienced, or rather, at the potentiated silence that forms one of the most remarkable moments in the history of music.
Dalila Gonçalves’ work involves a process of dissection and discovery of objects and materials in all their layers, describing an unfolding of their plasticity, history, and function. Collecting and reorganizing everyday objects and materials altered by industrial, natural, chronological, and atmospheric processes, the artist emphasizes their singularities by continuous experimentation and, engaging them in dialogue with other objects, creates new narratives that can be documental or fictional and surreal.
In Atrapasonidos (Sound Catchers) series, Dalila combines different elements like animal atrapanovios (traditional Mexican handcrafted palm), claws and crystal balls used as old pianist benches, horns carved like birds or fishes, used sandpaper from carpentry shops, and water to create unusual musical instruments. They are utopian and poetic instruments that promise sound without producing it so that throughout the installation one can then feel the sound without hearing it.
In Aural Gesture, the interval operated by the dialogue between the artists – both in space and time – and the absence of action and musicality performed by the materials on stage, puts us in an introspective mode touching our bodies and suspending them in a complete haptic experience.
The exhibition is kindly supported by Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P. and Ambasciata del Portogallo, Roma
Opening: Saturday April 30 2022 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Exhibition: April 30 2022 – August 31 2022
Opening hours: tue – fri 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm |sat 10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm + by appointment
Andreia Santana (1991, Lisbon) lives and works in New York. Her work has been shown in venues such as BoCA Biennial of Contemporary Art, Portugal; In Extenso, Clermont-Ferrand; Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Porto; Hangar, Lisbon; Spazio Leonardo, Generali Milano; CIAJG; Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon; Galeria Municipal do Porto; Peninsula Gallery, New York; MAAT; Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon; La Nave, Madrid; Chiado 8, Lisbon; Galeria da Boavista, Lisbon; MACE – Museum of Contemporary Art, Elvas; MONITOR Gallery, Lisbon. Among the private and public collections which acquired her work: Maat, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon; Galeria Minicipais de Lisboa – EGEAC; António Cachola Collection, Elvas, PT; Figueiredo Ribeiro Collection – QuArtel, Abrantes PT; Torres Vedras Municipality Collection; MUSA – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Sintra PT; Torres Vedras Municipality Collection, PT; MUSA Collection; PT. Santana won NOVO BANCO ART Prize, was shortlisted for Ducato Prize (Italy), and for the EDP Prize 2022; she has been recently shortlisted for Prémio Novos Artistas Fundação EDP 2022 at MAAT- Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, where she will present her work in a group show in 2022.
Dalila Gonçalves (1982, Castelo de Paiva) lives and works in Porto (PT). She has been an “artist-in-residence” at Residence Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014); Artist-in-Residence Programme KulturKontakt, Vienna, Austria (2017); Residence Pivô Art and Research, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Fundación Marso Residence, Mexico DF (2019). Among the private and public collections which acquired her work: Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Berlin (Alemanha); Institución Pilar Citoler (Espanha); Otazu Foundation Collection (Espanha) ; Frances Reynolds Collection (Brasil); Colección Olor Visual (Espanha); Colección Kells, Santander (Spain); Colección Navacerrada (Espanha); Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Usa; Coleção António Cachola, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas Câmara Municipal de Lisboa; Museu ao Ar Livre (coleção de Arte Pública), Cidade do Porto; Coleção; Josep María Civit Gomis, Barcelona (Espanha); Belle Epoque Centrum (Bélgica); Colección Fundación Fundomar. Sevilha (Espanha); Museu da Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto; Coleção PLMJ; Coleção Figueiredo Ribeiro; Marval Collection (Milan, Berlin); Coleção Instituto IPSAR, Roma (Itália); LxFactory; Coleção S&A, Porto; Coleções particulares em Portugal, Espanha, Alemanha, França, Inglaterra, Bélgica, Itália, Brasil, Colômbia, México e EUA.