The exhibition “Pedro Costa: Company”, which brings together works by the Portuguese director in collaboration or intersection with works by other artists, such as Rui Chafes, Paulo Nozolino or Chantal Akerman, premieres Friday at the Serralves Museum in Oporto.
Patent until January 27, 2019, the show brings together not only the filmmaker’s collaborations with other authors but also “works by some artists who have been directly present in films” of the Portuguese filmmaker, together with “paintings, drawings and films that have accompanied his life and his work, “can be read in the presentation of the show.
With the architecture of José Neves and coordination of Filipa Loureiro and Marta Almeida, “Company” is inaugurated at 10:00 p.m. on Friday and, on Saturday at 9:30 p.m., there is a session that joins the films “O Nosso Homem” (2010) ‘Horse Money’ (2014).
Presented by Pedro Costa himself and the deputy director of the National Museum of Reina Sofia Art Center, João Fernandes, the short film ‘O Nosso Homem’ precedes the film that earned him the Golden Leopard for Best Performance at the Locarno Festival four years ago.
The exhibition includes various artistic expressions, from paintings to sculptures, drawings, books and other documents that dialogue with the cinematographic work of Lisbon. The guided visits, designed to fit the various references, include such names as Joaquim Manuel Caetano, Melissa Rodrigues or Marta Mateus.
Among the prominent names in the life and work of Pedro Costa are Pablo Picasso, Robert Bresson, António Reis, Jeff Wall or Jean-Luc Godard, with Chantal Akerman, Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet, Paulo Nozolino, and Rui Chafes as collaborators in patents at the exhibition.
Born in Lisbon in 1959, Costa studied History before becoming a movie star, making his feature film debut in 1989 with “O Sangue” five years before “Lava House” Cannes.
Admittedly confessed by António Reis, a professor at the School of Theater and Cinema in Lisbon, Costa was one of the first representatives of this institution, along with directors such as Teresa Villaverde, Manuel Mozos and Marco Martins.
‘Ossos’ (1997), ‘Quarto da Vanda’ (2000) and ‘Youth on the Move’ (2006) constitute a trilogy about the Fontainhas, which was edited in 2010 by the American Criterion Collection, which was followed by Ne Change Rien ‘(2009), documentary about the actress and French singer Jeanne Balibar.
On Sunday, “Casa de Lava” (1994), before “Juventude em Marcha”, will be shown at 9:30 p.m., with José Neves presenting the last of the trilogy, being “No Quarto da Vanda” October, with the critic and essayist António Guerreiro.
In addition to the sessions, Serralves also organizes several guided tours, inviting figures related to the work and the shows, such as curator Nuno Crespo, director João Dias, art historian Joaquim Manuel Caetano or sculptor Rui Chafes – the latter on December 1st, at the close of the program.
Next Sunday, a book about the filmmaker, authored by Carlos Melo Ferreira, in a partnership with the publishing company Afrontamento, will be presented at Livraria de Serralves, which presents itself as the “cartography of the work of a unique contemporary filmmaker”.
“Twenty-nine years after the mythical ‘O Sangue’, Afrontamento publishes an album that covers the three decades of life in the cinema, and not only, of Pedro Costa”, can be read in the presentation of the book, by the hand of Melo Ferreira, a film essayist and an assistant professor at the Porto Superior School of Art.