Julião Sarmento, Nada, 2017
Julião Sarmento is featured in the second edition of the Ostend Triennial, The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely at Mu.ZEE in Ostend, Belgium. Curated by Flemish artist Jan Fabre and art historian Joanna De Vos, the exhibition includes the work of 75 artists from Belgium and abroad, whose collective 120 works are shown at various venues accross the seaside city. The title and curatorial starting point of the exhibition comes from thorough research conducted into The Raft of the Medusa (1818) by Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre’s Art is (not) Lonely (1986). Although there is an unmistakable 170-year time difference and differing historical origins, both works find commonality in their visualisation of the expedition and the destination of the artist.
The exhibition includes existing work, but Fabre and De Vos were also eager to encourage artists to produce works especially for the Ostend exhibition. For Sarmento's participation, he created a new installation, titled Nada, which mirrors the exact dimensions of The Raft of Medusa, which hangs in the Louvre.
The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely is on view through April 15, 2018.