Histories of Violence: a dialogue between the works from the Treger/Saint Silvestre Collection
Curator: Gustavo Giacosa
14 April – 14 October 2018
Núcleo de Arte da Oliva
Histories of Violence investigates the question of destructiveness inherent to human beings. How does it happen that the violence is present in humans and what are its origins? How does art use these destructive impulses? In a very broad understanding of violence that does not focus either on a specific historic period or geographical zone, the exhibition presents a route constituted of seven separate moments. The artworks chosen by the curator Gustavo Giacosa come from various categories (Art Brut/Singular Art/Contemporary Art) as well as from different techniques and modes of representation. Among over 50 artists presented are the grand classics of Art Brut, such as Henry Darger, Friedrich Schröeder-Sonnenster or Franco Belucci and contemporary artists, like Robert Combas, Dado or Gonçalo Mabunda. Gustavo Giacosa is interested in ways in which the artists from the Treger/Saint Silvestre Collection speak to us of violence: of rivals, of confinement, of guns, of wars and victims, choosing evocative counterpoints that are close to poetry, to the imaginary and sometimes to humor. Some artists introduce a distance between the subject matter and the shape it takes. Others pursue a purely instinctive creative act. The exhibition, conceived as dialogue, has been enriched through loans of artworks from the collections of Norlinda and José Lima, Gustavo Giacosa and Fausto Ferraiuolo, La « S » Grand Atelier and Christian Berst Art Brut Gallery.