THROUGH DISPLACEMENT

Carolina Rito

The artist's fingers press down the keys of a Bösendorfer resolutely. This is a piano manufactured in Austria, which José Carlos Teixeira, in the first instances of the large projection of "Between Clarity and Fog", admits no prior knowledge of how to play. Nonetheless, throughout the 30 minute video, images are cut through either by the sound of the very same exercise, or by the image of the author practicing it. The wandering fingers perpetuate the movement, either pressing the continuous white keys, or the black intermittent keys that define themselves in opposition to the former.

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GENERAL ARTISTIC PRACTICE

My practice as an artist and video-maker attempts to investigate notions of identity, language, boundary, otherness, exile and displacement. I have explored such concepts in many different ways, by shifting from material to more psychological levels, and from individual to cultural points of view.

Using strategies of group participation and performance,

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CONTEXTS AND IDENTITIES IN THE WORK OF JOSÉ CARLOS TEIXEIRA: 2003-2006
The work of José Carlos Teixeira (Porto, 1977) is, in terms of both form and content, largely connected to the most pressing current issues, as three of his latest works, Touch I & II (2003), It’s OK (united) #1 #2 #3 – three steps to a (r)evolution (2004-06), and 38 minutes of anthropology (strangers to ourselves) (2005), clearly attest. These three devices combine performance, video and installation, in order to address, in one way or another, such issues and concepts as otherness or displacement, or the notions of limit and foreignness.
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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I come from a searching for a place in the world. From the possibility of finding it or questioning its own existence. From the nomadic nature of being, the itinerancy, the refusal of a home or a studio, the inability of closing myself in them. 


I come from a crossing of disciplines and an expanded notion of art: one that merges multiple areas. From the belief that art redefines itself at each given moment; it awakes, confronts and communicates. From the intersection of the personal with the political, the emotional with the social, the ethical with the aesthetic.
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