2nd Exhibition Cicle 2019
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CIAJG - 2nd Exhibition Cicle 2019
20 June to 6 October


Sound is the core raw material that is used to build the works of Sonic Geometry - an exhibition held in the CIAJG during the second exhibition period of 2019. It is a co-production between the CIAJG and Arquipélago, the contemporary art centre of the island of S. Miguel, in the Azores.
Until April and during a period lasting more than one year, 13 artists from the Azores were asked to develop works that explored RTP’s Sound and Image Archive. The artists were Francisco Janes, Francisco Queimadela e Mariana Caló, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Laetitia Morais, Manon Harrois, Miguel Leal, Mike Cooter, Pedro Tropa, Pedro Tudela, Ricardo Jacinto, Sara Bichão and Tomás Cunha Ferreira. All their works incorporate sound as a raw material, or as a conceptual structure, and were chosen for three exhibitions held in the Arquipélago, from which the CIAJG now receives a selection of works.
The Architecture of Life: Environments, Sculptures and Paintings exhibition is the result of another co-production, this time with the MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon, where the exhibition was first held in November 2018. The exhibition is the first major review of the work of the Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga, who has been living in Barcelona for a decade.
This exhibition, curated by Iwona Blazwick, brings together works from different periods, spanning over 15 years of production by Carlos Bunga, and also different languages and mediums, as suggested by the exhibition’s title.
The sequence of works presented in The Architecture of Life begins with the work that led to Bunga’s first participation in a contemporary art biennial, Manifesta 5, held in San Sebastian, Spain, in 2004, and ends with a set of works produced specifically for this exhibition, as well as other works that have never been presented in Portugal before.
Easily recognizable by the creation of scale models and sculptural works, with recourse to everyday materials - from paperboard to household ink and adhesive tape - Bunga's art involves other less obvious aspects that this exhibition tries to capture, such as attention to processes, a central element of his way of working.