Taking Stuart Hall’s essay Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse as a point of departure, viewers will be invited to think about how meaning is constructed; how it is systematically distorted by audience reception and how it can be detached and drained of its original intent to produce specific or slanted narratives. Hall’s interdisciplinary approach drew on literary theory, linguistics, and cultural anthropology in order to analyse and articulate the relationship between history, culture, popular media, cold war politics, gender and ethnicity. By presenting the work of artists who bring into play time, memory and archives so as to construct new readings of the past, the exhibition will lay emphasis on the idea that the ‘‘visual’’ is an assimilatory process continuously at work in the construction of cultural, political, personal and national identities.
with: Terry Adkins, John Akomfrah, Sven Augustijnen, Shelagh Keeley, Steve Mcqueen, Zineb Sedira.
Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisboa,