HAMMER TIME 2023 | Exhibition-Auction

2 Novembro a 23 Dezembro

HAMMER TIME 2023 | Exhibition-Auction

Ana Carvalho, André Sier, António Olaio, Bárbara Bulhão, Beatriz Machado, Bernardo Cantigas, Bruno Humberto, Carlos Gaspar, Carlota Jardim, Chikki Chikki (aka Ana Pessoa), Claus Voss Cordeiro, Constanza Solórzano, Cristina Motta, Cyrielle Marchetti, Daniel Antunes Pinheiro, Dilar Pereira, Eduardo Sousa Ribeiro, Elza Lapina & Ugis Albins, Elzbieta Rozanovaite, Fábio Colaço, Felix Vong, Filipe Vilas-Boas, Fonseca da Silva, Francisco de Menezes, Gabriella Makhult, Gonçalo Gonçalves, Gonçalo Gouveia, Henrique Neves, Hermano Noronha, Isaque Pinheiro, Isobel Atacus, Jiôn Kiim, Joana Lucas, João Campolargo TeixeiraJoão Fonte Santa, João Mouro, João Paulo Henriques, João Pedro Branco, João Valente, João Viotti, Júlio Costa, Katarina Balunova, Leonor Mendes, Letícia Larin, Liliia Kucher, Manu Romeiro, Margot Kick, Maria José José Maria, Marta Pombo, Miguel Ângelo Marques, Miguel Serafim da Silva, Nadya Ismail, Natasha Carlos, Neuza Matias, Nicoleta Sandulescu, Nuno Direitinho, Nuno Viegas, Patrycja Maksylewicz, Pedro Gramaxo, Qafar Rzayev, Regina Silva, Ruben Antunes, S4ra, Sara Franco, Sarah Pripas, Sebastiao Castelo Lopes, Susana Borges,Taisiia Bomshtein, Telmo Ribeiro, Thomas Mendonça, Tiago Pinto, Time For The Oniric, Vasco Maia e Moura, Vitor Cavalheiro, @m41.m ...and other anonymous

OPEN | 9 November – 23 December, 2023

SCHEDULE | Thu-Sun, 4pm-8pm
PERFORMANCE-AUCTIONS | 11 and 25 November, 9 and 23 December (all starting at 5:00 pm)
SUPPORT | Direção-Geral das Artes / República Portuguesa

“Hammer Time” is an art show and a performative event that aims to engender a micro-investigation about the value of the work of art from a peripheral position in relation to the market. At the same time, “Hammer Time” is a fundraising event, whose revenues support both participating artists and the sustainability activity of the artist-run space Zaratan.
The participation in the event was open to all, invited to submit applications, and the selection process brought together more than 70 works from national and international artists.
The contemporary art system is articulated in structures and circuits of production, circulation, sale and dissemnation, in which various actors play roles of synergy or antagonism.
By pantomimeing the structure of the auction [as a market institution characterized by an explicit set of rules], Zaratan [as an independent space] seeks to test possible alternative accesses to the so-called commercial art world, but always presenting challenging work and without giving in to trends and the fashions of official circuits.
Moreover, the analysis of the connection between the aesthetic value and the economic value of a work is crucial to understand the general meaning of artistic production as a phenomenon peculiar to the culture or subculture in which we live.
The value of a work of art, considered only from the point of view of the person who loves, owns it or wants to possess it, is immeasurable. As the aesthetic value cannot be completely objectified or quantified, a work has value as long as it can be publicly appreciated, that is, it needs a public space where the sharing of form evaluations can take place.
The institutional channels of art – museums, galleries, foundations – used to provide this function, and still do so to some extent when they are not corrupted by individuals who manipulate art only as an investment. The current money system turned several of the great institutions of public culture into a promotion and commercialization circus, forgetting the value of the connection between public and artistic creativity.
Responding to the absence of alternative modes of production and cultural sustainability, Zaratan intends to become such a space for discussion and involve collective participation in order to instigate a public debate, in the form of an auction, on the valorization of contemporary aesthetic production.
“Hammer Time” will also be accompanied by a series of 4 performance biddings conducted [live and in digital simultaneously] by an auctioneer invited by Zaratan: the artist João Pedro Branco.
The exhibition and paralel event integrates the program of Lisbon Art Weekend, happening on November 9-10-11-12 with extended opening hours (12h00-20h00).

You can bid to purchase an artwork in several ways:

- PHYSICALLY: Visiting Zaratan on the auction days (11 and 25 November, 9 and 23 December) or delivering a bid in a sealed envelope to the gallery assistant during the exhibition opening hours (Thu-Sun; 16h00: 20h00).
- VIRTUALLY: it is possible to follow the auction in live streaming and send an offer in real time via email or telephone (info@zaratan.pt or 965 218 382). The live broadcast will be available on Zaratan's YouTube or Facebook page shortly before the auctions begin.
The participants who made the highest bids win, as long as the minimum reserve price has been reached. The reserve value of the works is not accessible to the public. As the pieces are sold, they are removed from the exhibition.