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Ars Fatum – Masks that speak

07 Sep 2021 — 31 Oct 202110h – 18h

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The exhibition Ars Fatum - Talking Masks is composed by 23 decorated ceramic sculptures and by 30 images. The 15 original concepts of the collection are reinterpreted through the ceramic. The graphic composition is located near by the 4 special objects from the last 4 editions of the International Festival of Classical Theatre of Mérida. 

The collection Ars Fatum emerges from the link between the craft workshop “Terracota Mérida”, Juanma Pérez Vinagre and the drawer Samuel López-Lago, whose is, besides a drawer, an art historian. After sharing the experience together in the “Master Executive for Craft Designers” organized by the Extremadura Parish, the Escola de Organización Industrial e Fundesarte, this union was founded. 

Terracota Mérida” always characterised itself by its point of view tied up with the tradition from an avant-garde optic. Ars Fatum presents itself as an inflection point, where the classical vectors and the popular culture intersect, Venus descending from the pantheon and following it in a conceptual journey.

We quote Fornasetti and his theme «Tema e Variazioni» as a concept cornerstone of this project. This adapted repetition to the different themes have been, undoubtedly, one the greatest source of inspiration. Its own project nature, especially its imminent vocation oriented to the pop culture investigation, allows the conjoin of different influences from the Japanese ceramic and vaporwave movement, passing by the pin-up or post-punk trends.

Partnership: Ars Fatum, Oficina de Estremadura en Lisboa; Festival Internacional de Teatro Clássico de Mérida


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