Mil Órbitas is a kaleidoscopic journey through Antonio Poppe’s visual and poetic universe. Gathering works that never withhold from growing and updating themselves, Mil Órbitas combines collages, drawings, calligraphy, books and sculptures that embody a universe closely linked to the exercise of meditation and to the spiritual practice of Eastern philosophies. The outcome of over one year of residency with curator Natxo Checa, the spatial organization of this exhibition mirrors the construction of the works included in it, presenting itself as a flow of associations, deployments and recurrences that produces its tributaries and welcomes its inflections. In the syncretic view he makes of the world, Antonio Poppe has in words and in images, but also in sounds, objects and in his own body, the basic materials of his expression. As in his poetry, the works now exhibited are instruments that open gaps in the veiled face of reality to offer glimpses, not exactly of a supposed “truth” of the universe, but of its mechanics and the weight the notions of movement, transformation and repetition have in it. António Poppe’s creative territory is deliberately diverse, empathic and ecumenical, made of the energy of things that cooperate with each other, and with us, in the discovery of consciousness itself.
— António Poppe
Wednesday to Saturday
from 6pm to 10pm
Individual exhibition by António Poppe at ZDB.
Visual artist, poet, and performer, lives and works in Lisbon. He studied at the Ar.Co (Center for Art and Visual Communication), at the Royal College of Arts in London, and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he held a Master’s Degree in Performative Art and Cinema as a fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Luso American Foundation for Development. He develops a hybrid work of poetry and visual arts, part of which has been edited by Assírio & Alvim (Torre de Juan Abad, 2001), Documenta (Livro da Luz, 2012) and Douda Correria (Medicine, in 2015, and Come Coral, in 2017). He has already performed and / or exhibited in venues such as the Serralves Museum, ZDB Gallery, Galeria 111, Culturgest, Fundação Carmona e Costa, among others. In 2015, he took part in Oracular Spectacular – Desenho e Animismo, at Centro Internacional de Artes José de Guimarães (CIAJG); in 2017, he exhibited Watercourse, with Joana Fervença, at Galeria 111, and participated in Encontros para Além da História, under the theme As Magias (CIAJG). The following year he collaborated with Mumtazz for the 6th edition of Encontros para Além da História, this time under the theme O Nascimento da Arte (d’après Georges Bataille), also in the CIAJG; collaborated with musa paradisiaca in Collaboration, curated by Filipa Oliveira at the Quetzal Art Center in Jachthuis Schijf, The Netherlands; and developed an artistic residence and seminar at Port 33, on the island of Madeira, part of the cycle Mais importante do que desenhar é afiar o lápis, curated by Nuno Faria.