by André Romão
On the morning of August 11, Inês and I landed on a volcanic rock in the Atlantic to visit Lourdes Castro.
The air was much warmer than we expected.
Excited and nervous like little kids, we made our way past the ungated fence and past (what we were later told) camphor trees.
Through the door and down the stairs into the studio where books and drawings and dried plants and pillows and memories and things gather.
Open doors. Careful not to let the cats in!
Outside, green and blue in the not-so-distant distance.
A smile to light up a room.
* Here today
André Romão (Lisbon, 1984) is an artist living and working in Lisbon. In 2019, Hatje Cantz published the catalogue of his exhibition, entitled Fauna, at the Museu Coleção Berardo. In 2007 he was awarded with the EDP Foundation New Artists Award.
The exhibition Um oásis ao entardecer [An oasis at sunset] — a commemorative overview of the EDP Foundation awards’s last twenty years — is also a reaction to the current state of affairs. An unprecedented exhibition which brings together all the winning artists from the two awards, the New Artists Award and the Art Grand Prize, like Álvaro Lapa, Ana Jotta, André Romão, Artur Barrio, Carlos Bunga, Diana Policarpo, Gabriel Abrantes, Joana Vasconcelos, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Leonor Antunes, among others, curated by Inês Grosso and Rosa Lleó; with scenography by Diogo Passarinho Studio, and graphic design by Atlas Projectos.
All photos courtesy of André Romão and Inês Grosso.