a remote whisper

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Pedro Cabrita Reis’ has prepared an all-over intervention as his contribution to the Collateral Events of the 55th Venice Art Biennale with the title “A remote whisper” which encompasses all rooms of the 700 sqm exhibition area on the “piano nobile” of Palazzo Falier.

“A remote whisper” flows through the rooms, embracing the walls, doorways and floors with aluminium tubes, florescent lights and cables which are drawings in space. It is a semi-precarious, hand-made, almost architectural construction which integrates fragments coming from his studio like parts of earlier works abandoned by him, documentary material, photos as well as drawings and paintings next to flotsam and jetsam found in the city.

The artist tends not to establish particular distinctions between exhibiting and working spaces and this is also the case of this project in Venice. A significant number of his works have been or, are being done, “in situ”. Thus, they embody in the actual process of making art, a lingering presence of several paths crossing, like reminiscences and seemingly banal, vernacular experiences; an aleatoric conception of hazard or of intellectual ‘rigueur’ and visual or literary randomness, suggesting that each work proposes to us an ongoing ‘inventory’ of the world and simultaneously a model for its perception. This rather personal and intricate method of ‘construction’, a characteristic of Cabrita’s artistic language is the prevailing approach for his exhibition at Palazzo Falier, a conversation with a space to live in.

Sabrina van der Ley
Oslo, 8. March 2013

Sabrina van der Ley and Pedro Cabrita Reis, a remote whisper – Palazzo Falier, Venice. Official Collateral Event of the 55th Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. May 2013. Video by Enrico Stocco © My Art Guides

Pedro Cabrita Reis


Born in Lisbon in 1956, Pedro Cabrita Reis is one of the leading Portuguese artists of his generation. He has exhibited widely and participated in numerous international exhibitions, including documenta IX in 1992; in 2003 he represented Portugal at the Venice Biennale and in 2009 he participated in the 10th Lyon Biennale with two large works. In 2009-2010, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Musée Carré d’Art in Nîmes, Museum M in Leuven and the Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon presented the most comprehensive retrospective of the artist to date.


Selection of installation views

A remote whisper
Mixed media
Variable dimensions
Photos by: João Ferrand
© 2013 PCR Studio