Hope. A Ruler in Blue

Exhibition  /  02 Dec 2020  -  22 Jan 2021
Published: 23.11.2020

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Reverso invited the artist and writer Pedro Proença to participate in this exhibition with his drawings and watercolors and to write a text about the feeling that now dominates the entire world: hope. It was based on this theme that Reverso invited the 40 artists participating in this exhibition, to which we gave the title HOPE - a ruler in blue.
/ Paula Crespo

Artist list

Sawa Aso, Ela Bauer, Sofia Björkman, Ana Margarida Carvalho, Carla Castiajo, Attai Chen, Marta Costa Reis, Paula Crespo, Patrícia Domingues, Veronika Fabian, Jantje Fleischhut, Hilde Foks, Sophie Hanagarth, Castello Hansen, Esther Heite, Herman Hermsen, Mirjam Hiller, Leonor Hipólito, Melanie Isverding, Karin Johansson, Junwon Jung, Beppe Kessler, Daniel Kruger, Sara Leme, Teresa Milheiro, Daodao Ni, Ruudt Peters, Katja Prins, Pedro Proença, Carolina Quintela, Danni Schwaag, Pedro Sequeira, Tore Svensson, Asako Takahashi, Edu Tarin, Timothy Information Limited, Manuel Vilhena, Luzia Vogt, Kira Yurina, Manon van Kouswijk
I insist on reading Bluteau, the first and most beautiful of all the dictionaries of the language which happens to be ours. The definition of Hope sprawls across several pages. What can I do but surrender before its elegance: Act or movement of the appetite, whether sensitive, irascible or rational, tending towards good; or, more clearly, it is the efficient desire of an absent, difficult, possible good, moved by the confidence of being able to obtain it. It’s hard to digest, as if hope itself contains, implicitly, the arrival of a kind of joy that seeks out further joy, or beatitude – for what more could we want? Bluteau drenches us in feelings, he supposes efficacies and adventures to come, seeing hope as an active force more than mere inclination. Hope is an adventure, let’s have at it! On the other hand, maybe it is naught but wishful thinking, a mere fantasy meant to distract us from the realism of fatality? Hope is the treasure of the poor & the refuge of the unfortunate. (...) It is also so common that everything depends upon it. If you remove hope from the world, you arrest all business, suspend all enterprise, exile the arts, exterminate the sciences, return creatures to their primordial chaos, & bury the world in idleness. Even while pulling the rug out from under our feet, Bluteau holds up hope as a necessary tool, a jewel and a buoy that keeps us afloat in a tempest of misfortune. And then he gives us the ekphrasis: The Ancients painted hope sitting on the back of a Peacock, her face surrounded by the Iris.

Seneca had already given us a motto:
Spes metum sequitur – fear and hope walk hand in hand. Espinoza goes further by saying that Hope is an inconstant Joy and Fear an inconstant Sadness, caused by expectation accompanied by uncertainty and that there is no Hope without Fear and Fear without Hope. Like the harpist, he also offers us the solution to fear and despair: to put an end to fear, one must think firmly, which is to say, to enumerate and imagine regularly the dangers of life and the best manner in which to avoid and overcome these through courage and fortitude.

Hope must be exercised, both through courage and through that prudent, active imagining of pros and cons. Success, as the writer suggested while drinking his mineral water, is beyond the horizon, both in logical terms and in the unpredictability of events. Thus, I searched my digital cabinet for a quote by Heraclitus, which I sang to myself, hoping to find a similar sentiment in one of my three translations:
  • He who does not expect the unexpected will not find it, for he closes himself off to its pursuit, and that will lead him to no path.
  • While searching for revelation, prepare for the unexpected, for it is hard to find and enigmatic when you come across it.
  • If hope (or conjecture) is not within you, you will never contact the unexpected: no paths open out from unexplored routes.

I would like to finish with a comic parable: the scene with professor Tournesol at the end of Red Rackham’s Treasure. Faced with a version of the Latin saying
audaces fortuna adiuvat (fortune smiles upon the bold), which he did not understand, he quotes it later to Tintin and Captain Haddock’s astonishment. I could have sworn that it was «fortune assists boldness!» It must be from another book, another translation, another unexpected. The book says: “all is well that ends well”, a motto more fitting for our own days, preparing an end for a narrative.
/ Pedro Proença

Wednesday, 2 Dec, 3 pm - 8 pm.
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Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 pm - 8 pm.
Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Fata Morgana, 2020. Alpaca, wood, aluminium, acrylic, paper, foil, acrylic paint.. 7.3 x 9.7 x 2 cm. From series: Hope. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Fata Morgana, 2020
Alpaca, wood, aluminium, acrylic, paper, foil, acrylic paint.
7.3 x 9.7 x 2 cm
From series: Hope
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Sawa Aso. Brooch: Candle #1, 2020. Steel, stainless wire.. 21 x 2.3 x 3 cm. From series: Hope. Sawa Aso
Brooch: Candle #1, 2020
Steel, stainless wire.
21 x 2.3 x 3 cm
From series: Hope
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Veronika Fabian. Necklace: Hope, 2020. Silver, silver-plated brass.. 15 x 15 x 1 cm. From series: Hope. Veronika Fabian
Necklace: Hope, 2020
Silver, silver-plated brass.
15 x 15 x 1 cm
From series: Hope
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Herman Hermsen. Necklace: Stop, Enjoy Your Life, 2020. Aluminum.. 30 x 23 cm. From series: Stop, Enjoy Your Life. Herman Hermsen
Necklace: Stop, Enjoy Your Life, 2020
30 x 23 cm
From series: Stop, Enjoy Your Life
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Karin Johansson. Brooch: Argos, 2020. Acrylic, gold, black diamonds.. 9 x 5 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Karin Johansson. From series: Argos. Karin Johansson
Brooch: Argos, 2020
Acrylic, gold, black diamonds.
9 x 5 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Karin Johansson
From series: Argos
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Junwon Jung. Brooch: Hope, 2020. Bronze.. 8 x 5 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Junwon Jung. From series: Hope. Junwon Jung
Brooch: Hope, 2020
8 x 5 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Junwon Jung
From series: Hope
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Tore Svensson. Brooch: Portal, 2020. Steel, gilt, paint.. 7 x 7 cm. From series: Hope. Tore Svensson
Brooch: Portal, 2020
Steel, gilt, paint.
7 x 7 cm
From series: Hope
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Carla Castiajo. Necklace: Sperare, 2020. Human hair, silver, leather, silk, polyester.. 132 x 7 x 1 cm. From series: Hope. Carla Castiajo
Necklace: Sperare, 2020
Human hair, silver, leather, silk, polyester.
132 x 7 x 1 cm
From series: Hope
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