Opening Reception: Thurs 4 May, 6.30–8.30pm
The 10th edition of DRAF Curators’ Series presents Greater than the Sum, an exhibition by Kunsthalle Lissabon.
With artists including André Guedes (Portugal), Diogo Evangelista (Portugal), Mounira Al Solh (Lebanon), Céline Condorelli (Switzerland) & Amalia Pica (Argentina), Jonathas de Andrade (Brazil).
DRAF Curators’ Series supports independent curators by commissioning special research-based projects, considering the curator as an author. Following Arcadia Missa in 2016, this is the second invitation in the series to a space rather than an individual curator.
Kunsthalle Lissabon, despite its faux-institutional name, is a small independent space, founded in 2009 by curators João Mourão and Luis Silva, in Lisbon.
Greater than the Sum looks at Kunsthalle Lissabon’s original and dynamic curatorial approach, which places ‘radical hospitality’ – defined as sociability, solidarity and generosity – at the core of the institution.
The exhibition revisits some of the close collaborations with artists that have shaped the programme. The works presented in the exhibition represent ideas of friendship, community and playfulness, and many are themselves products of collaborations.
Curators’ Series supports curators by commissioning special research-based projects. The series considers a curator as an author. Over the last decade, previous guest curators have included Cylena Simonds (UK), Raimundas Malasauskas (Lithuania), Mihnea Mircan (Romania), Mathieu Copeland (UK), Simone Menegoi & Chris Sharp (Italy and US), Pablo Leon de la Barra (Mexico), Vivian Ziherl (Australia) & Natasha Ginwala (India), Christine Eyene (France/Cameroon) and Arcadia Missa (London). The Curators’ Series is supported by Arts Council England.
Kunsthalle Lissabon was founded in 2009 by Portuguese curators João Mourão (Alegrete, 1975) and Luis Silva (Lisbon, 1978). Kunsthalle Lissabon presents an original and dynamic programme in Lisbon, according to three principles: i) an ideological proximity to what has been defined as institutional critique and also to the later concept of new institutionalism; ii) a DIY ethics and aesthetics, caused by the current economic climate and that allows for fluidity, agility and speed of action and, most of all, for autonomy and independence from a more commercial approach; iii) a practice of close collaboration with artists. It has presented projects by artists including Céline Condorelli, Jacopo Miliani, Jonathas de Andrade, Patrizio di Massimo, Mariana Castillo Debal, Amalia Pica, Pilvi Takala and Ahmet Ogut. João Mourão and Luis Silva are currently curating ZONA MACO SUR, Mexico City (2015 – 2017), contributing editors of CURA magazine, Rome. João Mourão was previously Head of Contemporary Art, City of Lisbon (2010 – 2016) and Luis Silva was General Coordinator and Curator: Galeria Miguel Nabinho, Lisbon (2003 – 2009) and Rhizome Curatorial Fellow at The New Museum, New York (2008).