Eduardo Souto de Moura by Nuno Cera
On the occasion of the launch of the Architectural Guide Eduardo Souto de Moura Built Projects Portugal, publisher A+A Books invited the artist and photographer Nuno Cera on a “journey” through mainland and insular Portugal, portraying the projects that are featured in the book in a hors-texte arrangement that evokes, in fragments, the architect’s design and language.
It is from this “journey” that the exhibition Mineral Poetry originates. Held at Galeria Millennium, in Lisbon, from 23 February to 19 of May.
The layout of the exhibition, which was decided by the artist, consists of 18 photographs and 2 videos. Those are chosen fragments of the work by architect Eduardo Souto de Moura to whoever intentionally “looks”.
These photographs acknowledge the poetics of Nuno Cera’s work and are an essay of sorts on his personal, sensitive experience and vision of the objects he portrays. The analysis that his gaze provokes leads the viewer to deepen the feeling of reality and beauty while juxtaposing an allegory of the architecture work. This exercise of artistic language, which resists the objective look, leads Nuno Cera to an experience of freedom in space, form, matter and place.
Mineral Poetry goes beyond the limits of a photography exhibition. It reveals what Nuno Cera’s gaze creates: a free essay on the greatness of Eduardo Souto de Moura’s architecture, understanding its power through the poetic delicacy that sets him apart as an artist.