Madragoa Embora : HAVAS/URIEL

18 Nov 2017 – 9 Dec 2017

Galeria Madragoa

Lisbon, Portugal


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MADRAGOA is delighted to present the third exhibition of MADRAGOA EMBORA, its programme devoted to a dialogue between the works by two artists, that will take place in the new gallery’s space at Cossoul. The third exhibition will present works by Deanna Havas and Belén Uriel.


Deanna Havas (New York, 1989. Lives and works in New York) will present a series of prints of photographs taken in urban landscapes that the artist shot in different cities over the course of 2015, using a real-time translation app, called “Word Lens”, able to read and translate the texts present in the environment. Due to the technical limits of optical character recognition, sometimes the image shows superimposed a text generated by the app, where there was originally none. The results are strange, sometimes hilarious, totally random and unpredictable, but at the same time they seemed capable of relevance, possessing the same quality and level of randomness as Dadaist poems. The failure of technology, the malfunction of the algorithm, revealed a degree of poetry hidden in everyday reality and in the folds of urban fabric. Printed on PVC, the works were manufactured in a factory in China.

Belén Uriel (Madrid, 1974. Lives and works between Lisbon and London) will present Dobradiça (2017), a new sculpture of nickel chromed iron. It has the shape of a thin column that, due to the smooth, mirroring surface of its constituent parts that reflect the surrounding environment, becomes almost invisible. The two-dimensional shape of each section of the sculpture, piled up and fixed to the central stand but able to rotate, reproduce the exact contour of the empty space that separates different handlers to the buckets to which they are hooked. Through the manipulation of the materials, experimentation of sculptural processes and playing with the contrast of full and empty spaces, Uriel transformed the detail of a modest, everyday object in a unit of measurement and a pattern that gives shape to a precious sculpture, able to articulate the space. 

Exhibiting artists

Belén Uriel

Deanna Havas


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