Zsolt Tibor


Exhibition opening: 5_11_2015/ 22.00

Exhibition dates: 6_11 – 20_12_2015



The tangibility of our lived present can be best felt by the multiplicity of its representation. In times when the virtual has been elevated to the equivalent of the physical, a representation of the lived (regardless of how artificial) serves us as the best proof of our existence, active presence and/or participation within the social. Representation can take on multiple forms, may it be through metaphor, resemblance or through various forms of reference. Reference and its layering allows for the construction of a wide web of relations, through which a subject/object can be perceived, by which it generates and conveys meaning, or by which it constructs notions of a desired self or a desired product. With the vast quantity of information that penetrates our minds “no man is an island for himself” and no page is in its essence truly blank. The multiplicity of last weeks’, yesterdays’ and todays’ archetypes reject the idea of a singular self and rather suggests a complex web of references, from the symbolic nature of which, the very moment and its subjects are continuously being re-born.


The architecture of a so called new has its base constructed from recycled layers of representation and reference, where one millimetre squared can be perceived as an equivalent to one reference. It is a world of doubles that are multiplied as we speak. rrrefer rejects the idea of an original and with honesty and a pinch of irony questions the depth and nature of references that tickle our ankles as we walk through the cross-referenced surface of the present – a surface where anything has the power to convey everything and where the complex nature of a carefully constructed self is reduced to a series of identifiable and marketable prototypes.


rrrefer brings together a series of newly developed works by Hungarian artist Zsolt Tibor. Tibor is one of the key representatives of contemporary Hungarian artists. His exhibition at Syntax is the first solo presentation of the artists’ work in Portugal.

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in residency: Zsolt Tibor


7_9 – 7_11_2015


Zsolt Tibor belongs to the key representatives of contemporary Hungarian artists. The point of departure for a majority of his work is drawing, which usually also functions as the constituting element for his installation based practice. Drawing for Tibor operates as a support for determining and dealing with questions of spatiality, flatness, three-dimensionality and the order of things, laws of which are repeatedly challenged by the somehow confusing and layered, yet somehow familiar nature of the artists’ imaginary sets and spatial assemblages. Here objects, subjects, places and fictional scenarios merge into hybridised clusters of imaginary and humorous realities the truthfulness of which, is as real as (contemporary) reality itself.


Currently based in Vienna, Zsolt Tibor has exhibited his work among other in Rotterdam, Helsinki, Paris, Prague, Vienna or Budapest. His works can be found in the Ludwig Museum Budapest Collection, the Carousel Collection in NYC or the Museum of Spanish Contemporary Graphics.


The residency of Zsolt Tibor is scheduled between 7.9. – 7.11.2015. During this time Zsolt Tibor will present his work to the local audience through numerous public events. His stay will be concluded by an exhibition planned to open at SYNTAX gallery on November 5th.



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Nocturnal Measurements and the Invisible State of Shine


Exhibition opening: 17_9_2015/ 22.00

Exhibition dates: 18_9 – 24_10_2015


Katarína Polia?iková, Nikolai Nekh

Curator: Markéta Stará Condeixa



“It is not technology itself that is dangerous but the forgetting of “seeing” that realizes it self through it.”


At the core of any technological or scientific advancement lies the inherent notion of human desire for proximity and understanding. The greater the distance between the human and its subject, the greater is our longing to capture it. With the break of the Enlightenment, followed by Modernity’s plea for progress, growth and the conquering of the unknown – may these be the “distant lands” on Earth or the Interplanetary -, have become one of the driving forces of mankind. Representation as a solid proof has naturally played a vital role in this process, by reducing the distance between the human eye and its subject, allowing thus visibility to take its lead as the dominant sign and the proof of being.


Although living in a highly abstract world determined by the virtual healthsavy.com flow of capital and information systems, the idea of abstraction in the original sense of the term of alienating subjects from their source(s), in many ways still generates a feeling of unease, feeding into our desire to further capture and explore reality as a means of lasting proof. To what extent however, does this virtual materialisation bring us closer to the real subject/object and what is as a result of these operational systems lost on the way? Does technology allow us to see more or only better and less? And to what extent do technological advancements allow us to see only static fragments or video loops of distant realities that feed into our need for permanency and understanding, yet simultaneously conceal the so called real with the illusion of greater proximity?


Nocturnal Measurements and the Invisible State of Shine brings together newly developed works by Slovakian artist Katarína Polia?iková, currently in residency at SYNTAX and Portuguese artist Nikolai Nekh.

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in residency: Katarína Polia?iková


2_7 – 1_10_2015


Katarína Polia?iková (1982) is one of the leading Slovakian artists of her generation. Her work revolves around the subject of memory, history, temporality, the archival and issues of appropriation, frequently examining the gaps and the grey zones between the past and the present.


Her subtle and inconspicuous installations, settings and interventions frequently take as their point of departure found objects, images, places or unveiled personal histories. These serve as a conceptual backdrop or as a reference point for the construction of a new work, a new image, a new object – a new narrative. Polia?iková is not interested in perceiving and narrating the past as something static, but rather points to the inter-changeability of our understanding of history, which is based on specific zones of temporality, from which a past can be perceived or through which it can be appropriated.


Katarína Polia?iková has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions among other in New York, Berlin, Bratislava, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest or Vienna. In 2009 she won the ESSL AWARD. Katarína Polia?iková will take part in a residency at SYNTAX between July and August 2015, with a solo exhibition of her work at SYNTAX opening in September 2015 and a series of accompanying events during the two summer months.



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Exhibition opening: 7_5_2015/ 22.00

Exhibition dates: 8_5 – 27_6_2015


Jan Brož & Richard Nikl, André Sousa, Olga Cerkasova, Iain Ball

Curator: Markéta Stará Condeixa



The current cultural condition can be best described as the culture of multiples. Multiple identities, multiple carriers, multiple tasks, multiple platforms up on which we simultaneously operate, keeping the relation and hierarchy between the one and the many in constant flux. The self has been hybridised into a complex rhizome of multiple coexistences, sudden deaths and immediate rebirths. The life span of one does not necessarily determine the life span of the other, yet is frequently determined by the total number of multiples that one is able to generate and maintain. We have given up on an information diet and said our fair well to the aesthetics of mental and physical sanity, allowing thus the corporate culture and the FEAR OF MISSING OUT (FOMO) – the cause and the effect -, to determine and run our current state of affairs, may this be within, or outside of the brackets of cultural/artistic production.


As any other field of production, contemporary art practice and present culture at large have been shaped by the condition of multiples and the corporatisation (industrialisation) of its systems. Artists and curators have been turned into cultural workers and producers, working under multiple identities at various virtual and physical sites. Creation has been exchanged for production and labour, and quality for the monetarisation of intellectual capital and institutional branding. The romantic perception of the independent artist whose work is based on introspection, solitude, reflection or semi-detached criticality is a dead horse as is the concept of any sort of offline romanticism. Cultural production is more than ever defined by the speed and efficiency of its participants, access to information, quantity of what is produced, and the contexts within which, what is produced, can be consumed or present its virtual or physical multiples, may these be connected to a multiple self or to the multiplicity of its products.


The build in heretics’ of art practice are more than ever before challenged by its own operational system, its flow and the channels that it has appropriated, multiples of which have become the subjects of their scrutiny. An outside no longer exists. Criticality can only take place from within the virtual landscape of information capital, where hierarchy is determined by the speed fed by our own FEAR OF MISSING OUT.

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Sorry for all the ups and downs


Exhibition opening: 7_5_2015/ 22.00

Exhibition dates: 8_5 – 27_6_2015


Iza Tarasewicz

Curator: Markéta Stará Condeixa



The point of departure for the work of Polish artist Iza Tarasewicz is matter. Her frequently complex installations and installation sets can be best described as spatiotemporal events where various forms of matter meet, merge, interact and through the process of dislocation, undergo temporal transformations. Binary relations such as the organic and the inorganic, the natural and the artificial are rendered secondary. All is brought to life through a careful process of revaluation restructuring, misplacement and a sense of organic chaos. All is in, yet at the same time out of place, prompting new energetic and spatial affairs.


Sorry for all the ups and downs is a continuation of a series of exhibitions started in 2014 by Strange Attraction and followed by Collaborating Objects Radiating Environments, The Means, The Milieu and By the apparent impossibility of arranging signs. By the appropriation of materials from respective exhibitions and their variation, the current exhibition can be best described as an open structure, pointing to the countless pharmacy-no-rx.net possibilities of relational sets that operate within the construction of material wholes. Taking the material nature of the human body as an essential part of its constellation, the installation aims to challenge the relationship of the human body – in this case the body of the spectator -, to the installation elements, pointing thus to the transformation in bodily relations to aspects of the real and the virtual, and the transition in our understanding of material bodily presence in times, where conventional spatio-temporal relations are being rendered obsolete.


Iza Tarasewicz (1981) is one of the key representatives of Polish artists of her generation. She has exhibited her work in numerous institutions such as Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp), BWA Warsaw or the Polish Institute in Berlin. She is currently nominated for the Zacheta National Gallery art award. Iza Tarasewicz is the second artist in residency at Syntax where she will present her work in a series of events held between May 2nd and July 1st 2015.

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in residency: Iza Tarasewicz


2_5 – 1_6_2015


The work of Polish artist Iza Tarasewicz (1981) serves as temporary conduit for a meeting of substances, energies, locations, temporalities, intonations, and concepts, which the artist identifies as events in a continuous series of material and symbolic interaction. Her sensitive examination and transformation of materials is a complex interpretive exercise that often manifests in objects, spaces, graphs, drawings, sounds, videos, and performative actions.


Her objects and arrangements are base things that resist the binary of natural and artificial, joining together quotidian, ignoble, or emblematic material such as clay, plaster, concrete, gold, steel, glass, tar, animal fat, skin, fur, intestines, plasticine, plant fibres, dung, and ash. Often bordering on hylozoism (the concept that all matter and non-matter has life), each object or arrangement is invested in exploring the affecting nature of its material makeup and challenges the viewer to consider both; the vital energetic relationship in all things, and the inextricable interrelation of chaos and order.


The practice of Iza Tarasewicz distils, combines, deconstructs and redirects materials so as to rediscover hidden aspects and relations, while equally signifying a contingency or deficiency in rational, human understanding to access such properties.


Iza Tarasewicz is taking part in the SYNTAX residency project from May 2rd to June 1st 2015. She will present her work in a solo exhibition SORRY FOR ALL UPS AND DOWNS and a series of following events.



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9_6_2015/ 19.30

A presentation by Post Brothers


It’s a cubist bit of dark, an aperture in any surface, and yet a thing, physically promiscuous, malleable and expandable, foldable and rollable, poured, printed, or painted. IT does what it PLEASES. It’s behavior is as elastic as its form.


A project applied to different circumstances and constantly pulling information into its murky center, this lecture examines the aesthetic, philosophical and socio-political possibilities of the portable hole. A principle object in cartoon physics, the portable hole can serve as a tool to account for an irrational world through its myriad precarious properties.


Originally developed in 2008 as part of Gintaras Didžiapetris’ artist magazine NINETY (#2), the project has since been presented at such venues as ŠMC/Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania), Gruentaler 9 (Berlin, Germany), The 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012, (Shanghai, China), Paleisje voor Volksvlijt (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Will Brown (San Francisco, USA), and COCO Kunstverein (Vienna, Austria). Portions have also been published as text in numerous other projects.

Post Brothers is a critical enterprise that includes Matthew Post—an independent curator and writer working from Bialystok. He recently curated “Tongues Alike” by Liudvikas Buklys at ŠMC/Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius (2015), “By the Apparent Impossibility Of Arranging Signs” by Iza Tarasewicz at Galeria Arsenal in Bialystok (2014), “12 Hours” by Karl Larsson at Galerie Kamm in Berlin (2014), “The Excluded Third, Included” at Galerie Emanuel Layr in Vienna (2014) and “Clinamen” by Iza Tarasewicz at Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture (Krolikarnia) in Warsaw (2013). His essays and articles have been published in Annual Magazine, the Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt, Cura, Fillip, Kaleidoscope, Mousse, Nero, Art Papers, Pazmaker, Punkt, and Spike Art Quarterly, as well as in numerous artist publications and exhibition catalogues.

in residency: Johana Pošová


4_3 – 1_5_2015


Prague based artist Johana Pošová belongs to the youngest generation of Czech artists. The point of departure for her work is the medium of photography. Her early works are figurative, staged and frequently intimate compositions that bare a strong emphasis on capturing gesture and detail. In her recent work Johana has took a turn towards the abstract. Making the photogram a central point of her practice, the process of composition now takes place inside of the black room, rather than before the camera.


Approaching the object/subject from a different, yet more direct angle – her photographic collages, compositions and spatial objects are comprised of images and objects to which a sense of materiality is essential. Johana introduces a whole new world in her work, a world that is semi-abstract and based on a sense of familiar strangeness, which through the emphasised buy cipro online process of its composition, becomes (almost) possible to touch.


Johana Pošová is taking part in the SYNTAX residency project from March 3rd to May 1st 2015. She will present her work in an exhibition with Ana Manso entitled WET WET SUNSET EAR ON A WALL, and a series of following events.




The SYNTAX residencies 2015 project is realized with the kind support of the International Visegrad Fund.

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Exhibition opening: 12_3_2015/ 22.00

Exhibition dates: 13_3 – 25_4_2015


Lewis & Taggart


Paperwork is the first exhibition of the Canadian, Norway-based artist duo Andrew Taggart and Chloe Lewis in Portugal. Central to their practice is the object in its material sense; object as the subject of limitless interpretation and meaning, the capacity of which frequently evades the knowing grasp. Within the practice of Lewis & Taggart, specific emphasis is given to the dual role of objects as both constructs of human desire and autonomous entities with agency of their own, and to the tensions that emerge from such a duality.


Paperwork presents a selection of works from recent years alongside a new series of collages entitled Economic Abstractions (2015), developed especially for the Lisbon show. Like with many of their works, the object at the core of these new pieces is drawn from the periphery of a centralised economy, where it operates as by-product, as excess, or as residue of human action. The exhibition title is suggestive of waste, whether that of paper or that of time. The gesture of recycling at play in the artworks can thus be understood as a productive means towards the production of new subjects.

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Exhibition opening: 12_3_2015/ 22.00

Exhibition dates: 13_3 – 25_4_2015


Johana Pošová, Ana Manso

Curator: Markéta Stará Condeixa


The exhibition brings together works by Portuguese artist Ana Manso and Czech artist Johana Pošová, the first resident of SYNTAX. The exhibition title is derived from the merging of recent projects by respective artists; an exhibition by Johana Pošová, segment of which is presented in the current show and a literal description of a work by Ana Manso.


Although both artists work in different media, their work shares a common ground; this being the proximity of the body to what and how is represented. The exhibition is composed of a series of photograms and textile objects by Johana Pošová and a series of figurative wall paintings by Ana Manso. Temporal blocks and layers of time blend into one another, making the process of the work and the physical contact with the surface an essential part of the final result. The image operates as an archetype – a symbol or motif, which serves as a sheet for association and the merging of worlds where one can find his own.


Although it could be argued that both artists are headed in an opposite direction, one towards the abstract and the other towards the figurative, they meet half way, somewhere between reality and dream, somewhere between fiction and truth, in a place where the proximity to the abstracted image is determined by the texture of the real thing and the sense of familiar strangeness.

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Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously


Exhibition opening: 15_1_2015/ 22.00

Exhibition dates: 16_1 – 1_3_2015


Micha? Budny, Gonçalo Sena, Ji?í Thýn

Curator: Markéta Stará Condeixa


Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously questions conventional means of curatorship based on classification, categorisation, division and rationalisation — in other words a key, which has become characteristic for curatorial work and the “reading” of an exhibition.With the gradual shift of artistic practice towards the poetic and the so called mental landscape of the artist a deeper questioning of exhibition production, based on frequently reductive methods of classification is at hand.


The exhibition brings together the work of three artists for whose work a poetic, performative and spatial method of practice becomes characteristic. Exchanging a conventional curatorial language, for the poetic, intuitive and spatial, the exhibition aims to question conventional narrative structures, the construction of meaning within the medium of an exhibition and the role of the spectator within such a space of an imaginary play.

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