Carlos Noronha Feio
Synergy […] means the behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the separately observed behaviors of any of the system’s separate parts (1)
3+1 Arte Contemporânea is pleased to announce (sunsight!)/(sunclipse!), a solo exhibition by artist Carlos Noronha Feio.
Through his multimedia work, Carlos Noronha Feio analyzes themes such as identity, nationalism and local and global culture. His practice seeks to question preconceived concepts of belonging by assimilating historical, geographical and political references, juxtaposing them to engender his own compositions.
In this exhibition, Noronha Feio will expand on his series of Arraiolo rugs which have been core objects of his artistic and theoretical investigation. Inspired by Afghan war rugs, the artist creates his own iconography around futuristic space scenes. By collaborating with local artisans, Noronha Feio places history and tradition in dialogue with the contemporary context and even imagery of the future. Complementing the rugs, the artist will also present the most recent component to his work – a set of texts or text excerpts in golden stainless steel installed throughout the gallery space. Two of them read the words of the exhibition title – (sunsight!) and (sunclipse!). Carlos Noronha Feio seeks to build critical discourse around the culture system, questioning how we can position ourselves as individuals in relation to a whole.
Carlos Noronha Feio (Lisbon, 1981) holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art London and he lives and works in Lisbon, London and Moscow. Noronha Feio’s selected solo shows include: even if at heart we are uncertain of the will to connect, there is a common future ahead, Narrative projects, London (2018); A Matter of Trust, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2017); banhados pela luz brilhante do pôr do sol, 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2015); and Oikonomia: A Matter of Trust, MNAC – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon (2015). Group shows: The fabric of felicity, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018); Variations Portugaises, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Meymac (2018); ‘Futures’, CAC Vilnius (2017); You Are Now Entering_________, CCA Londonderry/Derry (2012); and Image Wars, Abrons Art Centre, New York (2011). From 2009 up to 2014 he was a director of The Mews Project Space in London’s east end. Noronha Feio’s work is included in the publications “The Art of Not Making: The New Artist/Artisan Relationship” as well as in “Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition”, published by Thames & Hudson. He is present in several private and public collections including MAAT—Fundação EDP in Lisbon, Saatchi Collection in London, and MAR—Museu de Arte do Rio in Rio de Janeiro.
1 – Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1968)