ORGANIZATION: Bombas Gens Centre d’Art
ARTIST: Carlos Bunga
CURATOR: Sandra Guimarães
Performing Nature is the first major anthological exhibition of the artist Carlos Bunga (Porto, Portugal, 1976) in Spain, offering the opportunity to delve into the complex and poetic work of the author.
Starting from pictorial research, Bunga has developed a personal language that deconstructs the discipline of painting, hybridizing elements of sculpture, architecture, installation, video and performance. His expanded paintings slide across floors and walls; tensing the limits of the work, rethinking its supports and surfaces, spreading the works to other physical and conceptual places, and materializing in installation constructions that become performative spaces.
His works, marked by a poetic approach to forms, are translated into geometric and abstract paintings, made by means of everyday materials such as cardboard sheets or adhesive tape, and sometimes introducing found natural elements: branches and leaves that intertwine and dilute in his compositions, integrating into a single material object that subtly leads us to question our own position in the world.
Performing Nature will thus reflect on the temporalities of nature, its shelters and its living and organic qualities, through a selection of representative works by the author ranging from the beginnings of his career to the present day, and including drawing, painting, collage, video, performance and sculpture – some of which have never been exhibited before.
The show will also feature works specially produced for the exhibition, as well as a site-specific monumental piece also created expressly for the occasion. In it, Bunga understands the spectator as another element of the installation: his experience integrates the work itself and transforms it.
Carlos Bunga’s work has been exhibited in international museums and art centers such as the Museu de Serralves in Oporto (2012), the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC-UNAM in Mexico City (2013), the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2020), the Secession in Vienna (2021), or the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (2022), among others.
With the support of the Portuguese Embassy in Madrid, Instituto Camões and Cervezas Alhambra.
Installation view “Performing Nature”, Carlos Bunga, 2023 © Bombas Gens Centre d’Art; Carlos Bunga / Photo: Mario Zamora