Galeria Francisco Fino is delighted to share Joana Duarte's article on Gabriel Abrantes' solo show Nobody Nowhere, in Umbigo magazine.
"On December 5, Gabriel Abrantes will open a painting-only exhibition at Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon. Nobody Nowhere is the name of this ground-breaking show. Although he is mostly known for his work in film, painting is a relevant part of his activity. On a rainy November morning, we visited his studio in Lisbon. Large paintings completely blanketed the walls. Our body invaded by a tragic and overwhelming melancholy.
Ghosts. Painter ghosts, ghosts with 16mm cameras, artist ghosts occupying different scenarios. A museum, a gallery, or the studio. Ghosts prevented from moving freely without a wheelchair or crutches. All spaces are flooded by calm or turbulent waters, and almost all are illuminated through a single spot of light. The ghostly bodies merge and disappear into the water flooding the spaces. A tragedy where bodies are not bodies and space is nowhere, “Nobody Nowhere”.