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Carla Filipe, Instalação Rorschach (Rorschach Installation) (detail), 2011, books with bookworm damage, Plexiglas shelves, seven elements, overall 17 3/4 x 118 1/8 x 1 3/8".

Carla Filipe

Galeria Graça Brandão

Carla Filipe, Instalação Rorschach (Rorschach Installation) (detail), 2011, books with bookworm damage, Plexiglas shelves, seven elements, overall 17 3/4 x 118 1/8 x 1 3/8".

There is an old expression in Portuguese, “bordas de alguidar,” referring to what’s left over on the sides of a cooking bowl, which the rich don’t bother eating but the poor can’t afford to turn down. It’s a little like the English expression “the bottom of the barrel.” Carla Filipe used the Portuguese phrase as the title for her recent exhibition, making a direct reference to the country’s calamitous economic situation. In this exhibition, Filipe recovers the work of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro—a satirical journalist and artist who founded three newspapers in the late-nineteenth century and who created the figure of Zé Povinho, a cartoon figure that was to become the symbol of the Portuguese people. Bordalo Pinheiro has recently been rediscovered by the contemporary Portuguese art scene, particularly for his ceramic work. Filipe wanted to revive his acid political interventions

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