How to (live with) things that don’t exist
Exhibition, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art Porto, Portugal, 02 October 2015 – 17 January 2016
The exhibition developed out of the 31st São Paulo Biennial. How to (live with) things that don’t exist features 28 artists and artist collectives selected from the biennial by three of its curators. Investigating art’s revelatory potential, the show has been reconfigured for the physical, social, and cultural context of the city of Porto and of the museum. From paintings and sculptures to video and installation, the artworks distil the ideas of the Brazilian exhibition and focus on how art can alter ways of thinking about the world. Through imagining forms of life and society that are different, or that do not (yet) exist, the works question the authority of religion, history, and systems of control and suggest how it could be different.