Around a year ago (August 2011), the Serralves Foundation and Sonae launched a pioneering Annual Artistic Residencies Programme in Porto.
Patricia Dauder (Barcelona, 1973) and Carlos Bunga (Porto, 1975) have been chosen for the second edition of this “Sonae/Serralves Project” - that annually invites a foreign artist and a Portuguese artist to live and work in the city. The project is one of the few artistic residencies to bring international artists to Portugal, offering conditions to produce new works and present an exhibition sponsored by Sonae and coordinated by the Serralves Foundation.
Unlike in the previous edition, the artists will not be asked to intervene in spaces outside the museum itself (in 2011, the English artist, Charlotte Moth, and the Portuguese artists, !Von Calhau!, worked and presented their projects in the Instituto Araújo Porto - a former school for visually impaired persons pertaining to the Santa Casa da Misericórdia in Porto). This year the artists will occupy spaces within the Serralves Museum, presenting interventions that have been specifically designed for these areas, including spaces where one wouldn’t normally expect to see artistic projects on display.
On 07 December 2012, there will be simultaneous inauguration of installations by Patricia Dauder in the Museum’s Multipurpose Room and restaurant (the second artistic invention in the restaurant, after the invitation made to Ernst Caramelle, in 2007 to produce a mural painting). It will also be possible to see projects by Carlos Bunga in the museum lobby and the staircase leading to the Serralves Auditorium.
Another novelty of this year’s edition is the image which communicates and disseminates the project, that has been chosen from a competition open to young Portuguese designers. The winning proposal was submitted by Maria Margarida Lopes Vilhena, Filipe Cardigos and Sérgio Gameiro. The image may be adapted to various media , and can be seen on posters, billboards, invitations and the project’s micro-site.
As in last year’s edition, the current programme, which also includes roundtables, lectures, studio visits and open studios, seeks to encourage contact between Portuguese and international artists. For example, there will be conversations with artists who are teaching classes in Porto’s art schools (Universidade de Belas Artes, and the Image and Sound Course of the Universidade Católica), as well as lectures by guests invited by the artists, who will address important issues associated to the research and issues explored in the artists’ works.
The Catalan artist, Patricia Dauder, who despite the fact that she also works with film and slide shows is best known for her abstract drawings, which are simultaneously abstract, rigorous and organic. She will combine graphite drawing and painting in her intervention on the restaurant’s walls, which will remain on display for 12 months. In the Multipurpose Room, also located on the museum’s fourth floor, there will be a small exhibition including the artist’s drawings, paintings and a sculpture, which will provide a background context for the museum’s visitors.
This Portuguese artist who has been living in Barcelona for several years, is well known for his large installations in which he uses simple materials (in particular cardboard and sticking tape) to build authentic architectural structures, which although precarious and ephemeral, confront the eminently modernist architecture of Álvaro Siza, with forms that are reminiscent of slums, including popular, fragile and precarious architectural solutions. The artist has recently used his aforementioned favourite materials (cardboard, sticking tape, paints) to produce objects that lie on the border between sculpture and painting. In Serralves, in addition to his intervention which questions the notions of architecture and habitability, he will produce one or more large scale "paintings" for the staircase leading to the Serralves Auditorium. (This space has the second highest ceiling in the museum, after the lobby).