Thursday, May 11, 2006

Documental Process: displacing and archiving











































































































Aunt Nell Gis (previously displayed on the outside of
the square of the Gashouder building) was removed from its
original place due to powerful wind. I am sorry that it’s no
longer possible to witness its original display, but the wind
was making it impossible to keep the integrity of the work as
well as the safety of the public.

The ephemeral nature of the work is now transformed
and presented as a documental process. Th is new display of
the work gathers photographs of the original display, fl yers,
and sections of the original work that you can take with you.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Aunt Nell Gis removed from original display place

Aunt Nell Gis (previously displayed on the outside of the square of the Gashouder building) was removed from its original place due to powerful wind. It was no longer possible to witness its original display, but the wind was making impossible to keep integrity of the work as the safety of the public. Thus the work was carried on to the inside of the building.

The ephemeral nature of the work is now transformed and presented as a documentary process. This new display of the work gathers photographs of the original display, flyers, and sections of the original work that you can take with you.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Aunt Nell Gis












































































it didn´t went as i was expecting
somehow the aesthetical aspect of it feels strange to me
but at the same time seems so pretty...

Aunt Nell Gis - Kunstvlaai 06 (outdoor project for Hotel Mariakapel)

Kunstvlaai 06 invite




























In the last years, Portugal witnessed a long and absolute silence regarding legal answers to questions brought up by the violence based on hate crimes towards homophobic attitudes. The recent death of Gisberta (transsexual living in Porto), has become the icon for the embarrassing spectacle of silence. The spectacle of a death provoked by adolescents who were in an educational programme for social enrichment.

Aunt Nell Gis was a large-scale drawing, shaped as a paper carpet (following the style of courtesan tapestries), placed outside on the square near the Gashouder. The work is born from the need to produce a statement about the stalking, stoning, killing and hiding the body of transsexual Gisberta by 14 teenagers in Portugal.

Aunt Nell Gis is a depiction of the phenomenon of violence and the silence of the community itself. It is presented as a rug laid down on the floor, and in a way is just an aesthetical element in which the narrative is overwhelmed by its function (to be stepped). Narrative is silenced by the visual spectacle.

The image we see down is no ordinary representation. In fact it is a view from
something from above (as if it could be the ceiling of a church). Images from the ceiling of churches go from religious to heroic scenes or romantic depictions, and keep the premises of an evocative lesson (or a l’air du temps statement). This death is thus presented as something exotic (like gay lesbian scene is exotic to portuguese context).

There is also the question of the inversion of the image. The inversion is linked to paradox (not only thematic but also formal aspect of the work) and to illusion.

The presence of text in Aunt Nell Gis appears in form of ‘Polari’, a slang/anti-language mainly used during the thirties and seventies of the XX century (principally in London). Mostly used by homosexual men and theatre people as reaction to strict anti sodomy laws, its function was a way of protection and camouflage, or simply a form of attack, instinct or humor.When using Polari as the lingo for the narrative text, the nature of silence (whether recognizable or not) is brought up(and also the nature of the inverted - one of the names used to classify homosexuals in the past). A secret language that implies specific rules and relations of domination of a specific knowledge.





You should also take a look in the wonderful and highly professional work of Lisa Gallacher, representing Hotel Mariakapel with an inside work.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

3 Large Drawings: the pics





















































































Text handed to the public about Vivian Girls:

Vivian Girls is a series of drawings about reencountering and approaching; about overcoming absence. The title of the work sets homage to the series of drawings of Henry Darger in which he presented a group of young girls (the Vivian Girls) that fought moral corruption. He made those drawings for years without anyone ever knowing about them, until they were discovered after his death.
The display of Vivian Girls attempt to keep the nature of my work process in studio. Here you will find drawings of odd humanlike figures that overlap drawings of abandoned coats. They are displayed in a way to represent a possible encounter (and the distance, which always underlies relations between people). Relations, fragile and delicate like these drawings are.


Besides Vivian Girls there the public could also visit the work in progress for the Kunstvlaai 06. Here are some pics of Aunt Nell Gisberta in the studio.