Tekhnê was the Greek word for Art. It linked art to the technique of knowing how to do it, of understanding the limits and possibilities of materials, of transforming things according to the rules of accumulated knowledge.
Due to political and cultural needs, a hierarchical separation between art and craft was created: between who did what, with what, for what and for whom.

In this RÉSVÉS we went back to the roots: 12 artists who learn, touch, smell, make, speak, experience, understand and know the work and ancestral practice of artisans in the municipality of Castro Marim.
Each of us, over the course of ten days of residency, incorporated ideas into the projects presented here, which are only possible after sharing these brief contacts: they are not finished works, they are part of the experimentation and process of those who just marveled.

Kneading, painting, ripping, photographing, spinning, harvesting, lacing, contracting, filming, sewing, printing, carding, drawing, weaving, throwing, carving, exposing, mowing, molding, assembling. All of this is part of the same deep contact with materials: with what they are and can become for others. In contact – we feel here – the delicate relationships between land, time, effort and detail; the cycles of raw material, the concentration and repetition necessary to intertwine objects and people.

If craft isn't art, then this isn't an exhibition.

Valter Ventura
for the exhibition "RésVés - Artistic Residence"
Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
Castro Marim, Algarve, 2019