BÁRBARA FONTEThe house burns and skeletons woo

Exhibition
4 Feb – 11 Mar 2023

"Facing us with new aspects of reality, Bárbara Fonte's disturbing videos are situated between literature and performance, preserving the last vestiges of the saltimbanco artist. Marked by the power of the fragment, allegorical, they resemble an old cinematographic comedy. The artist penetrates the material world, breaks the shell that covers things. The stage set is ephemeral, full of worn-out, useless, obsolescent things. The movements are clumsy, the gestures disjointed and torn from the continuum. A world of clowns, masks, and disguises. A world much like that of the magic lantern images." Emídio Agra

 

Bárbara Fonte (Braga, 1981) graduated in Painting from the School of Fine Arts, Porto University, and has a postgraduation degree in Theory and Practice of Drawing from the same school, she has taught drawing and visual arts. She has participated with texts and illustrations in several publications. She has carried out residencies in several artistic areas. Her work, involving different media (drawing, photography, performance, and video) is described as an intimate performance exploring the language of symbols (an evocative and omitted place, ancient and manifest, intimate and common). It evokes the relation between femininity, culture, and religion in a very personal perspective in sync with her personal history and empirical attitude, exploring the dialogue between the impulses of the psyche and the instincts of a body-self vis-à-vis the collective consciousness as beings with dogma. She has been exhibiting since 2001 in group and solo exhibitions, among which are the following solo exhibitions: Coreografias do Riso, Casa Museu Abel Salazar, Porto, 2021; Pústula, Galeria A. Molder, Lisboa, 2021; Neste corpo não há poesia, CAAA, Guimarães, 2020; M (de manifesto), Galeria da Universidade do Minho (Museu Nogueira da Silva), Braga, 2018; Fluxo de Intervalos, Câmara Municipal de São João da Madeira (Paços do Concelho), 2016; Reversibilidade, Fundação Júlio Resende (Lugar do Desenho), 2015.

Exhibition
4 Feb – 11 Mar 2023