Contemporary art from more than 90 national and international artists compose Them or Us!, an exhibition of political and social science fiction, in which the future intersects with the past, originating the present and which is guided by the maxim of Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, according to whom “in history, we talk about what happened, in art, we talk about what might have happened”.
Curated by Paulo Mendes, the exhibition relates past and future to present a version of the present, based on the multiplicity of works from various artists from different areas and ideas that were just taken as a definition of the present: an era of free movement, abolition of frontiers, and elimination of walls. Social equilibrium is guaranteed by the triumph of a society based on consumerism and speculative wealth, and that this is the end of history. Them or Us! presents a conceptual machine which uses the idea of the “invader” in its various possible formulations, the creation of fear of “the other” - resulting from invasion of national territories by refugees, terrorists or tourists, and biological invasions via new viruses, contaminations, and contemporary mutations that are altering the original, primitive body.
Designed and Curated by:
Joana Pestana, Paulo Mendes
Museu Militar do Porto, Regimento de Transmissões do Porto, Museu de Anatomia, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Museu da Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Alberto García-Alix, Alexandra Moura, André Alves, André Cepeda, André Trindade, Andres Serrano, Angela Bulloch, Ângela Ferreira, Antoni Muntadas, António Areal, António Caramelo, António Júlio Duarte, António Melo, António Olaio, António Palolo, Arlindo Silva, Axel Stockburger, Carlos Correia, Cory Arcangel, Christian Andersson, Christian Boltanski, Christopher Williams, Cristina Mateus, Daniel Barroca, Didier Fiúza Faustino, Eduardo Batarda, Eduardo Matos, Erwin Wurm, Estelita Mendonça, Fernando Brito, Fernando Brízio, Fernando José Pereira, Fernando J. Ribeiro, Filipa César, Francisco Queirós, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Haim Steinbach, Horácio Frutuoso, Hugo Canoilas, Hugo de Almeida Pinho, Ignasi Aballí, Igor Jesus, Jérémy Pajeanc, João Biscainho, João Ferro Martins, João Maria Gusmão e Pedro Paiva, João Marçal, João Onofre, João Pina, John Baldessari, Jonathan Monk, Jorge Molder, Jorge Lourenço, José Almeida Pereira, Juan Araújo, Julião Sarmento, Lara Torres, Lawrence Weiner, Leonor Antunes, Luís Paulo Costa, Mafalda Santos, Manuel Santos Maia, Maria Trabulo, Max Frey, Miguel Palma, Miguel Soares, Mike Kelley, Nikolai Nekh, Norman McLaren, Nuno Pimenta, Nuno Ramalho, Patrícia Almeida, Paulo T. Silva, Pedro Tudela, Pierre Candide, Renato Ferrão, Rita Castro Neves, Rodrigo Oliveira, Rogério Ribeiro, Rogelio López Cuenca, Rosa Ramalho, Rosângela Rennó, Rui Manuel Vieira, Rui Toscano, Ryan Gander, Stefan Brüggemann, Taryn Simon, Tiago Alexandre, Tito Mouraz, Von Calhau, Yonamine.