Exhibition opening: Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 7 PM

The exhibition will be opened by the guest of honor Alcino dos Prazeres Izata Francisco da Conceição, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola in Belgrade.

The Reflect #2 exhibition is the second edition of the platform for presenting the works of artists of African origin, organized in collaboration with THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE gallery (Luanda/Lisbon). Following the reflections and reflexes of contemporary artist from Namibia (2020), we are very excited to present the fragments, fragilities and memories of contemporary artists from Angola: Pedro Pires, Luís Damião, Francisco Vidal, Nelo Teixeira, Januário Jano, Alida Rodrigues, Ana Silva, Osvaldo Ferreira, Cristiano Mangovo & Ery Claver.

The artists relate, among other themes, the out of control urban chaos of demolition and dehumanized construction, which its final form produces architectural ghosts with empty floors, while most people don’t even have a roof over their head. In these same landscapes of heat, concrete, fuel and cinder there are countless people passing by whose figures disappear under the weight of consumerist hyper materialism. There is no protection either in (cultural) institutions whose systemic mistakes (glitches) are only able to produce a delayed search for a response to burning topics of representation and owning “the other”. In all of this, the artists’ vistasperiodically turn inward. These introvert looks, in self-reverie, are reflections on family, traditional women’s spaces (and materials), motherhood or even traditional expectations solicited by marriage.

Curators:Emilia Epštajn, Ana Knežević, Graça Rodrigues, Sonia Ribeiro