Celeno & Gryllidae

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Exhibition MArt Contemporary Artist Art Daniel Alfacinha Lisbon Sculpture Installation Celeno Greek Mythology

May 2015

Designed for the “Vaga Luz” (“Faint Light”) exhibition at the Medeiros e Almeida House-Museum, Celeno was built from salvaged wreckage of the erection of the new Hotel Vincci, in the heart of the capital.

As soon as it materialized Celeno invaded a realm dominated by monumental statues, glorious dignified and sensual allusions of the Human. The unexpected apparition tears up the mise en scène by signaling the coffin and the wreck in an ode to the fragile balance of the teetering skull.

Exhibition MArt Contemporary Artist Art Daniel Alfacinha Lisbon Sculpture Installation Celeno Greek Mythology
Exhibition MArt Contemporary Artist Art Daniel Alfacinha Lisbon Sculpture Installation Celeno Greek Mythology Jun Jiang Performance

The symbiosis with Run Jiang's nuptial performance completed the ceremonial cycle of the allusion to death and rebirth.

Exhibition MArt Contemporary Artist Art Daniel Alfacinha Lisbon Sculpture Installation Celeno Greek Mythology
Exhibition MArt Contemporary Artist Art Daniel Alfacinha Lisbon Sculpture Installation Celeno Greek Mythology
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August 2015

Driven by the totemic energy of Celeno I followed a trail into the forest.

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Along the way I came across countless piles of garbage, and confronting one in particular, I received clear instructions for a certain task.

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After two days I concluded the work, and Grillydae was raised and circumscribed within a protective circle.

Unauthorized access to this remote location was overcome through my guide Romeu.

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November 2015

Celeno is selected for the exhibition at the Loures Biennale. Shortly after it being delivered to the Jury for appraisal regarding the prize to be awarded, I am contacted and informed of an accident with the piece.

The empty skull fell straight to the floor, shattering across the immaculate museum floor.

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The process of regeneration was nourished by Grillydae's roots which, sunk within the Earth, extracted from Time the idea of Cyclicity, thus substituting one teetering skull for another, distinct in shape, equal in fate.

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 Photography by the Artist.

Translation from Portuguese by Guilherme Sancho

DANIEL  ALFACINHA