Sergio Carronha | MONITOR

Sergio Carronha | MONITOR

curated by Margarida Mendes

16 apr 2019 – 31 may 2019

Portuguese artist Sergio Carronha’s (Cascai, 1984) debut exhibition in Rome, following his first solo show Land and Purpose at Monitor Lisbon the previous year.

Sergio Carronha
’s work is informed by landscapes, earth and all which it can be transformed and moulded into. His practice is tied to an intimate and sensorial relationship to nature. The countryside of the Alentejo, where the artist resides, is in fact the site and first source of inspiration for his poetic and ancestral art. It is precisely from this land – even in its acceptance of an atavistic element which evokes strength and regeneration – that Sergio Carronha obtains the raw material for his sculptures.

His inspiration comes from a constant referencing to the material of his works and the rituals they evoke. Ceramic and terracotta sculptures realised through ancient techniques, graffiti depicted using natural materials, and totemic sculptures all recall artefacts, archaeological exhibits and ancient decorations, reinterpreted here in a contemporary context.

The core theme of the exhibition titled Scale of Permanence is tied to the planet and its potential to be a perfectly balanced system for the growth of trees and plants through various transitions, but also in a more profound way to the spirituality which is connected to Sergio Carronha’s personal vision of art.

The installation at the gallery feature stone, mineral and ceramic sculptures, and articulate a veritable scale or an ordering of elements from ‘the most to the least permanent’ which highlight key moments in the process of the growth of nature.

Every sculpture are the bearer of its heritage of elemental meaning and recipient of a mystery, of the key to enter the innermost sanctum of the artist’s research.


Sérgio Carronha (Cascais, 1984).
Lives and works in Montemor-o-Novo.
2018 The pull of a well palced comma, Cur. João Mourão e Luís Silva, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Elvas Land and Purpose, MONITOR Lisbon, Lisbon.
2017 Ecumena, solo, Galeria Municipal de Montemor-o-Novo, Montemor-o-Novo.
2015 Inland View – Vista para o interior, A Montra, Lisbona.
2013 Apanha uma pedra.Atribui-lhe Valor., Cur. Maria do Mar Fazenda, Espaço Arte Tranquilidade, Lisbon
2012 Os seres sensiveis nos mundos da Forma e no mundo do desejo, Espaço Parkour, Lisbon.
2018 The pull of a well placed comma, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas/Colecção António Cachola, Cur. João Mourão & Luís Silva
2017 P3, Espaço Galeria do Banco, Lisbon, Prelude for a landscape, Cur. Martim Dias, Galeria Carlos Carvalho
2016 Questionamento 1 – Territorio, Cur. Martim Dias, Espaço Arte Jovem da Comunidade de Madrid Alexandre Camarao . Sérgio Carronha.,  Espaço Ar Sólido, Lisbon; Palácio do espanto, Cur. Bruno Marchand, Palácio da Galeria, Tavira Potencial, Projecto inserido Cidade Preocupada by Oficinas do Convento, Montemor-o-Novo
Questionamento – Território e Sociedade, Cur. Martim Dias, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães
2015 A 3 Bandas, Cur. Miguel Amado, Galeria F2, Madrid; Residências Artisticas, O cinas do Convento, Montemor-o-Novo Um Ciclo, Cur. João Rolaça, Galeria Municipal de Montemor-o-Novo
2014 12 Contemporâneos, Cur. Bruno Marchand, Museu de Serralves, Porto
2013 5a residencia artistica da Galeria Zé dos Bois, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon; Jaz aqui, nesta pequena praia extrema, Cur. Natxo Checa, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon; O peso das coisas, Cur. João Rolaça, Centro Cultural do Cartaxo, Cartaxo
2012 Say what you have to say put it on the table walk away and see what it does, Galeria Baginski, Lisbon


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