New Exhibition: Circuit Gallery Presents Portuguese Photographer Paulo Catrica’s OPERA Project
Toronto, ON – May 4, 2010 — Circuit Gallery is pleased to present eleven large format photographic works from Paulo Catrica’s OPERA project. This is the Portuguese artist’s first solo exhibition in North America, and Circuit Gallery’s second exhibition at Böhmer.
In a series of exquisite pictures taken inside the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, the home of the Portuguese National Opera in Lisbon, Paulo Catrica allows us to look behind the scenes at the working spaces of this historical theatre.
Devoid of people or action, and deceptively straightforward, Catrica’s photographs seem, at first glance, to concern themselves with presenting the non-public (non-performance) spaces of this heritage building—offering us, as viewers, a privileged look at old theatre rigging, the workings of the clock featured on the main façade, the empty auditorium from the stage, the storage and rehearsal rooms, and so forth.
While presenting, indeed documenting, the interior of São Carlos in this way, Catrica’s photographs are less interested in these “backstage” spaces or the architecture as such, as they are in what has and is happening in them. Despite their objective “emptiness” the spaces Catrica presents are inhabited by both people and history.
The presence and industry of people and the past are powerfully evoked—conjured at the piano or the workshop table. The tension between past and present are pronounced in plastic wrapped chandeliers, and the juxtaposition of a calendar girl and an 18th century portrait, but they are undeniably palpable elsewhere. They are the subject of these images (and, in a profound sense, that of photography itself).
Catrica embarked upon this project between 2005 and 2009, at a time of economic stress which resulted in the trend toward the wholesale acquisition of larger European co-productions. As he says these photographs were taken “at a time when the building was undergoing significant changes,” and when, in effect, the “working spaces of S. Carlos [were becoming] obsolete or un-used.”
June 29 – August 14, 2010
Reception: Saturday July 17, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Paulo Catrica is a Portuguese photographer currently living in London. Since 1998 his work has regularly been exhibited in Europe: Portugal, Spain, Finland, UK, France, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia. His work is in numerous public and private collections in Europe, including the Siemens UK Art Collection, the Museum of London, the Colecção Nacional de Fotografia (Porto), and the Museu da Imagem (Braga).
Catrica’s recent solo shows include H08, at Silo Cultural, Porto (2009), No Ruses So To Speak, at Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon (2008) and Images & Pictures, Arquivo Fotográfico da C.M.Municipal de Lisboa (2008). The near future is an equally busy one for Catrica as he has exhibitions opening in Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, and Lisbon later this year, as well as an artist residency in the Galapagos Islands and a related exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, planned for 2011.
Paulo Catrica studied Photography at Ar.Co. (Lisbon, 1985) and History at Universidade Lusíada (Lisbon, 1992). He received his MA from Goldsmith’s College, London (1997) and currently is a PhD candidate at the University of Westminster in London. His current project is entitled “Subtopia: the New Towns Program in Britain.”
Paulo Catrica: OPERA runs June 29 through August 14 at Böhmer, with a reception on Saturday July 17, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The space is open for viewing Monday through Saturday, 2:00 p.m. until close.
Please visit Circuit Gallery online to see and learn more about this work.
Böhmer is located at 93 Ossington Ave. (between Queen and Dundas). The restaurant is open for dinner everyday except Sunday, starting at 5:00 p.m..
About Circuit Gallery
Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes. The gallery specializes in high-end editions of works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper.
For more information, contact:
Claire Sykes, Partner, Circuit Gallery