Galeria Filomena Soares
01.Mar.2021 | 01.May.2021
is a two-person exhibition that brings together for the first time the works of Andreia Santana (Lisbon, 1991) and Anna-Sophie Berger (Vienna, 1989) at Galeria Filomena Soares in Lisbon.
Departing from an invitation from one artist to the other, the exhibition unfolds a perhaps unpredicted intimacy through the exchange of ideas and dialogue between their practices.
is set out from already existing artworks that were thoughtfully chosen and placed in the exhibition space, performing a multiplicity of new possibilities from either subtle or tense relationship between both artistic practices.
Andreia Santana’s ethereal and unfathomable works from her Soul House’s series, take a completely new dimension, to when shown previously, by the way they are displayed in relation to Anna-Sophie Berger’s uncanny and stealthy portraits. The capture of the invisible, other forms of life, and afterlife in Santana’s, are to some extent, disrupted by Berger’s exploration of portraiture.
Due to the juxtaposing of both practices, these photographic portraits, that can be interpreted in a myriad of ways, give space to the inherent expression of body-shaped sculptures as receptacles to receive new live forms in a very organic and unexpected way.
Santana’s works attempt to open a space for a counter-discursive power that allows new historiographies, counter-mythologies, and utopias to unfold. Conceived as “mutant elements”, these sculptures reflect on their inherent fluid status and living qualities to linger other types of existence in the future. While, Berger’s portraits act as imaginary conceptions of space for our own projections, operating a sort of semantic trap in which one might start to create analogies between form and titles.
The relations between both practices and the works chosen for this exhibition also allows us to perceive how projects are outspread (like a sketch or a drawing) in contemporary times. Within images, parts of texts, algorithms and the artist's interface, the exhibition is kept alive as a vibrant world of associations.
(1991, Lisbon) lives and works in New York. Santana studied Visual Arts at ESAD - Caldas da Rainha, was a participant in the Independent Study Program of Maumaus in Lisbon and is currently a fellow on the Studio Art Program of CUNY, New York. She has participated in several residencies namely, Residency Unlimited (New York), with a fellowship from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Panal 360 (Buenos Aires), and Gasworks - Triangle Network at Hangar (Lisbon). Santana won the NOVO BANCO Prize, was shortlisted for Ducato Prize (Italy), and has been awarded grants including Fulbright/Carmona e Costa Foundation, Criatório - CMP, Amadeo Souza Cardoso, and Fundation Calouste Gulbenkian - Délégation en France. Her work has been shown in Portugal and internationally, highlighting the exhibitions: ‘The Skull of the Haunted Snail’, Hangar, Lisbon; ’Hollow Hands' at Generali Milano; ‘The Outcast Manufacturers’ at Filomena Soares Gallery; 10000 years between Venus and Mars, Galeria Municipal do Porto; ‘Cultivated Memory’ Peninsula Gallery. New York; 'Leaves of Absence’ at Serralves Contemporary Art Museum; ‘Vanishing Point’ Cordoaria Nacional; ‘Ghost of Chance’ La Nave, Madrid; ’10 Years, 10 artists, 10 commissions’, Chiado 8, Lisbon; ‘Now It Is Light’ Boavista Gallery, Lisbon; ‘The Lobster Loop’, MONITOR Gallery, Lisbon.
(1989, Vienna) studied fashion and transmedia art at the University of Applied Arts, Viena. She has held solo exhibitions at Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2020); Cell Project Space, London (2019); mumok, Vienna; Kunsthaus Bregenz (2016); Ludlow 38, New York (2015).
Her work has been presented at Kunsthalle Wien (2019,2017); S.M.A.K, Ghent (2018); Kunstverein München; Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2017), Salzburger Kunstverein (2016) and at the 9th Berlin Biennale (2016). Upcoming is an exhibition at MACRO, Rome in the fall of 2021. She was the recipient of Art Viva Prize (2018) and Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize, mumok - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna. Berger lives in New York and Vienna.