PregrinACTION: a post-nostalgia cartography

The exhibition PregrinACTION was held at the "Casa da Cultura Mestre José Rodrigues" in 2018. Monção - Portugal.

By Virtual Museum of Lusophony

Monção is a village set on one of the banks of the Minho river, located on the border with Spain. This is the place where Bienal de Cerveira/Cerveira Biennial has taken place since 1978.

Barroco /Minimal1 - Work by Ricardo de Campos in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Ricardo de CamposVirtual Museum of Lusophony

The utopia of cultural decentralization in contemporary art. New approaches to geography in the relationship between Iberia and the Atlantic.

Confessionário - Work by Manuela Pimentel in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennial 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Manuela PimentelVirtual Museum of Lusophony

In addition to borders, Portugal and Spain share a history of the conquest of freedom in the second half of the 1970s, with the end of dictatorial regimes and the consolidation of the democratic bases of a (new) society.

A Democracia é Pop - Work by Alexandre Rola in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Alexandre RolaVirtual Museum of Lusophony

It is in this context of change and of a deep will to introduce the avant-garde in the artistic field and, above all, to promote debates on the new conditions of art, that the Biennial of Art in Vila Nova De Cerveira will emerge. In 1980, in Vigo, Galicia, a group of artists entitled ATLANTICA made its first appearance.

Mar Dotado de Delírios - Work by Anton Sobral in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Anton SobralVirtual Museum of Lusophony

What was once a shared place of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages becomes also a shared place of cultural and civic action. In 2018, the bridges over the river are also established as sites of cultural and artistic production.

En barca de area por Iria Flavia - Work by Miguel Pereira in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Miguel PereiraVirtual Museum of Lusophony

20 artists (10 Portuguese and 10 Spanish), generationally close, thus embody an exhibition that is diversified in languages, but intensified in messages, combining painting, sculpture and the version of the conceptual expansion of both, but also video, photography and new generic and installation media.

Saudade nas sombras - Work by Xulio Gil in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Xulio GilVirtual Museum of Lusophony

What is intended? Let art and the avant-garde debate, uniting two countries that are always so close in their history through sharing among their best protagonists: artists.

Text by Helena Mendes Pereira

Gentes da Barra - Work by Marco Rodrigues in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Marco RodriguesVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Creb@s - Work by Carmen Hermo in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Carmen HermoVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Sacos do Ser #2 - Work by Patrícia Oliveira in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Patrícia OliveiraVirtual Museum of Lusophony

"HYPHE, Textus" (piezas varias) - Work by Alejandra Lago in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Alejandra LagoVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Horizonte, Mar, Saudade - Work by Yatir Fernandez in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Yatir FernandezVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Xogos - Work by Basilia Fiestras Cachafeiro in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Basilisa Fiestras CachafeiroVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Ritual para unha despedida - Work by Maria Xose Dominguez in PregrinACTION. Utopian Biennal 2018. Culture House of Monção - Portugal (21th Century) by Maria Xose DominguezVirtual Museum of Lusophony

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Virtual Museum of Lusophony

The curatorship of the "pregrinAction" exhibition at the Casa de Cultura in Monção was carried out by:

Antón Sobral Iglesias
Helena Mendes Pereira
Ricardo de Campos

Cover photo: Isaura Arantes | https://www.behance.net/isauraarantes/projects | https://www.instagram.com/marie.magah/


REFERENCES:
Iglesias, A. S., Pereira, H. M. & Campos, R. (2017). pregrinACTION – uma cartografia da Pós Saudade. Retrieved from http://www.museuvirtualdalusofonia.com/galeria/?categoria=pregrinaction&pais=portugal

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