The Virreina Center de la Imatge presents, until April 23, 2023, Cançó de Pedro Costa, the first exhibition that adopts such a specific perspective on the filmmaker's work: the face, the voice and the song as signs of the more particular to each person, but also as a response to the combined pressure of History and personal history.
Curated by Javier Codesal, the exhibition has been conceived for La Virreina Center de la Imatge. The filmmaker's work is approached from a specific perspective that characterizes his future and what could be one of his immediate futures is rehearsed. The exhibition revolves around the face, the voice and the song as signs of the most particular of each person, but also as a response to the combined pressure of History with each person's history, a response to trauma and what is missing.
The exhibition is based on ten works, with titles alluding to the idea of singing: Casa de lava - notebook (artist's book, 1994) and Cançoner de Fogo (documentary video to visualize the contents of the notebook) , Balar de Balibar (projection, 2009), Cançó de Ventura (projection, 2014), Our voices will not sing anymore (set of three independent works projected in different rooms of the exhibition, 2022), Cant de pedra (five photographs on paper, 2015), Morna d'ombres (installation with five projections on screens hanging from the ceiling and soundtrack, 1994-2022) and Songs to avoid suicide (installation composed of the works Sobre el súicidi and A la petita radio, both from 2022).
Pedro Costa (Lisbon, 1959) is one of the filmmakers most appreciated by new film audiences and by international critics, especially since the making of No quarto da Vanda (2000). His latest feature film, Vitalina Varela (2019), received the Golden Leopard for best film at the Locarno Festival.