A powerful pairing of artworks by artists of different generations and backgrounds brought together imagery that spoke to their shared interests. Both Adriana Varejão (from Brazil and born in 1964) and Paula Rego (born in Portugal in 1935 and based mostly in London since the 1950s) use parody, theatricality, and collage-like recombinations of image fragments derived from literature, history, and folklore to explore the central role of narrative in shaping notions of culture and identity and how they are rooted in cross-pollination and power dynamics.
Rego is known for her taste for female protagonists, for storytelling, and for perverting plots, and the five works of hers included herefour of them in pastel on paper mounted on aluminumwere inspired by two books published nearly 150 years apart by Portuguese writers: José Maria de Eça de Queirós’s O Primo Basílio (Cousin
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