La Casa Encendida presents Lua Cão, featuring works by Portuguese artists Alexandre Estrela and João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva. Curated by Natxo Checa, the show is a film-based experimental exercise that offers an immersive experience.
Lua Cão is an experimental exercise derived from the intersection of works by Alexandre Estrela and João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Pavia, originally presented at an old sawmill by Galeria Zé dos Bois. The exhibition curated by Natxo Checa consists of twenty moving-image pieces: videos by Alexandre Estela and 16mm films by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva. Presented in this former industrial area, these works were not only shown on screens or similar media but also formed a constellation of pieces that were activated at different moments during the visit. Thanks to this configuration, Lua Cão is presented as a performative film production rooted in a mechanical vision, which rejects conventional perspective in favour of an immersive, panoptic experience.
The collision of two worlds—the universes of Alexandre Estrela and João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva—produces non-linear, empathetic, randomly synchronised narratives which, in a shared manner, focus the viewer’s attention on empty spaces through the materialisation and objectification of the image, the alignment of the pieces or the intervals created by the sequences.
The curator and the Portuguese artists have had a close relationship for over two decades, ever since they decided to travel together to different locations across the globe. Those journeys became experimental exercises for collecting shared experiences at each stop along the way, and this exhibition is therefore a product of that personal collaboration.