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Lia Chaia, Pôsteres 1 (detail), 2017, ink-jet print, paper, paper fasteners, three panels, each 42 1/2 x 2 7/8".

Lia Chaia

Galeria Vermelho

Lia Chaia, Pôsteres 1 (detail), 2017, ink-jet print, paper, paper fasteners, three panels, each 42 1/2 x 2 7/8".

Although it might sound surprising to say this of an artist not yet forty years old, Lia Chaia’s recent exhibition “Pulso” (Pulse) had the virtues of a retrospective. In the gallery’s main space she showed several groups of recent works, themselves a clear demonstration of the breadth of her production. In one of the adjacent building’s rooms, transformed into a comfortable auditorium for the occasion, she presented eighteen videos made between 2000 and 2016 (with a total running time of more than four hours). These provided the necessary background for a full understanding of the themes presented in the new pieces.

At the heart of Chaia’s work is an investigation of the relationships between the body and nature on the one hand, and the city and geometry on the other. Her output reveals her interests in ways that are quite direct and perceptible, yet at the same time very subtle.

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