MAISMENOS - O PRINCÍPIO DO FIM, UNDERDOGS GALLERY

 Installation view, MaisMenos,  O Princípio do Fim , Underdogs Gallery

Installation view, MaisMenos, O Princípio do Fim, Underdogs Gallery

 Installation view, MaisMenos,  O Princípio do Fim , Underdogs Gallery

Installation view, MaisMenos, O Princípio do Fim, Underdogs Gallery

 Installation view, MaisMenos,  O Princípio do Fim , Underdogs Gallery

Installation view, MaisMenos, O Princípio do Fim, Underdogs Gallery

 Installation view, MaisMenos,  O Princípio do Fim , Underdogs Gallery

Installation view, MaisMenos, O Princípio do Fim, Underdogs Gallery

 Installation view, MaisMenos,  O Princípio do Fim , Underdogs Gallery

Installation view, MaisMenos, O Princípio do Fim, Underdogs Gallery

 Installation view, MaisMenos,  O Princípio do Fim , Underdogs Gallery

Installation view, MaisMenos, O Princípio do Fim, Underdogs Gallery

 Installation view, MaisMenos,  O Princípio do Fim , Underdogs Gallery

Installation view, MaisMenos, O Princípio do Fim, Underdogs Gallery

 Installation view, MaisMenos,  O Princípio do Fim , Underdogs Gallery

Installation view, MaisMenos, O Princípio do Fim, Underdogs Gallery

O Princípio do Fim* is presented as a confronting reflection, a territorial composition that exposes to the viewer a contemporary world – libertarian, egalitarian, fraternal – in full upheaval. A vision which is not dystopian but real, an engaged critical analysis in face of the brutalisation of a supposedly democratic, humanitarian and affluent present viewed from a near future. An enactment that confronts us rationally and emotionally with the asymmetries, abuses and hypocrisies manifested in prosperous contemporary societies.

Creating an elaborate game of material and immaterial transpositions based on their shock-vale, MaisMenos highlights the valorisation of the human condition in its consecrated principles that give shape to progressive societies and, in particular, to the European model. This beginning of the end thus juxtaposes concepts that were once clear but are now divisive such as tolerance, equity, citizenship, legality, human rights, territorial borders, migration, hospitality, and integration, with the violence of the policies of exclusion, the apathy, the insensitivity, the suspicion, the indifference in face of the abuse, discrimination and brutality, both institutional and social, that inflame the debilitating contradictions present in our cozy reality.
 
*(The title contains a play on the Portuguese word “princípio” that can mean both “beginning” and “principle”. It can thus be interpreted as both The Beginning of the End and the End Principle.)

Photography by Bruno Lopes.

MaisMenos - O Princípio do Fim
Underdogs Gallery, November 7 - December 23
www.under-dogs.net