Cristina Rodrigues multi-venue exhibition Exhibition on the Alfândega Pier in Vila do Conde from June 24th to October 31st Cristina Rodrigues multi-venue exhibition Vila do Conde - Lisboa - Baião - Ermesinde

CRY OF THE HIGH TIDE

A multi-venue contemporary art exhibition.

24 June – 31 October, Wharf of the Royal Customs, Vila do Conde
15 July – 31 October, Garden of the National Archaeology Museum – Jerónimos Monastery
25 July – 31 October, outside the Monastery of Santo André de Ancede
31 July – 31 October, outside the Ermesinde Cultural Forum

The multi-venue exhibition Cry of the High Tide will feature four original contemporary art installations by Portuguese artist Cristina Rodrigues. The installations will be exhibited simultaneously at four different venues, forging direct relationships with the spaces: the Wharf of the Royal Customs in Vila do Conde; the National Archaeological Museum Garden; the Monastery of Santo André de Ancede; and the Ermesinde Cultural Forum.

Vila do Conde, a town known for its shipyards; Belém, where the Portuguese explorers set sail to discover the world; Ermesinde, founded primarily as a city of labour; and the Monastery of Santo André de Ancede in Baião, where the Holy Spirit has been worshipped for centuries – four places, one story: the human odyssey.

Vila do Conde

The Wharf of the Royal Customs in Vila do Conde and the Garden of the National Archaeology Museum – Jerónimos Monastery will house, each, a site-specific installation.

Both installations share the name that also gives the exhibition its title – Cry of the High Tide – and form: each is comprised of 12 sculptures of boats made from iron and fishing nets. These composite installations represent human beings as explorers, creators of an object capable of crossing the seas to explore the unknown.

24 June – 31 October, Wharf of the Royal Customs, Vila do Conde
Concert: 24 June, Vila do Conde Municipal Theatre

Lisboa

The Garden of the National Archaeology Museum – Jerónimos Monastery and the Wharf of the Royal Customs in Vila do Conde will house, each, a site-specific installation.

Both installations share the name that also gives the exhibition its title – Cry of the High Tide – and form: each is comprised of 12 sculptures of boats made from iron and fishing nets. These composite installations represent human beings as explorers, creators of an object capable of crossing the seas to explore the unknown.

15 July – 31 October, Garden of the National Archaeology Museum – Jerónimos Monastery

Baião

The outer area of the Monastery of Santo André de Ancede will host a site-specific installation titled Ferryman of Hades.

Through 9 sculptures of angels made from iron and fishing nets, the artist reflects on Charon, son of Nyx (the Night) and Erebus (the Darkness), who ferried people between the worlds of the living and the dead.

25 July – 31 October, outside the Monastery of Santo André de Ancede
Concert: 25 July, Church of the Monastery of Santo André de Ancede

Ermesinde

Outside the Ermesinde Cultural Forum, a site-specific installation titled Men of the Sea will be on display.

Consisting of 12 sculptures of human figures made from iron and fishing nets. The installation portrays labour as part of the essence of humanity.

31 July – 31 October, outside the Ermesinde Cultural Forum
Concert: 31 July, Ermesinde Cultural Forum.

Cry of the High Tide concert

A concert inspired by the sea with the same name as the exhibition will follow the openings in Vila do Conde, Baião and Ermesinde.
Soprano Carla Caramujo, accompanied by a string quartet featuring Álvaro Pereira, Evandra Gonçalves (violins), Luís Norberto (viola) and Michal Kiska (cello), will perform pieces by Hahn, Fauré, Puccini, Lacerda, Vianna da Mota, Grieg and Rachmaninoff.

24 June, Vila do Conde Municipal Theatre
25 July, Church of the Monastery of Santo André de Ancede
31 July, Ermesinde Cultural Forum.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Portuguese artist Cristina Rodrigues was born in 1980 in Porto, where she studied and began her professional career as an architect, later moving to Lisbon and then the Algarve. In 2009 she moved to Manchester, United Kingdom, where she lectured at university, developed her doctoral research and started her career as an artist, which would later return her to her home country.

Cristina holds a PhD in Art & Design from Manchester School of Art (2016), a Master’s Degree in Medieval and Renaissance History from the University of Porto (2007) and an Honours Degree in Architecture from Lusíada University (2004).

Her art work has been exhibited internationally, in Europe, Asia and South America, with several solo exhibitions. These include Crossing (2020), at Centro de Cultura Contemporânea, Castelo Branco, Portugal; Home is the Cathedral of Life (2019), at Naves Matadero, Madrid, Spain; The Horizon (2019), at Quinta da Cruz – Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Viseu, Portugal; Echoes of the Sea (2018), at The Hillside Forum, Tokyo, Japan; The Kingdom of Heaven (2017), at Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, United Kingdom; The Shroud, at Colombo Art Biennale 2016, in the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Colombo, Sri Lanka; and La Pasión (2016), a monumental exhibition installed at five of the most iconic monuments in the city of Seville, Spain: Fundación Valentín de Madariaga y Oya, Portuguese Pavilion, Universidad de Sevilla, Casa de la Provincia and Real Alcázar de Sevilla.

Several of Cristina’s works have been acquired for the art collections of museums and public, as well private entities, national and international. The most recent, Memories of the Sea, comprising three installations suspended from the ceiling, was commissioned by the Dutch group VIA Outlets and is on permanent display at Vila do Conde Porto Fashion Outlet since April 2021.

Through her art, Cristina draws imaginary narratives linking her personal journey as a Portuguese woman in a global context to a fantastic world of symbolisms. Each of her art installations is locally inspired yet universal in meaning. As to her audiences, Cristina’s creations can take an international contemporary spectator into a transcultural and transtemporal journey.

VILA DO CONDE

Cais da Alfândega
Rua Cais da Alfândega,
4480-702 Vila do Conde

LISBOA

Jardim do Museu Nacional de Arqueologia,
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Praça do Império,
1400-026, Lisboa

BAIÃO

Mosteiro de Santo André de Ancede
Rua Padre Lima,
Ancede, Baião, Porto

ERMESINDE

Exterior do Fórum Cultural de Ermesinde
R. Fábrica da Cerâmica,
4445-416, Ermesinde

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