RENATO FERRÃOFinito

Exhibition
23 Apr – 28 May 2022

Here on the mobile, it's hard to figure out, but what you are seeing is a picture of Tom at the precise moment he lost his mind, Renato was telling me while we were drinking a beer at the Embaixador's esplanade, late in the afternoon of March 22. It was raining. A lot. And every time Renato spread his fingers over the screen in one more magnifying movement, the water droplets created a deformation trace, like little iridescent lenses shredding what was left of poor Tom. I'm not sure I said it to Renato, but at that moment I remembered Pedro Miguel Frade and Espinosa. The second one reminded me of the fact that he supported his amazing philosophical contribution to the world with the meager retribution that came from a day job as a lens polisher. The first one made me think of fragments of the book Figuras de Espanto (Figures of Astonishment), among which were the widespread mistrust of the Middle Ages towards the (new) lens technology (something like if God wanted us to see better, he would have given us more powerful eyes!), its sedimentation in the Renaissance period, its contribution to the discovery of the infinitely small and the infinitely large (micro- and telescope), its role in the invention of photography... [Bruno Marchand]

Renato Ferrão (V. N. Famalicão, Portugal, 1975) is a visual artist. He currently lives and works in Porto. He exhibits regularly since 2001 and on several occasions has made works in collaboration with Nuno Ramalho. Some of his exhibitions include: Senhor fantasma, vamos falar – Emissores reunidos, Fundação de Serralves; Peças de substituição, Espaço Chiado 8; Cascatas e desabamentos, Sismógrafo; Retrato em casa de espanto, Centro de Arte Contemporânea Graça Morais; Estudo das passagens, Ano 0 / Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra. In 2003, he was a founding member of the space Salão Olímpico, and in 2011 he was awarded the União Latina fine arts prize. In his most recent work, he has been developing installations where light and movement play a major role.

Exhibition
23 Apr – 28 May 2022

Opening
Saturday 23 April 17:00–20:00

Free admittance

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