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Juliao Sarmento

Galeria Atlantica

The body as object and desire as mode are two topics that emerge from the work of Julião Sarmento. The artist’s mutable, visual language suggests a correspondence between his position as a producer of images and the position of the lover in relation to the object of his passion. Here, it is important to make a distinction between the common notion of passion and a tragic notion of passion. According to the common notion, passion is the expression of an explicit relation. According to the tragic notion, passion is the product of an impossible relation. In this second sense, passion is a work that can be compared to a visual creation. What lies between the pulsating origin and the end product is not the linear movement toward an instinctive satisfaction, but rather the dimension of the work itself. And it is in this dimension that the groundwork is laid for what may be a process of seduction

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