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Rigo 23

Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZDB)

The practice of Rigo 23, a Portuguese artist living in San Francisco, falls under the category of political activism. The critical but idealistic nature of his activity can be verified in “Nada de Novo/Swim Again” (Nothing New/Swim Again), an exhibition that delineates a panorama of his production over the last twenty years, presenting works made in media ranging from painting and drawing to objects and embroidery, as well as documentation of site-specific interventions in public spaces. Whatever their form, his works deal with such topics as the homogenization of Western civilization on a global scale, official historical narratives versus alternative histories, the mechanisms of state repression, and the dynamics of the perpetuation of racial segregation.

The language of underground urban culture, such as punk music and fanzines, characterizes Rigo 23’s production from the late ’80s and

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