Antonia Gaeta talks about curating Art Brut

13 de November, 2023

The Portreto de la Animo exhibition and parallel activities are the focus of the Art & Health programme in 2023, continuing the cultural offer aimed at minimising the impact of mental illness.


Portreto de la Animo can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

On 22 November, the parallel programme of the Portreto de la Animo Art Brut Etc. exhibition offers a guided tour by Antónia Gaeta on the theme of “Curating Art Brut”.


Antonia Gaeta has a degree in Conservation of Cultural Property from the University of Bologna. She has a Master’s degree in Curatorial Studies from FBAUL and a PhD in Contemporary Art from the College of Arts of the University of Coimbra.


Since 2003 she has developed research, publishing and exhibition projects with various art institutions in Portugal and abroad. She has published texts in art catalogues, specialist magazines and exhibition programmes.


She was the executive coordinator of the Portuguese representations at the Venice Art Biennale (2009 and 2011 editions) and the São Paulo Art Biennale (2008 and 2010 editions) for DGARTES. In 2015 she began her regular collaboration with the Treger Saint Silvestre Collection on deposit at the Oliva Art Centre. In October 2019 she opened VERÃO in Lisbon, a space for experimentation in the visual arts.


Curator of the exhibition Nobody. Only me, an exhibition that results from the residency and support project for artistic creation coordinated by Antonia Gaeta around the exhibition Jaime: “I saw a dog of mine with wolves”. The artists were invited to engage in a dialogue with the life and work of Jaime Fernandes, a cult outsider artist whose work has remained known mainly through the film Jaime (1974) by António Reis and not so much through direct contact with his drawings.


Antonia Gaeta proposed a reflection on the author’s imaginary and the particularities of his biography: Jaime Fernandes (1899-1969) was diagnosed with schizophrenia and hospitalised for more than three decades at the Miguel Bombarda Hospital (Lisbon); drawing and writing emerged late and unexpectedly in the last years of his life, in the context of hospital confinement.


Thus, the works in Nobody. Only me weave threads related to ideas about “restricted experience”; “complementarity between experience and description”; “imagination and memory”, reconfiguring and materialising an inner world of subjective and poetic laws.