Photos: Francisco Pereira Gomes © Fundação Eugénio de Almeida © Deanna Sirlin 2020
DEANNA SIRLIN: STRATA
June 6,2020 to June 6, 2021
Centro de Arte e Cultura, Évora Portugal
José Alberto Ferreira
Centro de Arte e Cultura Fundação Eugénio de Almeida
The Centro de Arte e Cultura of the Fundação Eugenio de Almeida is pleased to announce Strata, a solo exhibition by American Artist Deanna Sirlin. This exhibition, Sirlin’s first in Portugal, is part of 2020’s program of exploring light, heritage, and history at the Fundação.
The building that now houses the Centro de Arte e Cultura was originally built in the 16th Century to house the Court and Prison of the Inquisition. Its current use does not erase the past but incorporates it. The interior space and its history will be her partners in the creation of a new series of site-specific artworks. The area Sirlin will address is defined by the twenty large windows that surround the galleries of the Centro on the first floor. Each of these windows will contain a translucent geometric abstraction whose content reflects on ideas of history, time, and place through the layering of form. This work will be seen by the public from the outside at night and the inside during the day. The artwork and how it is made and presented are new, but the work will be in dialogue with the history of Évora.
History is not linear but layered: things do not simply replace other, older things but are built over them. When viewers look through the windows from the interior, their perception of the environment will be mediated by the structure of the work, a further layering. Sirlin’s work will address this notion of history as a kind of palimpsest: historical strata will inform the structure of the work. This work will enter into a visual dialogue with both the history of the space and its architectural elements. In this large-scale artwork, Strata, Sirlin will address the concepts of light, heritage, and history, this year’s focal themes at the Centro de Arte e Cultura.
To see the individual windows please click here.
In the context of Deanna Sirlin's Strata exhibition, the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation invited creators to develop creative objects from the exhibition material. The lines, colors and framing of the twenty windows of the Centre for Art and Culture occupied by the installation of the American artist were the pretexts of this dialogue that interrogates, occupies and explores the materiality of the exhibition. Nuno Veiga (video and sound) and Ana Silva (dance) developed in a creative residency the video dance trilogy.Three brief scherzi with which the creators inhabit and resignify the exhibition, making it visible in the hybrid support of video dance.
3 Scherzi 4 Strata
A collaborative project of dance, light, film and art in the context of Deanna Sirlin's STRATA exhibition and has been presented
at the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation Art and Culture Center .
3 Scherzi 4 Strata is curated by José Alberto Ferreira, directed by Nuno Veiga, performed by Ana Silva, choreography by Nuno Veiga and Ana Silva Music # 1 Lines - Filipe Sousa / # 2 Lights - Kate Smith / # 3 Screens - Nuno Veiga
The exhibition Deanna Sirlin: STRATA was on view from June 6, 2020 to June 6, 2021.
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