Bloom Projects Exchange Series: Silvestre Pestana, Breathless

  • 21 May 2017
  • 20 Aug 2017
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art - 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The first solo museum exhibition of Silvestre Pestana’s work in the U.S., Breathless features an intimate view into the vast universe of one of Portugal’s most pioneering artists. Pestana’s practice, which evolved out of a background in experimental poetry, has involved forays into the realms of sculpture, video, performance, photography, and gaming over the past fifty years. 

These works seek to explore how humans interact with and negotiate a variety of controlling forces in the world and how art can be a vehicle for challenging those very same forces, be they technological, economic, or political. Included in the exhibition are a selection of Pestana’s earlier pieces, as well as a newly commissioned performance, the date of which will be announced soon. 

As a whole, the exhibition touches on a number of pervasive issues facing society today, from the changing state of our environment to the impact of war, all of which have continuously informed Pestana’s work throughout the course of his illustrious career. 

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