Now it is Light
Galeria Municipal da Boavista, Lisbon, Portugal
Curated by Sofia Lemos
26 January - 10 March 2018
This group exhibition takes cue from an astronomer turned mining geologist’s earthly pursuit for radiant matter in a cavernous space, conveying a range of national and international artists including Amélie Bouvier, Haris Epaminonda, Ester Fleckner, Ana Manso, Ana Mazzei, Pedro A.H. Paixão, Coco Piccard, Andreia Santana, Jeronimo Voss and Davide Zucco.
Now it is Light looks to alchemical effusion as astronomical strive over the planetary substratum, emerging as earthly records placed under commodity and asset mediation. While remaining earthbound the exhibition explores moving image, drawing and installation that investigate light as it recoils, reflects, refracts, diffracts and pierces through seemingly unaffected, yet captured by the imperative of capital in a vertical scheme of geocosmic time.
Borrowing its title from the poet and curator Frank O’Hara to emphasize wordly and material processes, Now it is Light fictionalizes the world’s glare as as narrative substance to interrogate the pulsating encounter between astronomical observation and extraction economies. Engaging artistic practices that approach the geocosm as a moving agent, Now it is Light is a space of inanimate worldings, of metals, minerals and stars whose magnitude is only relatively perceived.
Now it is Light is curated by Sofia Lemos with the support of EGEAC / Galerias Municipais Young Curators Program.