HARD TO BE
JOHN ROMÃO & ROMEU RUNA
The obsession is not new; it was already present in earlier pieces that actively looked for the human in the body, which today tends to be covered in excesses, where wealth and speed are synonymous and threaten the construction of identities with the conscience of citizenship. This is part of the aesthetics and ethics of disappearance that dominate our contemporaneity.
In Hard to be a god, “disappearance” refers to the body as camouflage or dissimilation. The perfecting of disappearance techniques, associated with the development of the industrial-military-scientific complex, dominates the everyday.
What is happening today is the disappearance of place and individual at the same time. The disappearance of the individual inside his own body? Or the dissimulation of the body via disappearance of the individual? In Hard to be a god, the body is an anthropomorphic object, a sort of proto-language that reveals a reduced occupation of the human inside the human.
CAPC / JARDIM DA SEREIA (COIMBRA, PT)
21 FEBRUARY 2017
PAVILHÃO BRANCO / GALERIAS MUNICIPAIS EGEAC, programmed by BOCA - BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS (LISBON, PT)
26 APRIL 2017
CENTRO CULTURAL RECOLETA (BUENOS AIRES, AR)
14 – 15 DECEMBER 2017
Concept and Direction: John Romão
With: Romeu Runa
Sound Design: Tiago Cerqueira
Drone Operators: André Gomes and Luís Graciano
Technical Direction: Carlos Ramos
Production Assistance: Vanda Noronha
Support: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, Galerias Municipais / EGEAC
This project was funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture - DGArtes