Madragoa presents in its booth at LISTE a dialogue between two new especially commissioned installations by Rodrigo Hernández and Luís Lázaro Matos.
Rodrigo Hernández’s practice deals in general with processes of reduction and simplifications in the art-making, both content-wise and in its processes. The works show a very strong connection to the hand-made and a research on basic, simple materials, while the conceptual processes that are behind the pieces are often rooted in questions about the world around us and the use of a mix of references that span from history of art to the visualization of ideas that deal with fundamental human-constructed concepts (the idea of time, for example, or the concept of human being itself).
Rodrigo Hernández presented last September a solo exhibition at the Heidelberger Kunstverein and was included in the last FEMSA Biennial in Monterrey and in the last Moscow Biennial.
Luís Lázaro Matos’ artistic practice is rooted in drawing, a medium that allowed him to develop ideas and represent them in the same way architects and fashion designers would sketch and formulate their visions. His works touch issues over identity, architecture, social life, and his projects are often dealing with narratives embedded in specific places, traslated through a very ironic lens: for example, for his solo exhibition in Kunsthalle Lissabon in 2015, Luís Lázaro Matos researched over the only wild population of monkeys left in Europe, in Gibraltar, and the tradition that says that until the monkeys will live on the cape, Gibraltar will remain English.
He has been recently awarded with a production prize from Mecenés du Sud for the research and realization of a specific project in the south of France, and he has been selected by MAAT (Museo de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia, Lisbon) for Artists’ Film International 2017.