Opening of the exhibition A mão que segura e a que se eleva no ar (The hand that holds and the one that rises in the air) in independent space Rampa, with the artists Isabel Baraona, Mafalda Santos and Susana Gaudêncio, curated by Pessoa Colectiva (Mafalda Santos and Susana Gaudêncio).
“The hand that holds and the one that rises in the air uses poetry, words and art as means of resistance and freedom and, as a motto, Ana Hatherly’s concept of image-writing. United by Ana’s intelligent hand this exhibition gathers three artists in their different voices. An affiliation that does not constitute a tribute, rather a celebration. Susana, Mafalda and Isabel under Hatherly’s sign, firm hands, holding and fixing lines, convening revolutions of image and text.
Drawing and writing, whether figure or word, the hand performs a hypnotic and magical action. Paulo Pires do Vale says that this relation “is a place of metamorphosis, between text as an image and drawing as writing”. The hand is action bringing to the surface what was before invisible and silent, drawing black and enchanted lines over this reserve of imagination.
Poetic creation has always existed as an engaged practice of resistance. The political discourse of the status quo, on the other hand, features a unique and targeted voice, sustained by the denotative value of language and from which any ambiguity must be absent.”
Pessoa Colectiva, 2020
The opening of the exhibition at the Rampa in Porto took place on 14 February and was open until 30 May 2020.
Access here images of Mafalda Santos’ work for “A mão que segura e a que se eleva no ar“