Rui Calçada Bastos

One world, one dream
Rui Calçada Bastos (Portugal)

Rui Calçada Bastos (Portugal) presents a series of new works, developed in his recent residencies in various cities around the world. I.N.S.T.I.T.U.T.I.O.N.S investigates words and sounds. The installation, consisting of letters made in vinyl, reproduces the initials of the names of what are currently the most prominent contemporary art institutions, while at the same time the artist’s voice can be heard reading the names out loud, resulting in a type of (de)constructive poem. Stardust is a sculpture that reproduces the kinematic effect used in video; its’ argument is concerning the reality of the image. All that glitters complements this argument, in so far as the activity that unfolds on the sculpture takes place in real- time (!), thus, it has a similar undertone to the first piece. From the series life in a bush of ghosts are two urban photographs of unexpected events – a freshly painted wall, and a wall with a hole allowing a view of the wall’s interior. By inverting the situations we are being provoked to consider the disparity of human actions and gestures. One world, one dream, which lends its’ name to the exhibition, are a set of images of people holding hands. They are, however, intriguing as they form photographic collages – like in a Dadaist piece- recreating the gesture of holding hands. Here the artist suggests a true, global communion, in the sense that unfamiliar hands take on an anonymous shape.

Co-production: Vera Cortês Agência de Arte .