Ricardo Valentim WORKSCVExhibitions
Ricardo Valentim, Jan 12 - Feb 23, 2008

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January 18th, 6.00 pm                       Lecture “Growth and Culture”  
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February 9th, 2.00 pm                        Program A, selection of films from the series “The Undersea                                                        World of Jacques Cousteau”

February 23th, 2.00 pm                      Program B, selection of films from the series “The Undersea                                                        World of Jacques Cousteau”

Pedro Cera Gallery gladly announces the presentation of the second individual show in this gallery of Ricardo Valentim (RV). The show will take place from January 12th to February 23rd. New works that RV has been developing in the last three years will be shown, including photographs of events organized by the artist, where the conference “Growth and Culture,” and the exhibition of a selection of films from the series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” are included.

The artistic practice of RV systematically aims at the creation of strategies that envisage the redefinition of the construction of established cultural forms. Having as a departure point the use of conventional models of these types of constructions, RV searches to recreate spaces where the approached content is presented in an inverted and displaced manner with regards to the audience.

In the films “O Outro Lado do Uso” and “Floating Island” RV explores these concepts: in the first case, the daily activity of individuals leaving Starbucks coffee shop holding their beverages is documented by RV in identical terms to those utilized in the first incursions of ethnographic cinema, thus transforming this act into a strange and exotic event of some distant society. In “Floating Island,” RV makes use extensively of the same model of ethnographic framing, this time dwelling in the posthumous homonymous work of Robert Smithson. In this work, RV explores yet again the implications of authorship and social validation of an event years after the death of the author.

In the series “Start Series”, RV executes a set of photographs from the beginning of the film’s reel of educational movies from the collections of the “Los Angeles Unified School District.” Each photograph tries to establish a new relation between the different sets of movies.

It will also be presented a group of sculptures that constitute the content of the conference entitled “Models of Democracy.” This conference dwells on the different forms that the concept of democracy can inhabit, searching to create a space for reflection on themes such as globalization and hegemony.

Parallel to the works shown in this exhibition, it will be presented a program of conferences and film screenings. The conference “Growth and Culture” will take place January 18th. This conference derives from the homonymous book of Margaret Mead and Frances Cooke Macgregor with photographs by Gregory Bateson. In this study the authors examine Bali’s society departing from the analysis of 4.000 images chosen from 25.000 all shot between 1936 and 1939.

The work developed by RV employs the same ethnographic model, but instead of using a specific culture, RV collects data from the diverse places where he habitually circulates. In this event, 30 new slides that utilize the same denomination and graphic design employed in the original book will be shown. However, these slides reflect an update of the concept of representation and development of present-day society.

Lastly, the screening of “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” will be presented in two other parts in February 9th and February 23rd respectively. This consists in the projection of seventeen films in 16mm taken from the series “The Undersea World” reedited in short versions to be screened in schools.

Born in Loulé, RV presently lives in New York. He studied anthropology and visual arts in Lisbon and New York respectively. RV has showed in Galeria Luísa Strina, São Paulo, unitednationsplaza at e-flux, New York, and Art Statements, Art Basel 38 in Basel. His works are present in collections Helga de Alvear (Madrid), Museu de Serralves (Oporto), and Frac Ile-de-France/Le Plateau (Paris) as well as several private collections.

Ricardo Valentim together with the artist Pedro Barateiro, will present a joint project at the Galeria Pedro Cera booth, at Art 39 Basel, integrated in the Art Premiere sector.