HORÁCIO FRUTUOSO

In the Light Direction (2021)

[BoCA Resident Artist / 2019-2020]

Teatro Camões
1 – 30 July 2021

“Na Direção da Luz” [In the Light Direction] is a site-specific intervention for the foyer of Teatro Camões, which inaugurates a partnership between BoCA and National Dance Company / Teatro Camões.
A set of visual poems suggest an idea of movement, of transforming words and the space in which they are installed by the light, which, reflected in the river, enters the entire main façade. This light changes during the day in different ways, as well as its experience of constant transformation: between rehearsals and presentations, the moments when it is empty and the moments when it is full, by the public waiting to enter or in a hurry going out, seeing from the outside and being seen from within, or vice versa.

A partnership between BoCA and CNB / Teatro Camões


Horácio Frutuoso
Born in 1991, in Porto, he currently lives and works in Lisbon. Graduated in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, institution that awarded him the prize for Acquisition of Fine Arts in 2012/2013. He also has professional training in blown and molded glass production and fusion techniques from CENCAL da Marinha Grande.
He was a member of the academic performance research group SINTOMA, belonging to FBAUP’s i2ADS. Co-author of the artistic project Expedição where, between 2013 and 2015, he produced and programmed different projects from individual to collective exhibitions, performances, residencies, email-art, publications and collaborations with institutions and independent art spaces.
In the production of his work, he uses different means, structuring his practice based on the thought and organization of a painting, where he crosses with visual poetry, digital images, and installation-performance.
He has regularly exhibited his artwork since 2009, collaborating with other artists in different projects, including the following: “Clube de Poesia”, Serralves Museum, Porto 2019; “100 IMAGES; a word is worth a thousand pictures” curated by Alexandre Melo, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon 2018; “Haus Wittgenstein” MAAT, Lisbon 2018; “H” at Balcony gallery, Lisbon 2018; “Blessed Desalinho” solo project SP-ARTE 2018, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas; “Gender in Art: Body, Sexuality, Identity, Resistance” National Contemporary Art Museum – Chiado Museum, Lisbon 2017; “Them or Us” curated by Paulo Mendes, Municipal Gallery – Porto 2017; “What I Am” curated by Inês Grosso and Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, MAAT – Lisbon 2017; between others.
BoCA commissioned two of the artist’s works “Library” (2019) and “1+1=1” (2020).

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