the winter of (our) discontent

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The Winter of our Discontent, 2010
Leopoldo de Almeida’s patinated plaster sculpture of Nicolau Coelho 1948,
from the collection of Museu da Cidade, Lisbon (MC.ESC.137)
installation: The Winter of (our) Discontent, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisboa
photos: Bruno Lopes
The work explores both the overlaps, flaws and absences of sense in historical, literary and artistic episodes. Carrying out a continuous research on the human aspects that can be found in cultural production and, more specifically, in the inevitability of transition within historical cycles.
The title of the exhibition thus appears through two different ways: on one side, “winter of discontent”
is the generic name given to a period in United Kingdom’s recent history, the seventies, marked by several strikes and social upheaval; on the other side, “Now is the winter of our discontent | Made glorious summer by this sun of York”, the famous opening lines of Shakespeare’s Richard III, describing the changes happening to the House of York. Both references point towards periods of change, and their inherent flaws, overlaps, energy and fear of change, which constitute the core of the works.
The main peace of the exhibitor, an overthrow sculpture from 1947 by Portuguese modernist artist Leopoldo de Almeida, works almost as a rhetorical demonstration of the coincidence of the physical and symbolic aspects of a revolutionary process. History has proven that the first victims of transition processes are statues, only to be shortly after replaced by another sculpture. Thus inquiring on the role of sculpture as the ultimate political object, ordering the dynamics and projection of collective memory within a collective.
The exhibition is then constructed with the relation and synergies with other works, such as “The Celibate”,
a minimalist-like sculpture covered with linen as an example of a chaste object; a weekly reading of Jerzy Grotowski’s “Towards a Poor Theatre”; and an image of a performance by British punk band Crass, where the lead singer appears decapitated by the microphone pole.

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The Celibate, 2010
maritime pine upholstered with linen, hidden layer of silk and paint
120 x 50 x70 cm
installation view: The Winter of (our) Discontent, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisboa
photo: Bruno Lopesinverno_3Decapitation (steve / crass), 2010
b/w 35mm slide projection, 1 slide, dimension variable
installation view: The Winter of (our) Discontent, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisboa
photo: Bruno Lopes

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Towards a Poor Theatre, 2010
reading of Jerzy Grotowski’s “Towards a Poor Theatre” every Saturday at 4 p.m.
during the course of the exhibition, lambda print poster
variable length performance and 70 x 50 cm poster
photos: Bruno Lopes
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