Portuguese Contemporary Video Art – About a selection
One might think that in this year 2021 there would have been an increase in the number of “confinement works”. However, this category is, at first sight, totally absent in the works we present in this program. At first glance, because if we look at them again, if confinement is not a subject, the themes chosen are often connected with the relationship with the world, with the environment, themes that the Covid-19 pandemic has made more significant and more distressing than ever.
With rare exceptions, the humour is absent (or almost) from this subjective panorama that FUSO brings to our fruition. The same applies to the purely formal research, as if the state of the world pushed the creators (of all generations, it should be noted, from the age of 20 to 60) to a certain urgency, to a certain immediacy.
It is, therefore, to pay attention to the manufacture of images and sometimes to the possible recycling of them that these artists invite us. As German video artist Hito Steyerl recently said, “there are already so many images that there is often no need to make new ones. Many of the images produced today are unnecessary.