Museu da Água
23 April- 29 May, 2008
Camões des del Mediterrani / Camões from the Mediterranean
Museu da Água.
Reservatório da Patriarcal. Largo do Príncipe Real.
Guided by the great adventurous poet Camões, with this traveling exhibition, Lourdes Fisa is starting a journey in pursuit of the atemporal space where visual arts and poetry meet. Since her works travel around diverse places and converge with various publics, they evolve and enrich her thoughts.
After showing her work in Luxembourg, Lourdes Fisa follows her route and faces the challenge of conveying a Mediterranean view of the great Portuguese epic poet in an emblematic setting where even Escher himself would get lost: the Reservatório da Patriarcal, which used to be the great water tank of Lisbon. This unique location challenged the art-adventurer Lourdes Fisa to adapt her work to a water, light and sound environment almost impossible to find elsewhere, and to go beyond the horizon as the navigating poet to open new doors for her creativity.
Images by Lourdes Fisa and Francesc Rubí. Montage : Francesc Rubí. Duration 2:18
Lourdes Fisa has brought to Lisbon a provocation so as to contribute to the merging of two close but at the same time distant cultures.
She suggests an ocean of thoughts, matter and objects to explore new routes while playing with colors, textures, space, transparencies. She creates a network of relations, a new emotional cartography that broadens like a cobweb as ideas converge and dialogue let us discover what we share. Now it’s the Portuguese public’s turn to respond to provocation and discover new ways to recognize themselves within Catalan miscegenation, which has enormously contributed to universal culture. Lourdes Fisa wants to gather all their messages and take them to Catalonia, to Manresa, back home to exhibit all the immaterial treasures she collects along her journey…
President of the Catalan Center of Luxembourg
(…) Inspired by Camões’s poetry, Lourdes Fisa sails across an ocean of thoughts, pictures and matter in order to explore new ways of creation by playing with space, colors, textures and transparencies. She creates networks of relations, a new emotional cartography that broadens like a cobweb as ideas converge and dialogue let us discover what we share with other cultures.
(….) The journey as a discovery unleashes a poetic rhythm in pictures, as Camões gave a pictorial rhythm to his poems… Taints, stains, the footprints we leave while following a track yet to see that will unexpectedly become a taint.
(…) Every human being has a Great Work to do.
It is said that Camões invited some friends to dinner and, as he lived in the harshest poverty, he served them poetry.
Lourdes Fisa offers us the delight of her painting that revisits Camões and takes us back to the banquet and tasting of poetic art. I express my gratitude to Lourdes Fisa for bringing us the light of the Mediterranean, and for her pure art which makes this journey resemble an epic flight on a man and his work that is part of mankind (…)
Margarida Ruas Gil Costa
Manager of the Museu da Agua of Lisbon