CRISTINA MOTTA | “Na Muralha da China & Outros Kalkitos”

3 Junho 2021 16h00


“Na Muralha da China & Outros Kalkitos”

OPEN | June 3 – July 31, 2021
GUIDED TOUR | July 3, 18:00
SCHEDULE | Thu-Sun, 16:00 – 20:00
ENTRY | Free *
SUPPORT | República Portuguesa – Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes

Zaratan is thrilled to present “Na Muralha da China & Outros Kalkitos”, a solo exhibition of Cristina Motta.
Inspired by action transfers, aka kalkitos, in which one was supposed to rub down figures on cardboard sceneries, digital pictures or digitalized slides were used as background for scenes that at first sight could be mistaken for “real” pictures, in spite of their surrealistic touch.
The proximity to real life creates an artificial punctum, which may affect the viewer in line with Barthes’ concept: a picture produces a subjective effect which varies from one person to another.
More than a project, kalkitos is a modus operandi. The artist starts with a set of backgrounds that are either pictures taken by herself or slides taken by other people. By digitally “transferring” figures to those backgrounds she creates some sort of false memories. In her work, possible worlds are in fact familiar places, though inhabited by possible versions of ourselves.

BIO: CRISTINA MOTTA was born in 1963 in Lisbon, where she lives. She uses different media to create collages, that may either be analogue or digital. She often works with photographic material.
She is represented in EDP Foundation Art Collection / Cabrita Reis Section.
Group exhibitions: “O Que Eu Sou”, MAAT, 2017 (curated by Inês Grosso); “Crisálida”, Atelier Planador, 2017 (curated by Manuel Justo)
This is her first solo exhibition.

*[In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, to access the exhibition the use of sanitary mask is mandatory and entry is subject to maximum capacity, in compliance with hygiene and safety standards.]