Édipo / Antígona, Álvaro Siza
In a handcrafted accordion-fold book, entirely constructed by hand, Álvaro Siza has drawn a mythological narrative of indescribable cruelty, tenderness, and eroticism, reminiscent of the classical works of Sophocles.
The intimate notebook is accompanied by a silkscreen print, presented as a triptych, summarizing the tragedy of Oedipus. This allows, in some way, the imaginary talent of Álvaro Siza to be transferred to a wall.
A unique and unrepeatable series of 300 numbered and signed copies by the author
Includes a numbered and signed silkscreen print
"Myths have always been the best way to convey moral coordinates. Gathered around the muse of flames, our ancestors invented stories about ambiguous characters, allegorical circumstances, and immaterial lessons. Throughout these ten and a half meters of paper, Álvaro Siza manages to recreate that atmosphere of sitting around the fire, illuminated only by imagination.
Siza sketches burstfully, and the ink is never wasted. The hand acquires distinct qualities from the front to the back of the book, respectively more gestural and more detailed. The deceptive simplicity of the line drawing does not allow any mistakes to be hidden. The figures sometimes seem elongated or exaggerated to emphasize the right scale of the narrative action, scene by scene and in slow motion.
Some manuscripts, such as the mystical pustaha of Toba Batak, used the same accordion-fold technique for its beauty. However, Álvaro Siza exceeds all expectations with his leporello – the name responsible for Don Giovanni's long list of conquests. These sheets will be an everlasting monument to the artist(s) whose uniform is poetry and whose tool is their talent."
António Choupina, also an architect, curator, and author of important projects related to Álvaro Siza, whom he is a friend of, summarizes this Oedipus/Antigone in one of the texts accompanying the book (the other is by François Burkhardt, a historian and critic of architecture and design).
- 21 x 15 cm
- Coral Books
- Álvaro Lapa