‘Against the Wall’ by Marlene Dumas Opens at Serralves Museum

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Marlene Dumas - "The Wall", 2009 - Oil on linen, 70 7/8 x 118 1/8 x 1 inches, 180 x 300 x 2.5 cm. - Courtesy of Serralves Museum

PORTO.- Marlene Dumas is an artist whose
work is
widely acknowledged and highly respected for focusing the painterly
practice on
the bare necessities of accommodating the things to be painted –
refraining from
temptations to create aesthetic surplus value. At the same time she aims
at some
of the most crucial issues of contemporary life, namely the way human
beings are
identified and bound by categories such as race, gender, religion,
family ties
and their affiliation with a particular nation. Her work is personal and

autobiographical, and at the same time comprehensive in its scope. Grown
up in
South Africa and living in Holland since 1976, the thinking of Marlene
Dumas is
deeply informed by her experience of apartheid. Many of her works take
as their
starting point political and social conditions of segregation,
oppression and
domination to explore the fragilities of existence, the difficulties of
living
together, feelings of fear and anxiety, desire and expectation, and the
conditions of love and war. On view 3 July through 10
October.