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Lucas Simões

From December 16

"Those who actually have power can either exercise it or not. Power is essentially defined by the possibility of its non-act, by the possibility of remaining dormant."

(…) in such manner, great poetry doesn't merely mean what it explicitly says, but also the act of telling, the potency and impotence of telling (…)."

Excerpt from Giorgio Agamben's text, where the author relates Aristoteles' text with Dormition of Art, a 17th-century painting attributed to Artemisia Gentileschi which inspired the sculptures by artist Lucas Simões displayed in this exhibition.

Abysses* in a state of torpor, dismounted; Dormentes draw the shape of gravity, of repose, and bend untroubled over the metal plates. Here, the concrete shows its sensuality in its smooth nakedness, in its colours, a sleepy yet vigilant skin.

*series of sculptures by the artist produced between 2015 and 2020.