Azar Alsharif and Pedro Henriques - GOLDEN GRAIN, SYNTAX

Installation view, Golden Grain, Syntax

Installation view, Golden Grain, Syntax

Installation view, Golden Grain, Syntax

Installation view, Golden Grain, Syntax

Installation view, Golden Grain, Syntax

Installation view, Golden Grain, Syntax

Azar Alsharif, Untitled, 2013 

Azar Alsharif, Untitled, 2013 

Pedro Henriques, Sharking, 2017 

Pedro Henriques, Sharking, 2017 

Installation view, Golden Grain, Syntax

Installation view, Golden Grain, Syntax

Installation view, Golden Grain, Syntax

Installation view, Golden Grain, Syntax

Pedro Henriques, Untitled, Precise Parts, 2015 

Pedro Henriques, Untitled, Precise Parts, 2015 

We find ourselves ingrained in a realm of abstracted representations. A tangible reality as we once knew it, has been rendered obsolete. It has shifted towards a virtual comprehension of our surrounding; it has been altered into a landscape, which has been gradually virtualised and post produced into supposedly real images of who we are and what we might, or already have become. The world’s surface has been covered by layers of such images ? flickering, illuminated and continuously circulating similes that now appear to be the world’s exterior coat. Reality was lost in the digital and the dj’d archive of its past, as has the idea of the authentic image, object or the remix of a true self. Contemporary representations of the real today, are representations of the equally non-real archival families of older and the already post produced depictions of initial objects/subjects, fabricated from the many times appropriated and the virtual, the reality of which, is now no longer at stake. “The tools of postproduction here are not made at achieving a representation of reality. They have become means of creating images and a world in their wake.”

Deep under the surface these images however still exist. Although archaic in form and in the singularity of their content, they now only endure as preconditions for their later becoming and transfigurations. Some have become new representations or backdrops, others have become victims of their own reconfiguration and translation, resulting in new hybridised settings or into three dimensional materialisations. It might feel dated. After all it is an exhibition of images, of representations and of small realities, the misplacement, replacement and transformation of which however, serves us as a tool, allowing us to question contemporary principles of representation, the abstraction of appearance and the speed of disappearance.

Curated by Markéta Stará Condeixa.
Photos by Bruno Lopes. 

Azar Alsharif and Pedro Henriques - Golden Grain
Syntax, July 7 - September 23
www.syntaxproject.org