Joana da Conceição’s paintings share a condition of in-betweeness from which stems both their singularity and their driving force. For instance, her paintings occupy a place between figuration and abstraction and exploit this dubious space made up of things that seem familiar but which we can’t really name. Perhaps that’s due to their presenting a set of archetypal motifs that we assimilate intuitively, but whose interactions deliver subtle enigmas; Or because of the successively overlapping layers that cancel, once and again, every hint of representation that there might exist … On the other hand, these paintings lay somewhere between the static quality of the image they inevitably are and the will to uphold painting as a performative act, as something that registers the movement of a body that thinks of and with painting and that makes decisions like one who plays a game in which all action is simultaneously cause and consequence. But perhaps more importantly, Joana da Conceição’s works roam between the domestic matrix of their scale and intimate nature and the universal character of their themes and goals. As if painting could be the vehicle for the expression of a cosmic truth, of the exotic and unfathomable order of the inner fluxes of the world, gradually revealed in the shelter that is the studio.
Matéria Doméstica Exótica
— Joana da Conceição
Wednesday to Saturday
from 6pm to 10pm
Exhibition by Joana da Conceição at ZDB
Joana da Conceição
Joana da Conceição was born in Rebordões in 1981; lives and works in Lisbon. She graduated in Fine Arts – Painting (2004) and completed a M.A. in Contemporary Artistic Practices (2008), both at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. Joana da Conceição was distinguished with the Anteciparte Millenium BCP Award (2005) and was granted a scholarship (2010-2011) for an artistic residency at Capacete, in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. She took part in ZDB’s and Lagamas’ Artistic Residences (2011 and 2013, respectively) and founded, with André Abel, duo of contemporary electronic composition called Tropa Macaca. The list of her last exhibitions include Síntese Radiante, Cinema Passos Manuel, Porto (2017); Corpo que Sabe, Carlos Carvalho – Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2015); Bora Puxar Atrás Para Ver Melhor, Bernardo Museum, Caldas da Rainha (2015); Vinde ver Pintura, Edifício Amparo, Lisbon (2015); #####, Uma Certa Falta de Coerência, Porto (2014).