Vera Cortês Art Agency's proposal for the 2016 edition of Artissima presents a dialogue between works by two artists represented by the gallery, Anna Franceschini (Pavia, Italy, 1979) and André Romão (Lisbon, Portugal, 1984). In their practice, both artists have been dealing, in a very different, yet relatable, way with our relation, as individuals and as subjects, with ideas of change and transformation, the unknown and what may remain outside the realm of narrative or verbal structures.
The two person project will be centered around ideas of movement, whether it may be understood as historical, magical, sociological or, of course, spatial. Movement animates objects and time, brings things to life and is a constant source of material forms. In a theater-like set, André Romão will present a new series of four wall sculptures. These works will be finished industrially, vinyl on colored lacquer, resembling perhaps furniture produced in Italy throughout the 80s and thus evoking the growing tension between the final years of the Autonomia Movement and the beginning of postmodern design. Anna Franceschini will present a new series of rotating sculptures, reminiscent of architectural language, in which circular movement, or motion, is simultaneously a form, a metaphor and a rhetorical device. A performance, a “choreography” to be more precise, will function as a uniting element as it will respond to both artists' works. A dancer, choreographed by Franceschini, will progress over time, learning from what she sees inside the booth, adding layer to layer and in that process setting the other works in motion and enacting the booth's narrative of a fluid “historical memory”, while 'learning' from the phenomenology of the space and of the works.