Way through to the other side

Way through to the other side - Teresa Milheiro

Temporary exhibition that took place between June 30 to October 15 2016.

 

Within the scope of Plano Tangente: a program of temporary exhibitions of the Money Museum that aimed at disseminating the emerging artistic productionz in various media. The program presented the work of Portuguese contemporary artists in dialogue with the museum architecture and the collections.

Teresa Milheiro recreates mediaeval imagery through a mechanized choreography of marionette sculptures.  This jewellery project is based on Triologia das Barcas, by Gil Vicente, to stage an imaginary metamorphosis of the journey from life to death.

The exhibition builds several narratives, as would the theatrical stage it alludes to. We find 13 characters of the Acts updating those of the original era (the 16th century), taking on new forms and moving toward their destinies – changed into animals, personifying the transformation that takes place in the journey to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory.

Irony and criticism join forces in a performance of the improbable dialogues between form and fiction. The delicate figures – made in gold, silver, bronze, and lead – line-up in the display case, perfectly articulated amongst themselves, e remetem surrendering to suggesting the imperfection of society and its values.

Way through to the other side is an artwork about the parallelism of icons of two eras that echo the voice and symbolic power of literature, revisited in the perspective of contemporary creativity.

 

Death’s laughter blows through the air

They come from afar, from the late Middle Ages, invented to live between life and death, and they appear in Gil Vicente’s Barcas (Boats), awaiting passage to the other side.

Yes, Teresa Milheiro commences with Vicente’s characters, those who were brought to life on stage, who see their lives weighed, judged, rewarded, or punished: the usurer, the procuress, the fool, but also the pope, the emperor.

And the devil, who is here also an angel. Or the Jew, who is here a Palestinian, the one who is on the other side, away from the boats. And they are small marionettes made of unexpected materials; gold, silver, nickel silver, and also brass. Marionettes agitated by oscillating wires.

Teresa Milheiro likes articulations, she plays with them, her artistic pieces long for aerial movement, they are the stuff of clouds, gently flying over the world, but also threatening, pestiferous.

And they are still around; the bankers, multinational corporation CEOs, pimps, manipulated people, questionable people, people with guns, oil barons, people who are the bosses of it all, and they are still around, haunted.

And we see them after crossing the river of death, and they are transformed. They become fish, octopuses, gnats, terrible animals from the ocean depths (is theirs a ghost-filled hell?), winged fish, with the thousand eyes of security cameras, once again engaged in this dance of death that has eternally engrossed Gil Vicente.

And there is laughter surrounding all of this, everything is ironic, this subservience of ours, the fool’s cap also suited to the ritualistic football celebrations, the debilitated pope operated solely by strings facing the voracious mouth of a deadly fish.

Teresa Milheiro contemplates this earthly carnival without mercy, with a laugh. An unbelieving, distrustful laugh. This is a sarcastic, ruthless dance of death.

And a certain disquiet lingers: is this who we are, do we live off this greed, this manipulation?

Jorge Silva Melo | June 2016

 

Exhibition credits

Coordination, production and exhibition design and lighting
Museu do Dinheiro / Banco de Portugal

Architecture, design, graphics and communication project
Departamento de Serviços de Apoio / Banco de Portugal

Structures and maintenance
Support Services Department / Banco de Portugal

Translation
Banco de Portugal

Security
Departamento de Serviços de Apoio / Banco de Portugal

Information

Temporary exhibition that took place between June 30 to October 15 2016.

Within the scope of Plano Tangente: a program of temporary exhibitions of the Money Museum that aimed at disseminating the emerging artistic productionz in various media. The program presented the work of Portuguese contemporary artists in dialogue with the museum architecture and the collections.

During the course of the exhibition there was a guided visit by Teresa Milheiro.

More information to info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

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