Exhibition “Sobre o Amor / About love” – in Lisbon


Sobre o Amor / About Love
 Maria do Mar Rêgo and Lilla Szász

Opening 04.11 from 5pm to 8pm.
Galeria Imago Lisboa /// from 05.11 to 18.12
opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, from 2.30pm to 6.30pm
Rua do Vale de Santo António, 50C – Lisbon

This exhibition was firstly shown at 2B Galeria in Budapest, opened on november the 4th 2020.

The following text was written by curator Judit Geller, in the context of the exhibition in Budapest:

About Love

‘Ascetic Life.’ ‘The Obscene Feature of Love.’ ‘Praise for Tears.’ Just a few chapters titles from the book A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes, which describes in lexical form the full range of emotions in human relationships, from encounters to expectations beyond the phases of love. In life, there are those who experience all of these emotions within a lifelong love, while others experience them in many different relationships over shorter or longer periods. Photographers Maria do Mar Rêgo and Lilla Szász met in Lisbon in 2018, where they soon discovered that they were exploring issues of the same diverse and inexhaustible subject in their series: love. The two series form two different perspectives. Maria do Mar Rêgo has been recording the development of her relationship for almost ten years. “This series started in 2011. Its beginning coincides with my installation in Berlin, motivated by a “transformative” encounter in my life. From that moment on, I never stopped trying to transcribe the emotions aroused by this love encounter. This is a praise of love, a principle that must inspire the destiny of men. The photographs that make up this set are observations of the relationships between bodies and gestures, attitudes, mannerisms, antics, expressive movements of love. An observation of day-to-day life, in which our own feeling is contagious.” – Maria writes about her series Love is not blind (2011-2014).

Lilla Szász followed the love stories of her friends between 2009-2018. „I collect relationships. I photograph

friends, family, loves, strangers. My aim is and has been, to understand what love is. What unites people? After 9 years of work, I understand that there is no single answer. The answer is that I still don’t know and I don’t think I’ll ever know. The project is as dispersed and varied as loves and relationships can be. None is like another; none is even alike. However, there are some similarities between our loves. These photographs are part of my diary and their connection is the many forms of the same feeling that unites us.” – she said about Love Stories (2009-2018).

At the 2B Gallery in Budapest, the two series will be presented in parallel but in different forms. While Maria’s photographs reflect the linearity of long-term relationships in a classic form on the wall, Lilla’s images refer to the diversity of relationships: appearing floating in the space creating an imaginative forest. The individual photos evoke the emotions they experience. ‘The Body of the Other.’ ‘Ideas for Solution.’ ‘Identities.’ ‘The Images.

New Year / Some work

New year / Some work

it was a strange 2020, however very busy.
Among the different projects, I am working on the creation of a photographic archive on the impact of Covid-19 in the Alentejo region, a commission from the Direcção Regional da Cultura do Alentejo made to four photographers from the territory. A project curated by Rui Prata,

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New publications and Phenomena contest

New publications and Phenomena contest

During the months of November and December several collaborations happened and became public.

  • The project Pelas Tascas from Frame Colectivo, as a book and a memory game. In the latter are photographic reports, on these modest restaurants in danger of extinction, and articles, the result of a collaboration between 20 photographers from the city of Lisbon and 20 writers:

  • In December, PHENOMENA the exhibition opened, which began as a photography competition (for which I was a member of the jury) and became an exhibition for which I was co-curator and was open until February 2020, in Évora. Organized by the ecoVerney project of the School of Science and Technology of the University of Évora, in collaboration with the Municipality of Évora and the Regional Directorate of Culture of Alentejo, with the support of CIMAC, GESAMB, IPF , CCDRA and DELTA-Cafés.
  • Since decembre number 04 of  the fanzine Hors-Champs is available,  published by  Les atelier de Traverse in Nîmes, France.
    Ten writers wrote a text about one of the photographs from my series “Love is not blind”.

 

About Game – publication

A proposal on the subject: Game – Robida nº6

Among other very interesting articles, about the game, is the result of a common madness: “The Adventures of Shifting Shape Towel”

Towel folds by Gloria Binato and Maria do Mar Rêgo
Text by Sara Rêgo and title was given by Marta Alvares.

 

recent news

Recent news

They are already there, the first photos from the first part of the artist’s residency in Santiago de Compostela at Cuarto Pexigo, which took place in February. During the residency, I made an exhibition at the gallery-store tenda cuarto pexigo and gave a lecture at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC) invited by Fotoforum Compostela.

In the meantime, I had the privilege of being part of the jury of the Phenomena 2019 Photo Contest, an exhibition featuring the best proposals will take place in September.

And, in May, with Marine Delouvrier (artist and architect, in residence at the Casa de Velazquez for the year 2018-2019) we travelled in Spain, for what could become a four hands project: a project where toponymy and its echoes are the starting point of our visual and plastic research.

Artistic Residence in Santiago de Compostela

Artistic Residence in Santiago de Compostela

After a kind invitation from Cuarto Pexigo, in Santiago de Compostela, I will be artist in residency during February 2019.
An occasion to continue my observations on the weight of stones.

Photograph taken in Santiago, in february 2016.
Soon more news.

 

Artist talk Monat der Fotografie > Off Berlin 2018

Artist talk Monat der Fotografie > Off Berlin 2018
October the 14th 2018

Artist talk “European artists in residence” that I am organizing part of the Monat der Fotografie-OFF Berlin Opening Week-end. Organized by Eva Gravayat.

Participants:
Malcolm Dickson
 (Street Level Photoworks Glasgow) 
and the photographers:
Doro Zinn (Residency Exchange Programm Photographic Parallels in Glasgow)
Robert Henderson (Residency Exchange Programm Photographic Parallels in Berlin)
Maria Do Mar Rego (Residencies Casa de Velázquez in Madrid and Budapest Galéria)
Stephanie Steinkopf (Residency Goethe Institut Helsinki und Helsinki International Artist Program, Finland).