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Compulsive Desires
Compulsive Desires — The Extraction of Lithium and Rebellious Mountains addresses the entanglement between extractivism and exhaustion, productivity and burn-out, across scales. Curated by Marina Otero Verzier, the exhibition takes as its starting point the ongoing lithium extraction plans in the North of Portugal and the struggles sustained by local communities for their lives and rights. Battles that emphasize how, in what has been described as "green colonialism", the development of the "renewable energy futures", too often involves the dispossession of communities and degradation of ecosystems.
Whereas the mining industry — and capitalism cravings — subjugates and exploits the mountain and its inhabitants treating them as resources to be extracted, the violence is turned into a force for survival for these communities through collective infrastructures and embodied rituals. If mining results in social, ecological, and mental breakdown, these practices, alongside artistic expressions, break social order to create counter worlds merging the individual and the collective, the ancestral realm and future generations, the human and more-than-human, and unleashing alternative understanding of energy.
Amável Antão, Anastasia Kubrak, Carlos Irijalba, Giuliana Rosso, Grupo de Investigação Territorial (Antonio del Giudice, Godofredo Enes Pereira, Jacob Bolton, Mingxin Li, Tiago Patatas), Heitor Cramez, Isidro Rodrigues, Jonas Staal & Radha D’Souza, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Lara Almarcegui, Leanne Wijnsma, Lithium Triangle Research Studio + Nicolas Jaar, Maarten Vanden Eynde & Edmond Musasa, Medios Libres con la Gira Zapatista, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Natalia de la Rubia Kozlowska, Orlando Vieira Francisco, Povo de Covas do Barroso & Paulo Carneiro, Susana Caló, Susana Soares Pinto, Tanguy Pitavy, Tomás Saraceno & Aerocene Foundation.

Graphic Design por Joana Pestana
Exhibition design by D_P_S (Diogo Passarinho, Gonçalo Reynolds)

March 25th, at 5pm

Compulsive Desires - Talk

The opening day includes a first screening of the film Montanha Invertida, present in the exhibition, followed by an open debate on the effects of the mining projects planned for Northern Portugal. 
Moderated by curator Marina Otero Verzier, it will feature Cheila Colaço Rodrigues, representing the association XR and Minas Não and the collective G.I.T. - Grupo de Investigação Territorial, responsible for the production of the film.
Free entry.

Poet and intersectional activist, Cheila Colaço Rodrigues integrates the association Extinction Rebellion Portugal XR and Minas Não. She has been developing a work of mediation and empowerment of communities for self-management, in associations such as Teatro Comunitário and Cantares do Gerês.
The Grupo de Investigação Territorial (G.I.T.) [Territorial Investigation Group] is formed by architects and researchers who study and demonstrate the implications of the lithium extraction plans underway in northern Portugal and which directly affect the territory of Covas do Barroso and the communities living there. The collective is formed by Antonio del Giudice, Godofredo Enes Pereira, Jacob Bolton, Mingxin Li and Tiago Patatas.

March 25th, at 7pm

Psych Op Pump

The installation Psych Op Pump, created by artist, composer and director Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, transforms the gallery space into an inverted mountain, creating an illusion of a bottomless lake in a high toxicity environment. 
On the opening day the piece will be activated through the performance of poet and performer Igor Borovsky, with whom Saldanha has been collaborating since 2014.
Free entry.

On the border between sound and visual arts, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha investigates the areas of intersection between artistic territories, exploring tensions between the synthetic and the landscape. His work has been presented in various programming contexts such as Centro Cultural de Belém, Palais de Tokyo, Culturgest and Teatro Municipal do Porto, or festivals such as Unsound, Le Guess Who?, Sónar or Primavera Sound.

March 25th, starting from 10am

Compulsive Desires - Opening


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