CAM in Motion: Carlos Bunga

Home, 2022

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Carlos Bunga presents a new project installed in a shipping container, originally located next to the Terreiro do Paço ferry terminal, in Lisbon, and that can now be viewed in the Gulbenkian Garden.

Carlos Bunga was invited by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s CAM to conceive a site-specific project for a shipping container.

The political but also poetic thought the artist has developed around the idea of the house is here revealed and questioned. What exactly are our houses? The sense of protection they convey is not in keeping with a broader concept of home: a delimited place, a place of memory, or a non-place. 

Carlos Bunga (Porto, 1976) attended the Escola Superior de Arte e Design in Caldas da Rainha, in Portugal. He currently lives and works near Barcelona.

Bunga uses mass-produced materials such as cardboard, adhesive tape and household paint to produce site-specific, process-oriented installations. Emerging from a dialogue with the existing architectural space, these ephemeral structures recall life-size architectural models as well as temporary street shelters. Through his work, Bunga not only encourages viewers to rethink their experience of space and architecture, but also evokes the transient and fragile nature of urban structures.

His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Artists Space, New York (2005); New Museum, New York (2007); Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2009); the National Museum of Art, Cardiff (2014) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (2016).

Bunga participated in “Manifesta 5” in San Sebastián (2004); “inSite_05”at the San Diego Museum of Art (2005); “14th Carrara International Sculpture Biennial” (2010); “29th Biennial de São Paulo” (2010); “Artes Mundi 6” in Cardiff (2013); Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015) and VI Gherdënia Biennial (2020).

Bunga has had solo exhibitions at several museums, including Pérez Art Museum Miami (2009); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2010); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); Museo Serralves, Porto (2012); Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2013); Museo Amparo, Puebla (2014); Haus Konstruktiv Museum, Zurich (2015); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2015); MOCA, Detroit (2018); MAAT, Lisbon (2019); MOCA Toronto (2020); Whitechapel, London (2020); Secession, Wien (2021).

Bunga’s upcoming  exhibition in 2022, will take place at Schrin Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Palacio de Cristal in Madrid, among others.




CAM in Motion is an ‘outdoor’ programme that brings together a series of site-specific interventions by artists and exhibitions with works from the Collection in different spaces in the city of Lisbon and its surroundings.

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