• 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

    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

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