Lisbon

Nuno Ramalho

Galeria Graça Brandão

Nuno Ramalho, a young artist living in Porto, has distinguished himself among the generation that emerged in Portugal during this past decade through the civic consciousness that imbues his production. Ramalho questions prevailing worldviews by analyzing the ideological structures that dominate the social sphere. In the tradition of institutional critique, he explores the logic of artistic legitimization and the mechanisms of the art market. However, other systems of power, those perhaps more manifest in daily life, also constitute Ramalho’s subject matter.

As suggested by the title of his recent exhibition, “Mercado Negro” (Black Market), which brought together works made in the last three years, Ramalho addresses the economy in general and the connection between economics and politics in particular. One example is Recibo (Receipt), 2009, a silver replica of a sales receipt from the

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