In this piece Vera Mantero addresses the work of the Portuguese theoretical and multidisciplinary artist Ernesto de Sousa (1921-1988). Between 1966-1968 he carried out a vast photographic study and survey on Portuguese folk sculpture and, as other artists of his time, explored the possibility of “another art history” or even an “anti-art”. Later on De Sousa, who already had had a brief career as a film director, swerves towards avant-garde and experimental art as an artist, curator and theorist, becoming very close to the Fluxus movement and to artists such as Wolf Vostell, Robert Filliou, George Maciunas or Joseph Beyus. Departing from images, actions, objects and text, Mantero’s piece summons at the same time Ernesto de Sousa’s research on film, folk art and experimental art. In this way it attempts a renewal of the mixed media and of the links between folk art and academic art that De Sousa proposed.
The Propitiatory Practices of Future Events is based upon a proposal by Paula Pinto, art historian and researcher at the Ernesto de Sousa photographic archive on folk art.
Co-creation and Performance
Sound Design / Objects
Light Design and Technical Direction
* Research based on the exhibition ERNESTO DE SOUSA (1921-1988): “THE RIGHT HAND DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THE LEFT HAND IS DOING...” curated by Paula Pinto for the XIX International Biennial of Cerveira Art (2017).