Umbigo @ ARCOlisboa 2019

As usual, Umbigo will be part of ARCOlisboa 2019 with a booth and the art project Oracle by the artist Pedro Valdez Cardoso.

Oracle draws information from past artworks and foresees the future in thoughts and ambiguous visions. According to the work’s sinopsis, “the project consists in an edition of 22 posters (5 copies each) recalling titles from the artist’s repertoire which report to several origins: historical quotes, music verses or lines from movies. Nevertheless, none of the posters show the works in question through images, [being] only assemble through words composed graphically in order to create subtexts and tension between what’s written and how it is visually written”.

ARCOlisboa 2019 will feature the newest director of this fair, Maribel López, who has declared a will to renew the fair’s model, back in ARCOmadrid 2019. ARCOlisboa will host 71 galleries from 17 countries, featuring a new and special participation of galleries from Africa in the section Africa in Focus.

Umbigo will host a cocktail in the pre-opening day, 15 May, at 6:30 pm, with the support of Herdade do Monte da Ribeira wines.

Elsa studied journalism and over the years has taken several contemporary art courses, including Themes in the History of 20th Century Art (Fundação Serralves), a Curatorial workshop at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon, Aesthetics (Ar.Co) and History of Photography at the same Institution and a Postgraduate Degree in Curating at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is a founding member and director of Umbigo magazine, created in 2002, with which she developed several curatorial projects, including the exhibition "Entre Limite e a Audácia" by Miguel Palma at the Fábulas gallery, "The Difference" by Andrea Splisgar at the Palácio de Santa Catarina, the exhibition "Pieces and Parts" at Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, "Pierre Barbrel – Dissociation" at Espaço Camões da Sá da Costa, "Robe de contact (lys)" by artist Jean François-Krebs at Galeria Sá da Costa. In 2023 she curated the exhibitions "Unwinding" by Theodore Ereira-Guyer and Sam Llewellyn-Jones at Galeria Sá da Costa and "A Face is a Mask..." by Pedro Valdez Cardoso at Brotéria. She was jury and curator of the Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition "On the Other Hand", commemorating the 5th anniversary of PIN (Portuguese Association of Contemporary Jewelry), at Galeria Reverso (Lisbon), Galeria Adorna Corações (Porto) and at the Gray Area Symposium at Galeria Medellein ( Mexico City). In 2018 she was a jury for the ENSA Arte award in Luanda. Also for Umbigo magazine, she coordinated the edition of the book "Coordenadas do Corpo na Arte Contemporânea", a collection that brings together an essay by Bárbara Coutinho and several artistic works, many of them developed specifically for the book, in a set of works that represent a small sample of the concerns philosophical and aesthetic ideas of a group of artists. In 2018, together with António Néu (art director of Umbigo magazine), she created the UmbigoLAB Platform, a networking network for artists that promotes synergy between them and agents in the field (curators, museum directors, gallerists, collectors and institutions).

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