Delfina Foundation

Exhibition: Tales of an Imagined City

12/11/14 — 19/12/14

Private view: 11 November 17:00–20:00
Dates: 12 November – 19 December 2014
11:00 – 18:00 daily, except Sundays
Delfina Foundation 

In collaboration with Associação Cultural Videobrasil, Delfina Foundation presents a compilation of video works selected by João Laia, member of the curatorial team of the forthcoming 19th edition of the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil.

Expanding on Delfina Foundation's autumn programme on Autonomy, this display draws together some of the most pressing topics that emerged during the last edition of the Videobrasil Festival such as subjective experience, identity and desire. The videos investigate how cities and their symbolic borders shape an individual’s perception of 'self' and how, in return, people influence urban environments through their personal aspirations and beliefs.

In the videos and films, the characters wander through intimate portraits and emotional maps where present day reflection and reminiscence of the past blend into each other. Cities become imagined territories, newfoundlands waiting to be reclaimed. Affectionate gestures of emancipation emerge in a fragile equilibrium between physical location and immaterial consciousness, stillness and motion, disillusion and dream.

In addition to four videos from Videobrasil’s collection, the display also includes a work by Luiz Roque, a recent resident of Delfina Foundation and a regular participant of the Festival.

Hou Chien Cheng, All the Others (2011), 10 mins

Jurandir Müller and Kiko Goifman, Aurora (2002), 9 mins

Roy Dib, Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear (2012), 15 mins

Virgínia de Medeiros, Sérgio and Simone (2010), 10 mins

Luiz Roque, The New Monument (2013), 5 mins