July 7 - October 8
Heiress of Goya’s expressionism and of Hogarth’s mordacity, the work of Paula Rego (Lisbon, 1935) has shaped, for more than half a century, a persistent fable about human nature. Her paintings and drawings investigate with special attention how women have organized spaces of historical disobedience before the cultural imaginaries imposed from the patriarchy.
The work of Paula Rego (Lisbon, 1935) could be read as a great fable about human behavior. Thus, the bonds of domination and dependency, resentment of social injustices, persecution of irreverent bodies, or sexuality constrained by conservative moralism are themes that reappear cyclically in their paintings and give them a certain existential character. On the other hand, the works of Rego establish a caustic dialogue with the history and with the immediate time, they disagree of the cultural inheritance of the patriarchate and denounce the aggressions coming from the hierarchies of the power. By means of metaphors and exabruptos, combining literary stories and personal experiences, the artist has made for more than half a century of trajectory an energetic and antinormative imaginary populated by beings who jump from stupor to indiscipline, from coldness to violence.