Pedro Torres – On the Brink of Blindness

Venezia - 16/04/2022 : 24/04/2022

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On the Brink of Blindness is a white hole that attracts and repels, that expels light and causes retinal persistence. A space without time or a time warped. A fluctuation of matter. An installation that entangles light, sound, space and matter in the visual and corporal perception.



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Pedro Torres's (Brazil, 1982) practice focuses mainly on the concept of time, exploring its different aspects and perspectives, whether scientific or philosophical. In his projects, time is generally linked to other areas of human experience, such as space, materiality, memory, language and image

The latter, understood in a broad sense, is used by the artist as a mechanism, tool or concept through which to structure and question certain issues, such as the relationship between the construction of memory and images, history (time, anachronism) and narrative (language).

As the diagram shows, in Torres' works, these coordinated elements intertwine and combine in a subjective way, overlapping reflections that are both formal and conceptual. All this is done through a variety of media ranging from video, photography, sculpture and performance to writing. In the latest projects, in fact, the text acquires a prominent position, especially in video installations, where it becomes full-bodied and material. The artist uses it to transform and transmit theoretical and scientific notions and information in a poetic way. Most of Torresprendrendono start from long processes of artistic research, in which the themes and scientific theories-explored with transmedia, methodological and intuitive approach-are very present.

Pedro Torres (b. 1982) [*solo shows] has recently exhibited at Twin Gallery (Madrid), galería Fran Reus (Mallorca), Centre de les Arts Lliures–Fundació Joan Brossa (Barcelona), Fran Reus Gallery (Palma de Mallorca), art3 contemporain* (Valence), Swab Barcelona, Aragon Park II (Madrid), The Green Parrot (Barcelona), Casal Solleric (Palma de Mallorca), Centro Párraga* (Murcia), Casa Seat* / LOOP Barcelona 2020, Chiquita Room* (Barcelona), Errant. Itinerarios de arte y pensamiento* (Old Church of El Pont de Suert), Festival Poesia i + (Caldes d’Estrach), Fabra i Coats: Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, OTR. espacio de arte (Madrid), Dilalica (Barcelona), Bienal de Cuenca (Ecuador), ArtBo (Bogotá, Colombia), CaixaForum Barcelona, BienalSUR (Casa Nacional del Bicentenario, Buenos Aires, Argentina), Festival Embarrat (Tárrega), NCarte (Bogotá, Colombia), ARCO Lisboa (Portugal), Travesía Cuatro Gallery and La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Luis Adelantado Gallery* (Valencia), Mardin Biennial (Turkey), Bienal de las Fronteras (Mexico), Blueproject Foundation* and Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona). His videos have been screened in different festivals in Europe, South America and Asia. He has received awards and grants, such as PostBrossa (2021), finalist of the Ciutat de Palma Antoni Gelabert Visual Arts Award (2021, 2020), the Exchange Grant art3/Homesession (2021), Ayudas a la Creación S.O.S ARTE/CULTURA from Vegap (2021), the “la Caixa” Foundation Production Call (2020), the research grant of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2020, 2013), the production award of the Sala d’Art Jove de Barcelona (2013) and the Botín Foundation grant (2007), among others. He has been artist in residency at art3 contemporain (Valence), NES (Skagaströnd, Iceland), SASG (Seoul), Culturia (Berlin) and Blueproject Foundation (Barcelona). Some of his works and publications belong to the collections of Fundación Botín, Blueproject Foundation, colección olorVISUAL, MadridAbierto, ICP New York, UPV/Artists’ book collection and other private collections. He lives and works in Barcelona, where he is an artist-in-residence at Hangar, centre for art research and production.


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La pratica artistica di Pedro Torres (Brasile, 1982) si concentra principalmente sul concetto di tempo, esplorandone i diversi aspetti e prospettive, siano queste scientifiche o filosofiche. Nei suoi progetti, il tempo è generalmente collegato ad altre aree dell’esperienza umana, come lo spazio, la materialità, la memoria, il linguaggio e l’immagine. Quest’ultima, intesa in senso lato, è utilizzata dall’artista come meccanismo, strumento o concetto attraverso cui strutturare e mettere in discussione alcune questioni, come il rapporto tra la costruzione della memoria e le immagini, la storia (tempo, anacronismo) e la narrativa (lingua).

Nei lavori di Torres, questi elementi-coordinate si intrecciano e combinano in modo soggettivo, sovrapponendo riflessioni che sono al tempo stesso formali e concettuali. Tutto questo, attraverso una varietà di mezzi che spaziano dal video, alla fotografia, alla scultura, alla performance fino ad arrivare alla scrittura. Negli ultimi progetti, infatti, il testo acquisisce una posizione di rilievo, soprattutto nelle installazioni video, dove si fa corposo e materico. L’artista lo utilizza per trasformare e trasmettere nozioni e informazioni teoriche e scientifiche in modo poetico. La maggior parte dei lavori di Torres prendono avvio da lunghi processi di ricerca artistica, in cui le tematiche e teorie scientifiche –esplorate con approccio transmediale, metodologico e intuitivo– sono molto presenti.

Di recente ha esposto presso [*solo shows]: Casal Solleric (Palma di Maiorca), Twin Gallery(Madrid), Centre de les Arts Lliures/Fundació Joan Brossa (Barcellona), art3 contemporain* (Valence), The Green Parrot (Barcellona), Centro Párraga* (Murcia), CASA SEAT (Barcellona)*, Chiquita Room* (Barcellona), Fabra i Coats: Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, OTR. spazio artistico (Madrid), Biennale di Cuenca (Ecuador), ArtBo (Bogotá, Colombia), CaixaForum Barcelona, BienalSUR (Buenos Aires), NC-arte (Bogotá, Colombia), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Blueproject Foundation*, Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcellona). Ha ricevuto premi e borse di studio, come PostBrossa (2021), finalista del concorso Ciutat de Palma Antoni Gelabert Prize for Visual Arts (2021, 2020), Exchange art3/Homesession Scholarship (2021), Vegap SOS ARTE/CULTURA Grants for Creation (2021), Call for Production della Fondazione “laCaixa” (2020) e l’assegno di ricerca del Dipartimento di Cultura della Generalitat de Catalunya (2020, 2013). Alcune delle sue opere e pubblicazioni appartengono alle collezioni di istituzioni nazionali e internazionali come: Fundación Botín, Blueproject Foundation, OlorVISUAL collection, MadridAbierto, ICP New York,UPV/Artist’s Book Collection. Vive e lavora a Barcellona, dove è artista residente presso Hangar, Visual Arts Research and Production Center.

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