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António Palolo, Drawings/Lines, 1971, Super 8 film transferred to DVD, color, silent, 10 minutes 8 seconds.

António Palolo

António Palolo, Drawings/Lines, 1971, Super 8 film transferred to DVD, color, silent, 10 minutes 8 seconds.

António Palolo is mostly known as a self-taught painter whose work veered between Pop and abstraction. His recent exhibition at Culturgest focused instead on his films, revealing a side of his practice that, with a few exceptions (notably his inclusion in the 2000–2003 “Slow Motion” survey of Portuguese artists’ explorations of film and video), has remained hidden. While Palolo explored the limits of painting in his work, this exhibition acknowledges that he also occasionally transcended them, using film as a medium to explore possibilities unavailable to painting.

Palolo, who was born in Évora in 1946 and died in Lisbon in 2000, worked with film only between 1968 and 1978. He did not talk about his films, left no writings about them, and never exhibited them. They are therefore works surrounded by mystery: What did he hope they would achieve? How were they made? And why did he

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