Extática Esfinge, 2017
Extática Esfinge, exhibition view at CIAJG, Guimarães
Gullet hook, 2015, cane, stones, string, aluminum, fabric, cotton, sponge, pine cone and acrylic paint,
213 × 23 × 12 cm
Extática Esfinge, exhibition view, idem
Sul (detail), 2016, plaster, wood, canvas, fabric, string, acrylic paint, sponge and plastic, 227 × 20 × 48 cm
Nexus, 2016, carpet, canes, string, concrete, acrylic paint and nails, 10 × 200 × 20 cm
Extática Esfinge, exhibition view, idem
(left) Coastal (experiment), 2016, jersey fabric, acrylic paint, graphite and latex, 107 x 224 cm (right) Nexus, 2016, carpet, canes, string, concrete, acrylic paint and nails, 10 × 200 × 20 cm
Deer, 2016, wood, sponge, fabric, string, aluminum and cotton, 134 × 50 × 20 cm
Untitled (from the series Protection from Apathy), 2017, fabric, latex, cotton, strings, wire, nails, watercolor and chocolate, 25 × 9 × 9 cm
Extática Esfinge, exhibition view, idem

Extática Esfinge, a solo project at a collective exhibition at CIAJG, Guimarães, in 2017, curated by Nuno Faria.

Some of the works shown were previously exhibited in My Sun Cries and Index.

© Courtesy of CIAJG

Sara Bichão’s working process binds with emotional channels: to heal, to purge, to perpetuate, to play. The works are sculptural with a chromatic atmosphere specific to its own, which at times, are activated by the artist through performative actions. The materials used are often collected/offered/stolen, or come from other recycled and organic resources. More recently, Bichão has also been exploring experimental writing.

Sara Bichão is currently developing a long-term collaboration with La S Grand Atelier – Art Brut et Contemporain, in Belgium.

She was an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited (New York, USA) and Finisterrae (Ouessant, FR) in 2022, and has attended other residencies over the past years including: Porta 33 (2020, Madeira, Portugal); Cité Internationale des Arts (2019, Paris, FR); Artistes en Résidence (2017, Clermont Ferrand, FR). She received scholarships from the French Institute (2019, 2022), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2014) and the Luso-American Foundation (2022).

A selection of her solo shows include: Before I Get Sick at MEEL, Press (2021, Lisbon); What is the thing, What is it at Galeria Filomena Soares (2020, Lisbon); Find me, I kill you at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2018, Lisbon); (2017) Coastal at Barbara Davis Gallery (2017, Houston); My Sun Cries at Portuguese Foundation of Communications (2016, Lisbon); Somebody’s Address at Rooster Gallery (2014, New York).

Some of her past group shows include: Slow Gala at 68 Art Institute (2022, Copenhagen); Twin Islands at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain (2022, France); (2022) Traverser la nuit: Works From the Antoine de Galbert Collection at Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (2022, Portugal); Performance 0 at BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts (2021, Portugal); Clorophilia at Porta33 (2021, Portugal); Storytelling at Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (2019, France); Un pyjama pour deux at Passages Centre for Contemporary Art in Troyes (2019, France); CHAMA at Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar (2018, Portugal); What I am at Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (2017, Portugal); }{ { } at Diagrama (2015, Mexico); 2015) Eccentric Exercise II at Kulturni Centar Beograda (2015, Serbia); Soundless Harmonies at Rita Urso Gallery (2014, Italy); Extending The Line at Arevalo Gallery (2012, USA).

Bichão was selected for the FLAD Drawing Prize (2021), Anteciparte’09 (2009), Fidelidade Mundial – Jovens Pintores (2009), BPI – FBAUL (2008).

Her work is part of art collections such as: Antoine de Galbert Collection, France; CACE (State’s Collection of Contemporary Art); FLAD (Luso American Foundation); PLMJ Foundation; EDP – MAAT Foundation; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Carmona e Costa Foundation; MidFirst Bank Collection, Arizona, USA.

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Sara Bichão
Palácio dos Coruchéus
Rua Alberto Oliveira, Atelier 41,
1700-019 Lisboa, Portugal

Galeria Filomena Soares
Rua da Manutenção n.º 80 (Xabregas),
1900-321 Lisboa, Portugal
+351 962 373 956

Barbara Davis Gallery
4411 Montrose Boulevard, Suite D
Houston, 77006 Texas, USA
+1 713 520 9200