The show features a prime selection of works of the author, with painting, sculpture and installation inspired by the diversity and lush plasticity of the ancient Cape Verdean and Guinean textiles, a theme that was the target of several years of an intensive research process by the author. Born in Guinea, degree in sculpture from the University of Fine Arts in Lisbon in 1975, Manuela Jardim attended engraving, textile and screen printing courses on The Espírito Santo Silva Foundation and the Institut National D'Education Populaire in Paris. Her initial artistic training combined with work research in the field of cultural roots, ethnic matrices, and ancient African textiles, which she intensified especially since 2003, provided a reinterpretation of her own culture, which Manuela transposes into a contemporary and unique artistic work. The exhibition "In the happy miscegenation of things" emanates a personal and syncretic look of the aesthetic sense and the deep human meaning that she collects from the ancestry of objects and that she transforms through experimentation and technique reinvention of the creative processes anchored in constructions made by anonymous people not only from Africa but also from other geographical horizons. About the author wrote, among other personalities, Maria Barroso and the great master of Mozambican painting, Malangatana, which said: "Manuela Jardim fills a cultural space in a faster dynamics that time we have (...) portrays to the world her interior as dutiful to a mission. Walks, directing others to a knowledge about the world, that would be not only through the one that nature has given us. Feeds us what it is in the soul and impregnates the space so we can reap the fruits that enrich us. Being in front of his work is like drink a wisdom that adds our meeting.
The exhibition will be open until July 9.
Curator: Carlos Cabral Nunes.