At the end of the summer of 2011, Caspar Hall (Shrewsbury, United Kingdom, 1967) completed a one-month artistic residency in Alta de Lisboa, under the Maumaus International Residency Programme. During that period, the artist investigated the specific urban circumstances surrounding the Lumiar Cité exhibition space and the types of relationship that artistic projects presented there have been able to establish – or not – with the community living in its vicinity.
In the installation that Caspar Hall has developed, the central piece is a sculpture of a palm tree that dominates both the ground and upper floors of the gallery. It appears to visitors as a connection related both to the space and to the time of the year in which the exhibition takes place. The sculpture recalls the Christian image of the nativity scene and, in addition, the palm tree that, according to the Qur'an, sheltered and fed the Virgin Mary when Jesus was born. The exhibition also presents a selection of photographs and other documentary materials that contextualize the installation.
Caspar Hall does not attempt to relate to any particular theological ideas or religious identities, but he is interested in questioning how certain universal stories are imagined and reinterpreted locally. Subtly, the artist also seeks to draw attention to affinities between Christianity and Islamism and to the many meanings that archetypes can adopt.
Project financed with the support of the European Commission.
Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, 100 - 1º esq.
1150-227 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55
De-opacification and the Right to Opacity
Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º D
Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 3pm to 7pm
and by appointment
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70 | 21 352 11 55
Ao descer a escada
Há um degrau p’ra me sentar.
Não há outro degrau
Não estou lá em baixo
Nem lá em cima estou.
Estou é na escada
Onde sempre estou.
Ao subir a escada
Não estou em cima, nem em baixo.
Não estou na creche,
Nem mesmo no sopé, acho.
Ideias estranhas começam a girar
Na minha cabeça
Fora do lugar!
09.11.2019 - 02.02.2020
25.01 | 17h00 Talk with Tonio Kröner, Simon
Thompson, Jürgen Bock
Upcoming at Lumiar Cité:
29.09. - 09.12.2018
In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019
Johann Jacobs Museum
Maumaus / Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar