Tinta nos Nervos

Tinta nos Nervos
Temporary exhibition
10/01/2011
- 27/03/2011
Floor: 
-1
Curator: 
Pedro Vieira de Moura
Tinta nos Nervos
Temporary exhibition
10/01/2011
- 27/03/2011
Floor: 
-1
Curator: 
Pedro Vieira de Moura
Body: 

Comics are an artistic field predominantly found in readable media: books, magazines, fanzines, or digital platforms. Historically speaking, its roots are spread across a series of techniques or other languages of various origins. However, it was particularly during the second quarter of the nineteenth century that the discipline which came to be known as 'comics' established itself. In spite of its history and diversity, its cultural legitimization has not met with the same fortune as such domains as photography or cinema, given that, in the eyes of the general public, it is seen to possess a basic common denominator assimilated into pulp fiction, entertainment for children and adolescents, escapism etc.

Tinta nos Nervos ['Unnerved Ink'] is a sample of forty-one Portuguese artists, mostly still active, who explore this art in a way that is particularly personal, expressive, and attentive to contemporary aesthetic questions. In harmony with a substantial number of international artists, these are some of the names on the national scene who are contributing to the continual, enriching expansion and diversification of comics' artistic potential. More or less distanced from a certain consensus on the 'commercial' or 'entertainment' dimensions of comics, these are works which could be considered as 'auteur comics'. The reading might not be complete, but allowing access to the original art will be a way of displaying an extended and diversified panorama and encouraging visitors to search for their own sort of comics.

Tinta nos Nervos includes artists who are recognised by specialist critics and by the public at large, as well as more circumscribed references. Some use relatively conventional, easily identifiable methods and processes, while others provoke encounters between some of the specific aspects of this field and other artistic disciplines. And there are also examples of objects which, not seeking any type of consensus, emerge as ways of allowing a centrifugal and expansive motion to be generated around the notion of comics.

Internationally, comics have managed to conquer an ever wider divulgation, proving to be a dynamic and clearly expanding field. In Portugal, the artists display a very marked degree of vivacity as well, and Tinta nos Nervos reveals a portrait of this life.