Journalism and content: Julia Flamingo. Art direction, editing and video assembly: Sofia Saleme. Produced by Bigorna
Silence in pieces is a collective exhibition curated by the MA and PhD students in Culture Studies of The Lisbon Consortium, Faculdade de Ciências Humanas, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Organised in the frame of the seminar in Curatorship, coordinated by Luísa Santos, the exhibition counts on works by four contemporary artists - Ana Vidigal; Eliyah Mesayer; Katharina Lackner; and Tatiana Macedo.
Starting from the idea of the politics of power, Silence in pieces evolves around concepts and challenges which humanity is currently facing. During the discussions over the semester, among artists and curators, silence emerged in its conflictual relationship with power, and, in this conflict, it became the protagonist. In all the four works - the chapters of the exhibition's narrative(s) - what we see, and listen is not silence but it's impossibility.
In such a process, we became aware of stories that are silenced, micro-narratives that remain to be told and that make as much of the History as the grand-narratives that are recognized and taken as truth. The beauty of these acts of storytelling resides, more than in the idea of silence as repression, on the perception of silence as a powerful tool of resistance.