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JOSÉ BARRIAS (1944-2020). IN BETWEEN QUIETUDE AND DISQUIET.

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Back in 2011, José Barrias integrated the jury of LEFFEST, then known as Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival. Author of an artistic practice where various languages crisscross (the languages of drawing, of painting, of photography, of installation, of “assemblage”), Barrias was the expression of the very intersection that characterized the festival from the beginning.

Another consistent trait of his work, which moved between the Portuguese and the Italian cultures (he was born in Lisbon, the city which legend has it was founded by Ulysses, lived in Porto, where he studied at Faculty of Fine Arts, went to Paris in 1967, fleeing from the Colonial War, and would soon move to Milan, where he still lived almost fifty years later), between the classic and the contemporary, was found in its literary dimension. By coincidence, in the very year we welcomed him at LEFFEST, besides the musician Gidon Kramer, the jury of the festival was essentially made up by prominent writers: the Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee, Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, and Siri Hustvedt. The 2011 edition further welcomed Peter Handke and Yasmina Reza as guests.

Three years later, at the opening of the exhibition “Inside Oustide”, at Plataforma Revólver in Lisbon, he told Arte Capital magazine: “[what I find essential in the development of my work] is above all something which I can’t define and seems to emerge in the space of the piece offering it time to grow, against the painful insistence of all things lost and in favor of the healthy curiosity for all things found”.

It is this sort of curiosity for the things to be found that moves us, “In Itinere”. Thank you, José Barrias.
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