26 Oct. 2013 // 5 Jan. 2014

AEROGRAMA | MANUEL BOTELHO

Sala de Exposições Temporárias | Temporary Exhibitions Room

At this exhibition, we find ourselves confronted mainly with the series known as Aerogram, in a work that amplifies, transforms and develops this old support for messages, which the Portuguese Armed Forces were allowed to use for free during the time of the colonial war […].Converging together in these drawings are writing, especially the writing of others, and an iconography in which citation and invention are placed face to face with one another, creating the image of a solitude. All of this is intended to afford a graphic treatment to a theme that is still partly unknown outside its evocation in literature or memorials. […] These drawings are, to a greater or lesser extent, an interaction between text and image, in which the handwritten text almost always quotes letters sent home by soldiers, some anonymous, others written by well known people […].The transcribed word is, in this case, the raw, untreated docu¬ment, whilst the drawing, which affords an obvious continuity to the previous figurative (and always very effective) drawings by Manuel Botelho

José Luís Porfírio, 2010
Translated by John Elliott, (text extract) in Catálogo “Professores” Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
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Sorry for the brutal letters I sometimes send you (includes excerpt of an aerogram by Mário Beja Santos), 2009 | pencil and watercolours on paper | 66 x 50.5 cm
Sorry for the brutal letters I sometimes send you (includes excerpt of an aerogram by Mário Beja Santos), 2009 | pencil and watercolours on paper | 66 x 50.5 cm
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