Vicente'14, reinventing the myth, since 2011

Raoul Kurvitz
Curator: Mário Caeiro
6/09/2014-26/10/2014

The Project Travessa da Ermida, in Belém, continues to evoke ancestral images and the creative process around the myth of Saint Vincent, founding narrative of Lisbon's identity. The goal is to continue to encourage a group of non common cultural meetings among creators and investigators, on an initiative that has been taking place yearly since 2011.
Between September and October, in Belém, the secrets of History, the nuances of the thought and the art languages meet again, this time around … a glass of wine; wouldn't Saint Vincent to patron of winemakers!

The Project VICENTE arrives to its fourth edition under the theme Nature, temple and abysm – the world in the user's optical. The idea is to add to the three first editions ideas new perspectives and innovative artistic proposals.

After starting to indistinctly see the Resonances of a Luminous Myth in the first edition, and in the second and third imagining the multiple new ways of reviving the memory of the myth (Review to believe … and … Said and Redone!), we land on the fourth edition with even more curiosity over what VICENTE has to tell us about our relationship with the world around us.
That said, this is the beginning of a second sequence of programming, that looks to the European culture diversity as a great dialogic opportunity. In 2015, the fifth edition - and second of this diptych - will be under the theme: Sacred, Body and Image.

Vincent Pagan?
VICENTE in 2014 meets the distant North - where it subsists a very open pagan cultural sensibility - and let's himself be surprised by the eternal passion for nature. On a sudden trip to Estonia, VICENTE carries in his luggage, besides a bottle of his best wine, the curiosity and the will to dialogue. But, is it paganism so distant to him? After all, in what measure do we continue to be ourselves pagans, even if under other ways? On the other hand, it won't be the Christian culture - the one Saint Vincent was the key figure on nationality's deal bar - a fabulous production machine of cultural sense, always including new horizons in a millennial longing of party and salvation, which appeal is universal?

In addition to the standard components - exhibition and urban intervention, a walk - this time including a wine tasting - and the editing of a book (fólio), this edition of VICENTE  brings a program of performances in several places of Lisbon. Yesterday as always, VICENTE continues to be …. Lisboa na Rua (Com'out Lisbon).

Invited to exhibit at Ermida de N.ª Sr.ª da Conceição in Belém, Raoul Kurvitz (1961) will bring us his contemporary paganism. Kurvitz represents in his sui generis way the heart of his origin country's cultural identity, Estonia.

To VICENTE 2014, Kurvitz produces in the old chapel - a profane temple - a  poetic atmosphere in which different folklorist motives are developed by his personal fantasy, on a ritualistic-mythological practice.  

In this intervention it is disclosed the culture of a faraway Europe, throughout an immersive original and unedited installation produced with living matter from Tallinn. What a promising dialogue!

Credits
Vicente 2014

Promoting Entity Projecto Travessa da Ermida Project Direction Eduardo Fernandes Project Manager Fábia Fernandes Equipments and Assemblage José Vaz Fernandes Concept and Curator Mário Caeiro Design Editorial  Diogo Trindade Artists  Raoul Kurvitz (Estonia)Performance Krzysztof Leon Dziemaszkiewicz (Poland) and João Abel (Portugal) Authors fólio Paulo Pereira, Fernando Melo, José Tolentino Mendonça,  Manuel J. Gandra, Nélson Guerreiro,  Agata Wiórko, Mário Caeiro  Artists fólio Isabel Baraona Marta Soares Walk/ Wine Tasting Nelson Guerreiro (actor) Nelson Guerreiro (sommelier)
Support
EGEAC, CML, Estonian Embassy, Junta de Freguesia de Santa Maria de Belém, Enoteca de Belém, Palavrão Associação Cultural

About Raoul Kurvitz
Tallinn, Estonia; lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. In 1984 graduated Tallinn Art University as an architect. Since 1988 works as a free-lanced artist, also teaching in Tallinn Art University and elsewhere by contracts.
In 1986 Raoul Kurvitz formed a group called „Rühm T“ together with Urmas Muru – a group of artists and other creative people, which appeared to be the most radical and innovative movement in the Estonian art-life in the times of Perestroika and regaining independence of the country inbetween 1986-1991; the group did a lot to revolutionize the local art-scene.
In 1989-1992 Kurvitz gained acknowledgment also abroad – in Finland, Sweden and elswhere in the Baltic region, mainly with his performances. In 1997 he represented Estonia at the Bienniale of Venice together with Jaan Toomik and Siim-Tanel Annus, it was historically the first time when Estonia was officially acknowledged to the Biennale. In 1999 Kurvitz made a huge exhibition at Tallinn Art Hall and the square (Vabaduse Plats) in front of it, presenting a number of large-scaled installations, which became his trade-mark in his further production. In 2000-2002 Kurvitz lived and worked in New York. He has participated in a multitude of international group exhibitions,  including „Reflections“ in Paris, L´Ecole des Baux Arts“ (1993) Exhibition of Tactile Arts at Maly Ermitazh, Moscow (1998),Vilnius Bienniale of Painting (2000, 2010),Grosse Austellung in Düsseldorf Kunsthalle (2001), Rauma Biennale Balticum (2011), Festivals of Light in Lyon (2006), Helsinki (2007), Jerusalem (2012), Torun (2013), and elsewhere; in 2013 he had an extensive solo retrospective at KUMU Art Museum, in Tallinn, Estonia.  Kurvitz works with painting, performances, installations, video, text and sound, often merging them together into, total installations“, as he calls them. Kurvitz´s art is interdisciplinary.

About Krzysztof "Leon" Dziemaszkiewicz
Poland; Dancer, actor and performer. Between 1987 and 1995, choreographer and assistant at the Teatr Ekspresji, of Wojciech Misiuro. Has participated in all shows and cinema productions of this group. Between 1996 e 2002, has collaborated with various groups and institutions in Berlin. Since 1990, cooperates with SFINKS Sopot Forum for the Integration of Science, Culture and Art, where he creates his performances, happenings and practices his activity as a dancer and choreographer. Leon tries to develop a language of contrasts and to question the limits of animality humanity through his work about the genre. He associates the ritual, the dance, the tradition of the cabaret, in the name of the human liberty.  To him, Theatre is Life and can happen at any place. The inflexibility before social norms is the ground of his artistic language. His theatre exchanges feelings, instincts, emotions. Honesty is the mainstream. He uses frequently nudity as joy, simplicity  and spontaneity manifestation.



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