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João Tabarra

Galeria Graça Brandão/Galeria Zé dos Bois

For “G,” João Tabarra’s most ambitious solo show to date, the artist’s dealer, Graça Brandão, joined forces with a well-known Lisbon independent space. The exhibition comprised nineteen new works—fourteen videos, a two-channel slide projection, and four photographs—that constitute a panorama of Tabarra’s present practice. The exhibition’s title refers to the gravitational constant, one of the most difficult values in physics to measure; although it appears in both Newton’s law of gravitation and Einstein’s theory of relativity, it remains imprecise to this day. Calling attention to this unresolved confusion at the heart of science, Tabarra is not debunking physics as such; rather, he analyzes contemporary mythologies in general and the society of the spectacle in particular, using allegory to question prevailing ideologies, whether political, economic, or cultural.

But like a lone soldier,

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