11.12.2021 – 13.02.2022


Propelled by the capitalist economic system, which has a pervasive influence over all other social and cultural systems, the fear of failure is simultaneous to the desire for success. In this context, such dread of failing or of falling short of expectations has become one of humanity’s greatest impulses and the value of judgment we use to evaluate ourselves, serving as a measure that establishes social hierarchies. But the concepts of failure and success are never free from prerogatives: the idea of success is intrinsically linked to several structural factors—such as skin colour, gender, sexuality, etc.—and, above all, to fulfilling expected roles within these categories.
Failure, and learning from failure, plays an increasingly important role in artistic production. Between dissatisfaction, rejection, doubt, error, and experience, the idea of successively trying and failing can fuel speculative experimentation and conceptual creation. Assuming the premise of failure as a tool of counter-hegemonic resistance, this exhibition calls for a critique of static models of success and failure and questions their role in the construction of personal and everyday life. Yet, above all, expectation is not welcome here as we give way to failure and error, which inevitably generate the experience of being alive.
Alice dos Reis, Aliza Shvarts, Ana Hipólito, Carlota Bóia Neto, Catarina Real, Daniela Ângelo, Elisa Azevedo, Gisela Casimiro, Hilda de Paulo, Jota Mombaça, Odete and Xavier Paes.

Curated by:
Marta Espiridião

Erro 417: Expectativa Falhada 
is the second winner of the Expo’98 in Porto competition, which awarded two grants for the presentation of two exhibitions in the Galeria Municipal do Porto. Selected by a jury external to the GMP’s team, consisting of Daniela Agostinho, Miguel Ferrão and Nuno Faria, this will be the second exhibition presented in the framework of the competition, whose total budget is €98,000.

Photography: Dinis Santos
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