The Soul Expanding Ocean

#4: Diana Policarpo

Ocean Space, Venice / 09 April – 02 October

Centro de Arte Moderna (CAM) and TBA21-Academy present a solo exhibition of the artist Diana Policarpo (Lisboa, 1986) in Ocean Space, Venice – as part of a two-year curatorial cycle entitled The Soul Expanding Ocean, curated by Chus Martínez.

Held in the context of the Venice Biennale 2022, The Soul Expanding Ocean #4 is the artist’s largest installation to date – in which she explores multiple media, including audio and film, to create an immersive experience, a sense of being inside the ocean and thinking about it from within.

The starting point of the exhibition was a trip the artist made to the Ilhas Selvagens in the northern Atlantic Ocean, where she tracked the natural biodiversity and through which she mapped out colonial histories. In the installation, the artist presents a narrative where we can understand the role of science in colonial processes and how it is entangled in power relations.

If you are in Venice, don’t miss this exhibition.

Diana Policarpo is a visual artist and composer working in visual and musical media including drawing, video, sculpture, text, performance, and multi-channel sound installation. Policarpo investigates gender politics, economic structures, health, and interspecies relations through speculative trans-disciplinary research. She creates performances and installations to examine experiences of vulnerability and empowerment associated with acts of exposing oneself to the capitalist world. Her work has been exhibited worldwide including solo presentations at Kunsthall Trondheim; Galeria Municipal do Porto; Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra; Galeria Lehmman + Silva, Porto; Belo Campo/Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon; GNRtion, Braga; lAB Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld; Kunstverein Leipzig; Xero, Kline and Coma, London; Kunsthall Baden-Baden among others. Policarpo has recently exhibited, performed and screened her work at st_age (Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary); Maus Hábitos, Porto; Interstício, London; Nottingham Contemporary; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas (MACE); ARCOmadrid; Chiado 8, Lisbon; Kunsthall Oslo (with Marie Kolbæk Iversen); LUX - Moving Image, London; Cafe OTO, London; Guest Projects, London; Tenderpixel, London; Shau Fenster, Berlin; Mars Gallery, Melbourne; Peninsula Gallery, New York; Insitute of Contemporary Arts, London and W139, Amsterdam. Policarpo was the winner of Prémio Novos Artistas Fundação EDP 2019.


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