Underdogs Art Store is pleased to announce “This Is Not a Game”, a solo exhibition by angolan visual artist Vitor Reis in Lisbon, Portugal.
It might look like it but it’s not. The set of colourful ceramic pieces that Vitor Reis presents here might, at first, appear to be an unsuspicious game of darts like those we can find in any bar or games room around the world. However, a closer look reveals that these projectiles and these targets reflect another nature, another reality, another game. Through the seemingly fun appearance that permeates the simplicity of this installation the artist weaves a serious and incisive comment on the perversity of war and the light- hearted way in which, today, it is frequently planned and viewed.
Offering a combination of ostentatious sets, technological props of a spectacular nature, and an aseptic narrative capable of attenuating its brutal nature, the contemporary theatre of war is regularly produced and presented like a new format of entertainment, a playful exercise that unfolds, and is consumed in a complicit way, from a distance.
If the small games of irony, the visual puns, the witty subversions of the real have been transversal to Vitor Reis’ artistic practice, he reminds us here that there are certain things that should, in fact, continue to seem what they are. Such as those whose cost is very real, in terms of suffering and of destruction, to those who live them.