CLOSE TO CONCRETE
by Pola Sieverding
Director: Pola Sieverding
Producer: Maumaus Artists-in-Residence Programme/Lumiar Cité
Funded by: Secretaria de Estado da Cultura/Direcção Geral das Artes
The exhibition CLOSE TO CONCRETE, by Pola Sieverding, arised from the artistʼs residency in Lisbon over the summer of 2011, during which she filmed and photographed the Alta de Lisboa neighbourhood where the Lumiar Cité gallery is situated. The exhibition included a photography and video installation in which the artist moved her gaze from people, her focus in previous work, to the glass and concrete walls that form the urban fabric of Alta de Lisboa.
The video that the artist created can be seen as a wandering gaze upon formalism, touching on concrete manifestations of utopia and questioning the meaning of the abstract representation of space as a living space. Utopia appears as a non-place that can be viewed as a sculptural structure without a connection to a particular place, producing, nevertheless, a space that becomes social and mental. The video sound track is a variation of the opening sequence from Sergio Leoneʼs film “Cʼera una volta il West”. In that film, the landscape and its sounds emphasise the inner tension of the characters and a sound-scape is added to the visual space. Based on this method, and also alluding to Michelangelo Antonioniʼs film “Lʼeclisse”, Sieverding regards architecture as a visual correspondent, a character in its own right, to refer to a potential human space.
A visual sense of the landscape that in most of the images denotes a lack of a clear trajectory, as well as a sonic space semi out of sync with the visual space, suggest a narrative for the existing form, not only in the representation of its surface but also in the absence of what it contains.
Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00
Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55
AI: African Intelligence
Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.
AI: African Intelligence
Berlin International Film Festival
16.02. – 26.02.2023
Realism Without Authority
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.
Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70
17.12.2022 – 19.03.2023
Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January
17.12 | 17h00 Talk with Willem Oorebeek,
Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock
17.12 | 18h00 Opening of the exhibition
In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019
Johann Jacobs Museum
is funded by Ministério da Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar