Lisboa, Portugal, 1999
Curation of the Objectos Comunicantes exhibition, part of the EXD’99 programme.
The first edition of the EXD Biennale, in 1999, brought together over 150 national and international participants to Lisbon. One of the Biennale’s main events was the Objectos Comunicantes exhibition, presented at Convento do Beato between September 13 and October 5.
The exhibition’s theme, proposed and explored by Guta Moura Guedes, focused on the symbolic and semiotic components that can be found in some artifacts, due to their communication capacity and potential for applicability in scenographic narratives, whether in film, video or theatre.
Each of the invited artists picked a movie, from which they selected an object considered crucial to the film’s narrative, and then reinterpreted and reenacted it on an installation.
With an exhibition design by Pedro Gadanho, Objectos Comunicantes presented work by set designer António Lagarto, film director João Botelho, stage directors João Brites and João Garcia Miguel, architects João Mendes Ribeiro, Manuel Graça Dias (1953-2019) and Egas José Vieira, and painter, costume designer and set designer Vera Castro (1947-2010).