Opening of the exhibition by Pedro Barateiro

Opening of the exhibition by Pedro Barateiro
11/02/2015
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From 11 February to 24 May 2015, the Museu Coleção Berardo hosts the exhibition Palmeiras Bravas/The Current Situation by Pedro Barateiro. Curated by Pedro Lapa, artistic director, the exhibition will run in the temporary exhibitions space at the museum, on level 0. The works exhibited were conceived specifically for this show, and are linked by several narratives to produce a disturbing view of the current state of affairs of the culture in which we live. Extending the preoccupations of his previous work, Pedro Barateiro (b. 1979) fosters the rapprochement of artist and spectator, where, in the context of late capitalism, the latter may be boiled down to a consumer whose perception has been constrained by the binary terms “desire” and “expectation” engendered by the market. It is with this underlying precept that the artist proceeds with his deconstruction of the perceptual changes provoked by the objects and images that he presents in this exhibition.

A performance, in collaboration with Quinn Latimer and based on one of the works on show, will take place in April (date and time still to be announced), and will then take place again at REDCAT, Los Angeles. A book with essays by Pedro Lapa, Margarida Mendes and Sepideh Bazazi around Palmeiras Bravas/The Current Situation, will be launched at the time of this performance. Two of Pedro Barateiro’s films We Belong to Other People When We’re Outside and Feitiço/Spell will be screened at the museum’s auditorium on 14 February, and will be shown again on 14 March, 18 April, and 16 May, at 16h00 on each of those dates.

Pedro Barateiro’s first solo exhibition took place in 2003. His most recent one-person shows include Domingo (Sunday), at the Pavilhão Branco, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, 2008; Speech Theory, Casa de Serralves, Serralves Foundation, Oporto, 2009; Theatre of Hunters, Kunsthalle Basel, 2010; Today, Our Eyes are Closed, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, 2010; and We Belong to Other People When We're Outside, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, 2013. The group shows in which Pedro Barateiro has participated include Revolutions: Forms That Turn, 16th Sydney Biennial, and When Things Cast No Shadow, 5th Berlin Biennial, both in 2008; and Há sempre um copo de mar para um homem navegar, 29th São Paulo Biennial, 2010.