Pedro Barateiro: Crying in Public. installation view Kunsthalle Münster 2023 / Courtesy the artist and Galeria Folomena Soares, Lisbon. Photo: Volker Renner
Pedro Barateiro: Crying in Public
Jul 2 – Oct 1, 2023
Kunsthalle Münster
Münster, Germany

Crying in Public is the first solo exhibition held in a German art institution by the Portuguese artist, Pedro Barateiro. In his works, which include sculptures, drawings, films, texts and performances he questions the mechanisms and structures of post-capitalist societies, as well as that of the individual from himself. At a time when the world seems to be increasingly out of joint, characterised by a lack of orientation and helplessness, whereby dissatisfaction and distancing are rampant, Barateiro focuses on the question of how we can change the way we relate to one another and to the world around us.


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A previously given, unquestioned relationship of humankind to themselves and to their environment seems to have been disrupted, turned upside down, destroyed. Against this very background, Barateiro plays with the essential means of orientation and disorientation. His works serve as instruments of self-reassurance, allowing one to question one’s own position in the world. His art makes it possible to stay in touch with one’s own humanity; it offers space for vulnerability, imagination and dreams. To this end, he relies on emotion and intimacy to counteract an increasingly prevalent trend toward casual insensitivity. Accordingly, his recourse to the epoch of Romanticism, which emerged as a reaction to the rational philosophy of the Enlightenment and the fundamental motifs of which being emotion, passion, individuality and individual experience, seems almost like a logical consequence. After all, his art is characterised by a melancholy yearning for a perfect place where protean commonality and affection stand innocently before monolithic commodity-form. In order to decolonise our bodies and minds, Barateiro uses poetry as an instrument. In a sublime and reposeful way, a kind of anaesthesia is countered, insensibility is deconstructed, and that very moment is harnessed in a palpable form.

Kunsthalle Münster
Munster, Germany

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