• 1949
  • Agfa paper
  • Photography
  • Inv. FP186

Fernando Lemos

Jardim [Garden]

At first sight, this is an image of a shadow projected by a tree onto the ground. However, when Lemos presented this image in 2005, at the Museum of Modern Art – Berardo Collection, in Sintra, he preferred to call it Luzes do Chão [Lights from the Ground], a title that instantly provokes an inverse perception, directing the attention towards the light and towards the forms one can recognize in it. This move between light and shadow Lemos proposed is, in fact, an exercise in the reading of the image, in the creation of another dynamic of looking which tries to evade the obvious.


As his friend Fernando Azevedo wrote, in a text for the 1982 exhibition Refotos – Anos 40 [Re-photos – The forties] at the National Society of the Fine Arts, in Lisbon, ‘truth is made up of two truths: one is ordered, the other refuses order. However, imagination is not lodged between the two, but on the instable line suspended between both.’





May 2010



TypeA definir
Fernando Lemos e o Surrealismo
Sintra, Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna, Colecção Berardo, 2005
Catálogo de exposição
À Sombra da Luz, À Luz da Sombra: Fotografias 1949-1952 / Fernando Lemos
São Paulo, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2004
Fernando Lemos - À Sombra da Luz
Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro de Arte Moderna, 1994
Catálogo de exposição
Fernando Lemos - À Sombra da Luz
Curator: Jorge Molder (1947-)
1994-07-20 a 1994-10-09
Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisboa
Exposição programada por Jorge Molder e Fernando Lemos.
Updated on 23 january 2015

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