Pongo mi pie desnudo en el umbral / Appleton

Appleton (Lisbon, PT)
15 June / 22 July 2021
Curator: David Barro


Pongo mi pie desnudo en el umbral is the last chapter of a project by Christian García Bello (Galicia, 1986) for Appleton (Lisbon, PT) and Fundación DIDAC (Santiago de Compostela, ES) curated by David Barro. This exhibition is based on a short story written by the artist which is the tale of a discovery: the travel diaries of a woman named Dirse who made a pilgrimage from Antwerp (Flanders, Belgium) to A Guarda (Galicia, Spain) sometime between the 16th and 17th centuries and who spent her last days on the Monte de Santa Trega, looking at the route and the mouth of the river Miño, the natural threshold that separates Galicia from Portugal.

The title —a verse by the Galician poet José Ángel Valente— leads us to think of a story that begins, that advances by walking, touching, stepping, as happens in the story that forms the backbone of the project.

This exhibition is presented as a collection of fragmented and overlapping views on the history of Dirse that punctuate the room and articulate a spatial narrative around the landscape, spirituality, ritualism and architecture, articulating the sanity of vernacular forms with the austerity of materials to build complex, poetic and sophisticated devices. The main twist of this second exhibition is the incorporation of a number of variations on my own pieces.


Bruno Lopes

Dirse. Un relato de Christian García Bello