Over the last five decades, Pestana has built up singular work as a visual artist, poet and performer. First associated with a group of experimental poets in the 1960s, Pestana went on to become a pioneer of performance and video art in Portugal, whose under recognized work has presciently addressed the connections between technology and art — from early computing, to virtually reality and drones.
To accompany the exhibition, Serralves will publish a fully illustrated catalogue with new commissioned essays. António Preto offers a crucial insight on the influence of experimental poetry in Pestana’s work, Verónica Metello gives an overview of the artist’s career and Adam Kleinman adds a fresh perception around Pestana’s works in relation to today’s technologies and their social effects. The book also features a conversation with the artist conducted by curator João Ribas and artist Mauro Cerqueira that sheds light on Pestana’s influences and processes.
Sprache: Englisch und Portugisisch