JOÃO PAULO SERAFIM - COSMOS, GALERIA BAGINSKI

Installation view, COSMOS _ about Art, Science and Optics, Galeria Baginski

Installation view, COSMOS _ about Art, Science and Optics, Galeria Baginski

Installation view, COSMOS _ about Art, Science and Optics, Galeria Baginski

Installation view, COSMOS _ about Art, Science and Optics, Galeria Baginski

Installation view, COSMOS _ about Art, Science and Optics, Galeria Baginski

Installation view, COSMOS _ about Art, Science and Optics, Galeria Baginski

COSMOS _ about Art, Science and Optics is João Paulo Serafim's current exhibition at Galeria Baginski in Lisbon. This project is based on illustrated magazines from the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century that intended to promote the scientific knowledge of that period, by making it accessible to the general public. The MIIAC, which has in its library some of these magazines of wide circulation, published all over the world, proposes to work from its archives in order to construct new realities, revisiting some of the scientific subjects, but working as well the fictional quality that these materials may carry. The main subject-matter of the work will be optics, which João Paulo Serafim works intrinsically, as an author that always used photography in his artistic path. In this installation, the artist suggests a reflection on the phenomenon of perception and formation of image, exploring subjects from Astronomy and Physics, to visualization devices related to images from the nineteenth century. One of the features of these magazines was their playful approach to those subjects, resorting to scientific experiments, games and tricks of illusionism. It is in this undefined zone that the author intends to place himself, with a work about the scientific discourse and the archive, moreover offering a view on the artistic discourse, an encyclopedic glimpse of a certain age. From nowadays and from the past…

João Paulo Serafim - COSMOS _ about Art, Science and Optics
Galeria Baginski/Projectos, February 4 - March 28