January 8, 2021 - Galeria Municipal do Porto - Diana Policarpo: Nets of Hyphae
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January 8, 2021

Galeria Municipal do Porto

Installation view of Nets of Hyphae, at the Galeria Municipal do Porto. Photo: Dinis Santos / Galeria Municipal do Porto.

Installation view of Nets of Hyphae, at the Galeria Municipal do Porto. Photo: Dinis Santos / Galeria Municipal do Porto.

Diana Policarpo, Bodies We Care For, 2020. Photo: Dinis Santos / Galeria Municipal do Porto.

Installation view of Nets of Hyphae, at the Galeria Municipal do Porto. Photo: Dinis Santos / Galeria Municipal do Porto.

Diana Policarpo, Cyanovan (Protocol), 2020. Photo: Dinis Santos / Galeria Municipal do Porto.

Diana Policarpo, Bodies We Care For, 2020. Photo: Dinis Santos / Galeria Municipal do Porto.

Diana Policarpo, Infected Ear, 2020. Photo: Dinis Santos / Galeria Municipal do Porto.

Diana Policarpo, Bosch’s Garden, 2020. Photo: Dinis Santos / Galeria Municipal do Porto.

Diana Policarpo
Nets of Hyphae
December 4, 2020–February 14, 2021

Galeria Municipal do Porto
Rua D. Manuel II (Jardins do Palácio de Cristal)
4050-346 Porto
Portugal
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm

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Curated by Stefanie Hessler

Co-produced by Kunsthall Trondheim

In her solo presentation at the Galeria Municipal of Porto, the visual artist Diana Policarpo continues her research into fungi networks, drawing speculative webs of connection between ergot spores, reproductive justice and alternative forms of knowledge.

The ergot parasite infecting rye plants is known to be the cause of the St. Anthony’s fire disease. In small doses, ergot has traditionally been used by women healers for abortions. However, their knowledge rooted in experience of the land and plants has been eradicated by the progress of patriarchal capitalism, replacing it with obstetrics. Historians today still speculate whether ergotism may have played a role in accusations of witchcraft against women in the Salem crisis in 1692, as well as against Sámi shamans in the Finnmark trials in 1621, and other instances.

Diana Policarpo’s newly commissioned video works, animation, textiles and soundscape create parallels between the fungus cycle, reproductive justice and the expertise of midwives, healers and peasants in precarity and resistance. Homing in on feminist perspectives on psychedelics and working with the transfeminist biohacker Paula Pin, Policarpo's Nets of Hyphae draws speculative parallels between ergotism, the suppression of ancestral knowledge and health justice.

The exhibition will also be on view at the Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway, from February 11 to April 17.​ 

Diana Policarpo is a visual artist and composer with an MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (MAAT), Lisbon (2020); Centro de Artes Visuais (CAV), Coimbra (2020); Galeria Lehmann + Silva, Porto (2020); Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas (2020); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon (2018); Kunsthall Oslo (2018); LUX Moving Image, London (2017); and Kunstverein Leipzig (2017). In 2019, Policarpo was awarded the EDP Foundation New Artists Award.

Stefanie Hessler is a curator, writer and editor. Her work focuses on ecologies, technology and expanded definitions of life and non-life from an intersectional feminist perspective. Hessler is the director of Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway and the curator of the 17th MOMENTA Biennale in Montreal, 2021. Recent curatorial projects include: Down to Earth, Gropius Bau/Berliner Festspiele, Berlin (2020); Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land II, Ocean Space, Venice (2019); 6th Athens Biennale (2018); and the symposium Practices of Attention, 33rd Bienal de São Paulo (2018). Her monographic book Prospecting Ocean was published by The MIT Press and TBA21–Academy in 2019.

For media inquiries:
Beatriz Pinto: beatrizpinto [​at​] agoraporto.pt
Tiago Dias dos Santos: tiagosantos [​at​] agoraporto.pt

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