Lourenço Soares, Landscape Paradise: A Dialogue, 2018. Installation view

Landscape Paradise: A Dialogue

2018. Video, no sound, 7′ 34″

A dialogue in Paradise. A study for a landscape: what images can we use to represent our dreams and fears in the context of a natural crisis? And a love story. A and E arrive to paradise; or to an image of paradise - a photographic album or a virtual reality. There might be some problems with time and space: are our bodies still here? The idea of paradise, of a place we can return to, may make us feel better about our future, but when acid rain rains, it rains everywhere.

Lourenço Soares, IMAGES (Love Story Or Weather Forecast), 2019. One of a series of slides

IMAGES (Love Story Or Weather Forecast)

2019. Slideshow, sound

one image. click. another. etc.

Lourenço Soares, Natural Death, 2018. Video still

Natural Death

2018. Video, no sound, 8′ 40″

About the virtues of a natural death. The description of the decomposition of a human body and the constitution of a plant. Organic processes of dispersion and composition that reorganize the bodies: matter moved from one place to another: not an I but an IT. AND. Behind it, plastic plants: forms built from the material transformation of organic matter into mineral (oil: fossil fuel), from death to life to death, a geological past made present: a fossil. Death is not a permanent event. It is a natural history that shows us that something will grow from our remains. Here it is the possibility of reincarnation.

Lourenço Soares, Dinosaur Wallpaper (with four illustrations based on Zdenek Burian), 2019. Detail

Of Gardens and Dinosaur Wallpaper (with four illustrations based on Zdenek Burian)

2019. Text on paper, wallpaper

here we are. still. in the garden. from water. one after another. a weak creature - strong enough only to carry its name - trying to imagine its own destruction.


Lourenço Soares works with different mediums and methods focusing on the relationship between text-image/language-world. He is interested in the different forms of visualization and organization of the natural world. In his current project - The Atlas Of Natural Philosophy - he acknowledges the urgency of thinking the 6th mass extinction event, an event from which we are responsible and that concerns our own - and others - collective death.