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  • View of “João Pedro Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira,” 2018. Foreground: Vadios (Vagrants), 2018. Background: Take Ecstasy with Me, 2018. Photo: Bruno Lopes.

    João Pedro Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira

    Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art

    Due in part to being ruled by a dictatorship from 1926 to 1974, not to mention the hegemony of Catholicism, Portugal has no explicit lineage of gay art. In this show, titled “A Mão na Coisa, A Coisa na Boca, A Boca na Coisa, A Coisa na Mão” (The Hand in the Thing, the Thing in the Mouth, the Mouth in the Thing, the Thing in the Hand), the Portuguese duo Nuno Alexandre Ferreira and João Pedro Vale set about addressing this lack. The main work in the central gallery was titled Vadios (Vagrants), 2018, after the word used to describe gay men in the 1912 Portuguese law criminalizing homosexuality

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