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GASI Lisbon Symposium 2014

Sociedade Portuguesa de Grupanálise e Psicoterapia Analítica de Grupo The Group Analitic Society

Young Artists are present with their work interacting with delegates

Going through the strange character of the human being, and exploring the bowels of the world, the students of the faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon present an exhibition comprised of sculpture, drawing, engraving and painting. In all of them, we can see a line of thought that demonstrates concern about the human condition and the environment that surrounds it, we will find ourselves in the universal questions that are being raised by the young artists.


Ana Ribeiro, with her sculptures, brings to life an imaginary world based on the combination of different animal species and their unique main characteristics. Those new hybrid creatures join two special distinct animal elements, on a subtle and accurate way that seems almost real. The portraits were made with natural ceramic clay with a large plasticity that allows us to leave our own print. The small hybrids were transformed from simple plastic animals where several changes were made on their form and color to bring up the volumes and look rather natural.


Meanwhile Mafalda Theias, with some imagination and a precious help form National Museum of Natural History and Science of Lisbon, creates sculptures from some humans and animal sculls, vertebra and other bones, which were created and designed using a 3D model method, adapted and approached to explore sculpture techniques to understand and rebuild some parts of a living being skeleton.


On the other hand, Diogo Camilo explores in his engravings women as the main character, they arise in his representations as troubled by depression or inner suffering. They are created from a source of great inspiration to my work (Paula Rego), in which women are centered by their body language and expose the inside out, that it’s not known but it's sensed. The paintings depict a different world, where the baboon faces situations that are not directly exposed, just pulled by the conflicting urban and wild environments. In general, shades of black and gray of abstract environments clinging to reason by this being, which insulated is caused to react under this shock and uncontrolled clutter.


Joana Galego, who based her series of works on our way to express and hide certain feelings, aims to expose what can be buried inside the human mind: invisible but conflicting storms, contradictory thoughts and abrupt reactions, which may seem silent, or even inexistent, underneath an attitude of apparent indifference. Intimate emotions such as these were personified and then drawn on paper, so that they, as mute as they were, could also have a voice.


Hugo Lami’s paintings are constantly influenced by the important literary references absorved. Inspired by the words of Plato and Albert Camus, but without the intention of illustrating, all his work follows the abstract, not because the hardest thing to do is to represent the visible world, but because the most difficult thing to do is to represent the visual world.


The visual world is the essence of the world of all visible things. A quest to pursue the memory of the visual, in order to connect and present the truth, a truth that represents the origin.


The abstract painting it’s the demand for that truth, one that is sought not by form but by the spirit


"I try to go where the human being is preposterous to remind him that the truth is not in his body, but in his death."


Erica Moreira lets herself be fascinated by nature, and flowers are the main theme of the set. The approach created wasn't supposed to meet the obvious, but to capture only the detail of different species in an almost abstract way. The fading image in certain cases, and in others the accent of color, concretize the abstract within the paintings. The color, saturation and contrast intend to captivate the viewer to look more closely.


And last but not least, Catarina Bernardo with her series of paintings began a reflection about the life cycle. A cycle that for her consists of lines, and to each one of them is assigned the identity of an individual being, the human being is the product of all their ancestors, people are the result of a cycle, as well as the environment that surrounds us, growing and building constantly. Through various expressive languages, the series of paintings results in a path by nature, calling impressionism, touching the light in a movement of organic and free brush, which results in a painting without prejudice seeking to reach the beginning of all these lines.


Despite the nature of the works - that asks for an explanation - not everything is revealed. Much is kept inside the artists, and much is left to be revealed, with the hope that the viewer sees the work also with the mind and not only with the eyes. It is with great pleasure that all these young artists present their works and offer to talk and discuss with the public their concerns and their thoughts.



Ana Ribeiro- anaribeiro157@hotmail.com

Catarina Bernardo- catarina.s.bernardo@hotmail.com; catarinasbernardo.wix.com/work

Diogo Camilo- diogomcamilo@gmail.com

Érica Moreira- erica_super@hotmail.com; www.facebook.com/EricaMadArt

Hugo Lami- hugolamip@gmail.com; http://hugolami.wix.com/hart; www.facebook.com/hugolamihart

Joana Galego- joanaccgalego@gmail.com; www.joanagalego.co.vu

Mafalda Theias- mctheias@hotmail.com; www.facebook.com/mctheias

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