Sara & André: Exercício de Estilo

1 and 2 Floor

entry: General Conditions

Exercício de estilo

Sara & André

Curatorship: David Santos
For more than a decade, Sara & André have been stretching the limits of their artistry, reinventing in each of their projects the recognition of, or by contrast, the opposition to their condition. What drives them is ultimately a systematic questioning of that which — despite the game of borders and negotiations marking our contemporary age — persists in distinguishing and classifying an object as a work of art and an artist as someone with supposedly specific attributes.

Being well versed in the world of theory, which insists on a definition of art (from philosophy to sociology), this duo exercises their fascination with assuming the pitfalls and trap doors intentionally placed along its meandering trajectory. They stand shoulder to shoulder with this theoretical legacy and its moments of apparition within the exhibition sphere, that is, the pragmatics of presenting a work of art in public.    

Aware of the speculative “risks” of their critical actions, Sara & André maintain an open dialogue with the codes that underlie the art world. What this means is that they bring in a reinterpretation by expanding the notion of a work of art, one that revolves around the diversions and collapses that inform a subject in its relationship to what we identify primarily as the artistic domain and the work of its actors. Their artistic endeavour involves a kind of consciously parasitic appropriation that aids them in their ascent towards fame in Portugal’s artistic world. The aim of this declared strategy from the very beginning has been precisely to carve out the most direct path to fame, a claim to fame that we have followed over many years as it becomes transfigured with each new project.

This exhibition by Sara & André at MNAC – MC emerged as another way of citing and paying homage to Julião Sarmento, Portugal’s most internationally acclaimed artist, of whom there is an absolute consensus today in the country in terms of critical reception and historiographical analysis. In offering a reinterpretation of some of Sarmento’s most decisive phases in his oeuvre, Sara & André reiterate the urgency of contemporary questions over authorship and the values associated with it. In citing the work and authorship of an undisputed artist, they run the risk, albeit calculated, of seeing their own authorship become virtually forgotten, a kind of dilemma of legitimation that has always captivated them. Between the fame attained by Julião Sarmento’s own prestige and the easy accusations of plagiarism or lack of originality, Sara & André risk a critical reading in this exhibition that is closely identified with an endeavour associated with their essential task; that is, to provoke a productive instability regarding the borders and characteristics of authorial singularity in the context of contemporary visual arts.


    2014-09-25 19h00
    Opening of the exhibition by SARA & ANDRÉ
    2014-09-27 17h00
    Guided tour with Lígia Afonso
    2014-11-06 18h30
    Guided tour with David Santos
    2014-11-12 18h30
    Talk and guided visit with Julião Sarmento to Sara & André Temporary Exhibition

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