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José Pedro Cortes. A Necessary Realism

2018-06-28
2018-10-28
Curatorship: Nuno Crespo
In Um Realismo Necessário (A Necessary Realism), José Pedro Cortes renews his way of looking at the matter and surface of our time through a set of photographs, taken between 2005 and 2018, which reveal his interest in the representation of the human body.
Taking portraits and looking at the other was always a way for José Pedro Cortes to think about the reality that surrounds us. As a creator of images, he accepts the complexity of this time, its fabrication and its impulses, its vulnerability and beauty, which do not allow for dogmatic readings.
In contrast with neoliberal realism, his images affirm the necessity of not allowing ourselves to be subordinated to pragmatic vision of life, because reality is not mechanic, linear or numerical, but a challenge that demands daily attention and reflection. In these rooms, we come across men and women who look at us, others who sensually caress each other in bed, and we observe a group of
friends languidly relaxing on a lawn, on a summer’s afternoon.
There aren’t any geographies or time scales, and, as observers of José Pedro Cortes’ photographs, we are voluntarily invited to make fast, slow, intense movements, which go in and out, running through the centres and along the margins, attempting to find life, but also the skeleton, ruin and remains
that time leaves in its wake.

Together with the exhibition is published A Necessary Realism by José Pedro Cortes (ed. MNAC / Pierre von Kleist editions). The book contains 148 images, including a conversation between José Pedro Cortes and Nuno Crespo, texts by Emília Ferreira (director of MNAC), Shoair Mavlian (director of Photoworks UK), David Santos (curator and art historian), Julião Sarmento (visual artist), Nuno
Crespo (researcher and art critic) and a previously unpublished poem titled Music for images by José Pedro Cortes by José Tolentino de Mendonça (poet and theologian).

Activities

    2018-06-27
    2018-10-28

    19h00
    JOSÉ PEDRO CORTES. A NECESSARY REALISM
    2018-10-17 18h30
    Conversation between the artist and Susana Ventura
    2018-10-25 18h30
    not available
All Activities 3

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An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.
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