These genres' purposes are consequently affected. The performance in Onofre's work intensifies the interval between the stability that any genre assumes within a cultural system and the becoming to which it is submitted. A group of young models recite a humanist cliche, a traditional choir, trained in religious music, sings The Robots by Kraftwerk and a pair of magicians levitating in the artist's studio, not only inscribe irony with regard to specific historical pretensions, but also subvert the devices of the respective genre. In their awkwardness they emit signs of what might be termed as their exteriority. It is in the combination of these very diverse contexts that João Onofre's videos critically approach the relationship between the genre and representation. The strain manifested by the unease of the performers inscribes the tension that links an order to the construction of reality. The effort of the performing act functions as a metaphor for the cohesion and disparity of elements that make up the video. One of the initial purposes of video resided in its ability to record a performing act. By Onofre's videos provide a new way of looking at the acts by the devolution of this dimension.
Director of the Chiado Museum