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28.11.2015 at 4.30 pm

Talk with Musa paradisiaca and Tomé Coelho

 

 

 

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Musa paradisiaca, Poppe - Besta Grande (Poppe - Great Beast), 2015. Courtesy Dan Gunn, Berlin and 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon. Photo A. Mole.

 

 

 

Musa paradisiaca is a project by Eduardo Guerra and Miguel Ferrão which tends towards the construction of a multivoiced family of thought. Among those voices, there is Tomé Coelho.

 

"We met Tomé Coelho in 2011, in São Tomé (São Tomé and Príncipe), an archipelago on the west coast of Africa. In 2012, we started working on a mutual influence basis, exchanging words for objects, and objects for words ("How to catch a fugitive?", 2013). In 2015, Tomé Coelho moved to Lisbon and we have continued to collaborate at our studio.Tomé Coelho is a wood based sculptor.

 

For CRAC Alsace, we searched for five tree trunks that later would be the bodies of the beasts crowned by the heads of five characters here gathered for the first time. The discovery of their own shapes and forms resulted from a process of intense search not only of qualities of these entities but also of their own necessities to survive as living things. For this to be possible, Tomé Coelho decided to carefully clean the rotten parts of the wood to rescue the forms that instead would be completely unreachable. This intuitive process offered us a subtil approach to such massive shapes and forced us to sharply focus on the features, gestures and movements of these bodies. Instead of obliging these tree trunks to be something, we had to gradually accept that they were becoming something by their own will. These portraits are also the result of constant dialogue. To do these sculptures was, above all, to talk about them.”

 

Eduardo Guerra and Miguel Ferrão, November 2015.