NOVO BANCO Concurso Nacional de Inovação


It is a space located in the financial district of Lisbon and represents a turning point in the bank's approach to that which it has elected as the core area of its cultural patronage policy: photography.

In Exhibition:

On Escape and Concurrence: Inverting the gaze, curated by Sérgio Fazenda.

On Escape and Concurrence: Inverting the gaze is an exhibition brought forth by the NOVO BANCO Contemporary Photography Collection and investigates the nature and procedures of a contemplative stare. Based on a search for what involves the act of seeing – from an analytical selection, to a melancholic reflection, or to the possibility of a wholesomeness - the idea of this exhibition departs from an objective perception towards a transcendent one.

To look is to operate a mental control that sets a distance, captures a moment and focus upon a situation. Staring implies a mode of selecting and naming things, but to hold the gaze upon something means to capture it beyond its appearance, beholding its inner nature.

The idea supporting the notion of Escape and Concurrence refers to what emerges from the moment when the action is abandoned and the gaze is set free, or to the instant where the focus of our attention is set out of focus. In fact, that is the precise moment when one directs the gaze, no longer outwards, but inwards, and where one explores the image no longer in an analytical mode, but in an emotional one.

Grounded on the relations between the one who sees, the ways of seeing, and the things that are seen, this exhibition seeks to find out what in each work promotes an uncertain boundary. Questioning the nature of the image, the ways of seeing, and the condition of the observer.

About Espaço NOVO BANCO

The NOVO BANCO Contemporary Art collection is accessible to the public through this space with exhibitions that take place there.

The purpose of the bank is to divulge and provide a contact with contemporary art to people who are not regular museum goers.

It is open on business days from 9 am to 7 pm, and entrance is free.

Previous Exhibition:

Exhibition * 27 - "Linhas de Diálogo" - Works of Collections Fundación Coca-Cola and NOVO BANCO Contemporary Art. Curated by Lorena Martínez de Corral, the exhibition presented works of Portuguese and Spanish artists. 


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