The Surrounding Lines
Nuna Rodrigues de Sousa
01.07.2015 - 24.07.2015
Opening 01.07.15 6-8pm
Artist Talks 23.07.15 6-7pm
The Surrounding Lines is an exhibition that deals with the relationship between the poles of political power that globally influence and shape social space and how those structures affect individuals.
Juxtaposing a formal modernist discourse with contemporary geography studies as a metaphor for the rationalist systems and devices of power that individuals must resist, this project aims to establish a geography of networks, links, exchanges and connections in different instances of a social formation with its own power-geometries in permanent confrontation.
Using an ambiguous duality between materiality and abstraction this body of work engages the perspective of the social collective and the individual point of view at the same level. It references the geometric constructs used by the philosopher Baruch Spinoza in his rationalist perspective of the individual human essence: each person and their attributes have a unique and eternal existence in nature following a Euclidean mathematical theorem.
This project, comprising a series of drawings, a sculpture and a single-channel video, attempts to represent a geometric cartography of power, society and human existence.
Nuno´s practice deals fundamentally with space and place. He works with historical references of modernist architecture, literature, urbanism, social utopia and abstract geometrical painting.
He was born in Lisbon, Portugal and currently lives and works in Sydney.
He holds a B.A. in Fine Art/Painting from the Faculty of Fine Art of the University of Lisbon and a M.A. in Communication Science at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the New University of Lisbon.
Nuno works as an artist since the mid-2000s.He has shown his work in several museums, galleries and independent spaces across Portugal and Europe, including, Château de Servières/Marseille, Screen City Festival/Stavanger, Contemporary Art Center of Málaga, Koroska Gallery/ Ljubljana, Quadrum Gallery/Lisbon, Electricity Museum/Lisbon, Culturgest/Lisbon and Belém Cultural Centre/Lisbon.