Manuel Lobo Antunes, the Ambassador of Portugal:
"Hugo Lami´s works are, in a word, fundamentally modern. A display of colour, humour and deep irony about the human condition in our strange times. Above all they remind us of the complexity of the world we now live in. [...] We are not authors of our destiny anymore, but simple actors. We lost control of the reality. This is, I think, the main message of Hugo´s art."
In Life Found on Moon exhibition Hugo Lami’s work embarks on a search for life that isn’t dominated by simulacra and simulations. The paintings revisit symbols and signs that compose our technological and cultural evolution and have replaced the actual reality.
By going to space we have the chance to return and cultivate life like the first generations of Homo Sapiens on Earth. Not just using and exploiting the planet in the same ways we have for generations but instead learning to grow and live within it. Maybe we’ve taken our natural world for granted because we have no memory of how it began, but if we re-create life in a new environment, where it seems hard or even impossible, then maybe we will more fully appreciate our own remarkable existence.
The concept of the exhibition focuses on how traveling to space could refresh the meaning of life by shifting the way we look at nature and the Earth. By distancing ourselves from our planet we might gain a clearer perspective as we become alien to our own way of living. Throughout the exhibition, Hugo Lami’s bold works dwell in a world where old and new, fake and real, artificial and natural meet in a fantastical and surreal melange of myth, science fiction and pop culture, daring us to reimagine the reality of the micro and macro cosmos in which we live.
ArtworksA selection of artworks from the show