Celebrate Europe's Day
Europe Day celebrates the signature of the 'Schuman Declaration' on May 9, 1950. An ambitious plan to ensure long-term peace in postwar Europe that is considered the beginning of what the European Union is today. The importance of working for peace in Europe is even more evident when we highlight our unity and solidarity with Ukraine. In May, EU institutions invite people to a wide range of online and face-to-face activities in all EU Member States, as well as at the headquarters of the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. As the European Youth Year of 2022 highlights young people in Europe and with the voices of citizens amplified by the conference on the future of Europe, there has never been a better time to meet, discuss the challenges we all face and create a better future for Europe that works for everyone. Explore artists who have been transforming the European artistic paradigm recently.
Ana Aragão The P55.Art was united in a solidarity project towards the Ukrainian people. The artist Ana Aragão created a limited series of prints, based on the work “a Dream We Dream Together ”, in order to support the Ukrainian people. This series is constituted for 150 copies, signed and numbered, all finished by hand by the author (pencil color). “Dream We Dream Together” Ana Aragão was for sale at P55.Art by value of € 250.00 and the revenues reversed in full to three institutions that help families affected by conflicts. About this project the artist states: “Part of my work is to imagine what I do not know, the other part, to build utopias/dystopias. This is the time to build Utopias. The utopia of a threat -free territory, where the colorful “Comfort Town” neighborhood becomes the base of the luminous cathedral of Santa Sofia, the first monument Ukrainian to enter the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is an image of light and of peace, a manifesto for the angry resistance of all those who cannot conform before human tragedies. That all who run away can find a New "Comfort Town." Associations ask support to be able to directly help children abandoned and adoptive families in Ukraine, stating that “no child must Fall and wake up with fear of your own life! » The Portuguese artist Ana Aragão is dedicated exclusively to the drawing, exploring the theme of urban imaginary and paper architecture. Some of your projects recently include participation in Portuguese representation in the 2014 edition of the Biennial of Venice, participation in the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Biennial 2021 and the exhibition “NO Plan for Japan "at the East Museum, Lisbon. The project has the support of Lumen Studio and Design, Porto, and Spiralpack.
“Lighted Jelly Fish” Bordalo II It was on display at the Europa Building, in Brussels the work "intends to reflect the artist's concerns about the pollution of the oceans," according to a statement from the Portuguese presidency. “It addresses the theme of waste production, waste, pollution and its harmful effects on the planet. Nature is represented using what destroys it: end -of -life materials, found on vacant lots, in abandoned factories or directly obtained from companies that need to get rid of them. The giant sculptural animals of Bordalo II They force us to face our consumption habits from an entirely new look. And it is precisely this look that should guide us towards one of the priorities of the presidency of the EU council: a truly ecological green Europe ” Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (1987), known as Bordalo II, it was famous for using streets trash to create stunning animal sculptures, with the purpose of warning people about pollution and all types of species that are endangered. From the street art he developed his practice, evolving to what is now considered as 'trash art'. The passion for painting dates back to childhood, when he spent hours in the end to watch his grandfather painting in his studio and also due to the underworld of the city of Lisbon-strongly influenced at the time by graffiti practices. He started painting walls with spray on the streets at the age of 11, with the stage name Bordalo II, in honor and highlight to the artistic legacy of its grandfather Artur Real Bordalo (1925-2017). In the painting course at the Lisbon Academy of Fine Arts, he discovered the sculpture, the ceramics and began to experience the most diverse materials. Since 2012, Artur Bordalo has created about two hundred animals sculptures using over 60 tons of reused materials. The previously abandoned objects - the plates, the tires, the doors - in the hands of Bordalo II acquire an aesthetic and communicative function in animal format. The Portuguese artist wants to represent in his works an image of nature, from what destroys them - waste, waste and pollution, clearly expressing a critique of consumerism and offering a sustainability solution. His "Big Trash Animals" facilities, scattered throughout the public or museum-world-gaps on the need for socio-ecological sustainability. In the streets of his hometown, a series of works, "Proviative" and "Train Tracks", interact with fabric and urban furniture, presenting a new critical look at society, its stakeholders and conditioners. These small ephemeral interventions seek to be a vehicle of communication and awareness through art, thus addressing various topics, such as pollution, exploitation of women, media sensationalism, connectivity and control, among others.
Marina Abramović was a pioneer in performance art, continually influencing artists, especially about works that challenge the boundaries of the body. In 1975, Abramović met German artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen - known as Ulay, and start an artistically collaborator for twelve years. They traveled around Europe in a van, lived with Australian Aborigines, spent some time in the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of India and traveled through the deserts of Sahara, Thar and Gobi. When Abramović and Ulay decided to end their artistic collaboration and personal relationship in 1988, they embarked on a play called The Lovers; Each began at a different end of China's great wall and walked for three months until they were in the middle and said goodbye. In 2012, Marina Abramović created the Institute for Preservation of Performance Art in Hudson, New York. This non -profit organization supports the teaching, preservation and financing of Performance Art, ensuring a lasting legacy for its performances and, more widely, to the very form of ephemeral art. About this institute, Abramović said, "Performance is fleeting. But this, this place, this is for time. This is what I will leave behind."
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Christo's initial education in Soviet socialist realism, and his experience as a refugee of the political revolution was his sources of inspiration. In his 35-year collaboration with his wife and colleague artist Jeanne-Claude, stand out the large-scale facilities, one of the greatest achievements of initial site-specific art. The outdoor work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude are considered some of the most ambitious and innovative in the world, although they are often controversial due to their size and impact on the environment. To deal with these controversies, the artists conducted complete environmental impact studies and recycled all the materials they expressly manufactured. The aesthetic impact is the value that Christo and Jeanne-Claude emphasized how the most important aspect that their works exceed the limits of the convention and will categorize art, in particular the notion of sculpture as a fixed and permanent object. The couple's efforts were recognized by filmmakers and photographers, and a 1973 documentary about this duo was nominated for an Oscar. In 2004, they won the contemporary sculpture award and, in 2006, received the best project in public space by The Gates, as well as the Vilcek de Fine Arts award for foreigners who work abroad.
Even more than individual artists who may have been influenced by their aesthetic or political intentions, Pussy Riot's most lasting legacy has been the new global interest in Russian activist art, as well as the political situation within the county. In this sense, the Pussy Riot were incredibly successful, mobilizing a vast army of supporters about the injustices that happen in Russia. Many other artists, even where some would be more accurately described as contemporaries than influenced by the group, benefited from this new consciousness and interest.In 2017, they held an Art Riot exhibition: Post-Soviet Actionism, where the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution of Russia was celebrated, with Russian and Ukrainian protest art display, produced in the last 25 years. Under the strict regime of the current Russian government, any form of opposition art can be almost impossible to create! Pussy Riot's works, assumes the form of photographs, videos and performances, parodies the Russian political powers through humor and grotesque - one of his latest iterations shows Trump and Putin standing on Kim Jong -un, who kneels of four. The most widespread cultural aspects influenced by Pussy Riot is the resurgence of feminist punk music made by young women in a global context.