"O QUE EU FUI" ("WHAT I WAS")From 9th of March to 28th of April
The artist presents a video installation, "Far De Donna" (To Act as a Woman), and other with the title "O Que Eu Fui" (What I Was), using photography and sound as support."The silences cry, the dream that turns around the destiny is put down and the son, dressed with the astonishment of what he sees happening, looking at the empty and dumb mother uncurling a deep pain coming from the limits of her being, bursts, not in a shout, but in a singing, with the most beautiful voice of a woman perpetuating in himself, the mother, in an echo that echoes beyond the world..."
"Far De Donna" or To Act As a Woman is based on the story of a son that has discovered that his voice was a castrati type in the same day that his mother lost her own voice, alluding to the edipians constructions, to the problematic of the language and relations with the reality.
"O Que Eu Fui" (What I Was) is an installation with photographs of city statues accompanied with an audio device, through which we can listen to a text, distributed for the different images, where a woman almost dead makes an analyse of her life, ironically judging her happiness, organization and intelligence. Statues, monuments and memory are three concepts intimately connected and present throughout art history and history of humanity. With these works, the artist explores the memory, the collective and individual memory of the human beings. "Operates on fictional narrative codes, fashioned from cultural documents or testimonies from life, to build visual, sound and performative universes." Vasco Araújo has made, among many others, exhibitions at S.M.A.K, in Gent (2005), and Serralves Museum, Oporto (2000), and has participated in group exhibitions, such as "The Experience of Art" (Venice Biennale, 2005) and "Dialectics of Hope" (Moscow Biennale, 2005). A path that confirms the Award EDP for New Artists that he received in 2003.