Quando Somos 2, Somos Três was a duo show of Sara Bichão and Manon Harrois at the Portuguese Foundation of Communications in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2018. It was organised by Galeria Bessa Pereira.
“When you’re alone, there are two of you. When there are two of you, there are actually three. When there are more than two, you’re alone.” I’m not sure when I read or heard these sentences, but I retain the memory of the reaction I had then: I knew them already, somehow – in my flesh. It makes little difference that our truths don’t belong to us; the less they’re “ours”, the more we recognize the authenticity of a genuinely piercing intensity. That recognition happens in solitude and can only be shared by two. Measurements are not dimensions.”
Mariano Piçarra, teacher and creative at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2018
“Sometimes it’s even better when there’s two of us, it’s a game. We throw the ball back and forth, we move around, change our position. Here, that’s the heart of the matter with Manon and Sara: from where they depart and the paths they go through. The starting point is a cross, the one called «gendarme»; yet again, stories of circulation. Located in Cantal, this cross is devoid of its horizontal bar; a vertical cylinder remains, of which the imprint is serving as a standard to create the experience of a landscape. To measure what involves them and give it a proper language was the work of Manon and Sara. What we see appearing right now is what we would understand as paths.”
Martial Deflacieux, curator and director of Artistes en Résidence in Clermont Ferrand, 2017
© Pedro Guimarães
Digital catalog of the exhibition, below: