Frontal Sphinx


Frontal Sphinx2023
Development of a collective exhibition at Mendes Wood DM, bringing together a comprehensive selection of works in different media and from artists of diverse origins and generations. The exhibition reflects how universal mysteries are updated under contemporary impulses, creating an exhibition design that encompassed the entire gallery space. The exhibition began with the enigmatic hybridism of the sphinx — half human, half beast — as a synthesis of vital paradoxes, embracing the inexorable problems of current ecological conditions to discuss paradigmatic changes and constant transfigurations towards a radical indescribability. The exhibition also included an intense program of performances and unfolded into a publication with curatorial texts, presentation of the artists and their works, and the visual references that underpinned the project's research.

Implemented by
Mendes Wood DM

Project by
Gernano Dushá, Matheus Yehudi, Pedro Mendes

Adriano Costa, Alma Allen, Anna Uddenberg, Antonio Obá, Arthur Diehl, Astrit Ismaili, Berenice Olmedo, Botond Keresztesi, Candice Lin, Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro, CRISE, Davi Pontes & Wallace Ferreira, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Eva Fàbregas, Franco Palioff, Guan Xiao, Iara Izidoro, James Lee Byars, Jill Mulleady, Joana Escoval, Joanna Piotrowska, Jonas Van, João Pimenta Gomes, Juliana Frontin, Lucas Arruda, Luana Vitra, Luiz Roque, Lynn Randolph, Marina Dalgalarrondo, Marina Perez Simão, Michael Dean, Miho Dohi, Nina Canell, Patricia Ayres, Patricia Leite, Paulo Monteiro, Paulo Nimer Pjota, Sam Windett, Samuel Guerrero, Solange Pessoa, Sonia Gomes, TIERRA MEMORIA, Unknown/Anônimos, Ventura Profana, Vera Mota, Veronika Hapchenko, Young Boy Dancing Group, Zsófia Keresztes

Conception, curating, and editorial coordination
Germano Dushá

Exhibition design
Alberto Rheingantz

Graphic design
Raul Luna

Graphic design assistance
Christian Proença

Installation views
Gui Gomes

Performance shots
Bruno Leão

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