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JOAO BISCAINHO
BODY TERMINALS

OCTOBER 8 - NOVEMBER 5, 2022

BODY TERMINALS in UMBIGO MAGAZINE.
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" - Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled body parts, Spare terminals yearning to breathe free ."


- A satirical appropriation of the poem "The New Colossus”
by Emma Lazarus

Body Terminals is a series of sculpture, installation and work on paper to explore the evolution of the body in a post-human context.  The affirmation of the free individual in society, as acquired in modernity, has been progressively fragmented by the division of their own identity, by the division and possible transformation of the parts of their own bodies, as terminals of connection and undifferentiated functioning of their origin.

For Biscainho, these terminals are now autonomous organs or quick-replacement body parts, which establish simultaneous and networked connections with other organs, other bodies, devices, electronic machines and screens. This is the result of an already established social organization fuelled by the production and consumption of new technologies in amalgamation with commerce and chemistry, biology and genetics.

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Born 1979 Portalegre, João Biscainho is an academic, artist and curator based in Lisbon, Portugal. Recently appointed guest curator at MNAC - National Museum for Contemporary Art, Lisbon and published in Garage Journal – an initiative by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow.

Biscainho has presented solo institutional exhibitions at SE8 Gallery, London supported by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Centro Artes Espetáculo Portalegre (CAEP) and Galeria Fundação Amélia de Mello, UCP, Lisbon.  
Selected institutional group exhibition include Whitechapel Gallery, London and Museum of Contemporary Art and National Gallery Mala Stanica, Skopje. Forthcoming solo presentation at Appleton, Lisbon (2023). 

Public collections include Foundation Leal Rios Collection, Lisbon, Museum of Installation, London, Collection of Budapest Galeria, Budapest, Faculdade Belas Artes, Lisbon, Collection Luís & Safira Serpa, Lisbon and Collection Luís Valadas Fernandes, Lisbon.
João Biscainho

Need to Forget (eraser)
Silicon rubber; 2,5 (Ø) x 6,7 cm, glass, chroma key colour (Pantone 354C) paint
25 x 21.7 x 0.3 cm
2008

“... a silicon rubber casting of the artist’s thumb placed on glass underneath painted in choma key colour. In particular, the artist brings to attention ‘chroma keying’ which is widely used as digital post-production editing technique in cinematic media for replacing backgrounds, scenarios, landscapes that spatially frame the filmed objects and actions.
Need to Forget (eraser) (2008) could be perceived as symbolic for the transition of human social life into the digital sphere – our individual self are willing participants namely through the gesture of the thumb sliding on the glass of a smartphone. “

- from catalogue text. 




João Biscainho

L’Origine du Monde 
Melted plastic
10,5 x 4,6 x 2,2 cm
2009

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João Biscainho

Collapsed Bubbles (diptych no.1)
Soap, water, Radio Frequency blocking ink, squid and India black ink on paper
35,6 x 66 cm  unframed
Unique
2021

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João Biscainho

Corner Batch
Raw Alpaca wool
80 x 80 x 80 cm (X,Y,Z axis)
2022
João Biscainho

Glazing Gaze
Polished stainless steel, glucose glazing, shelving unit
2022