Porto | From 22.06.22 to 22.01.23

AGNÈS VARDA: LIGHT AND SHADOW

Exhibitions | Cinema
© Serralves

In this exhibition, the contrast between light and shadow offers a starting point to revisit the constitutive polarities that underpin Varda's oeuvre – the tension between the material and the immaterial and between the real and the imaginary, or the disproportion between motifs and forms that often lead to an inversion of scales: between the monumentalisation of the insignificant and the desacralisation of the revered. The two installations on display: Une cabane de cinéma: la serre du bonheur (A Cinema Shack: The Greenhouse of Happiness, 2018) and Patatutopia (2003) are based on an essentially identical confrontation: the false vivacity of the sunflowers and the deterioration of the potatoes, the stereotypical image of happiness and the allegorical representation of old age. Oppositions that are ultimately aligned and sublimated in an antagonism between a critique of uselessness and the ethical and aesthetic principles of re-use, combating waste and obsolescence – in all senses: material, symbolic, political, filmic and human.

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