Inês Rebelo’s work leads us on a virtual expedition, between fantasy and science, to outer space. Her work establishes a relation between the “inner” terrestrial World and the “outer” cosmic world, and illustrates our incapability to understand realities beyond the human scale. In her imaginary an event from earth’s remote past can be compared with an event which could take place in a distant galaxy, this very moment. What happened in the beginning of terrestrial times and what happens today in outer space have something in common: there are no witnesses. Rebelo is interested in our possible perception of a life that unfolds without human witnesses, without “perception” as such; which is no doubt why photos of outer space and other scientific diffusion materials are a fundamental source of inspiration for her work. This is how her space play-cards come about, or her ten hour clock (the terrestrial hours a day lasts in Saturn), her black perforated tent (in which we can always lay under a starry sky), or her paintings on aluminum: perfectly enameled to produce a precious and impeccable object, but also produced following proceedings which are closer to the ways of the cosmos that to the human hand. An artist’s hand which, though absorbed in a deeply manual task, manages to become invisible.
Inês Rebelo is MFA by Goldsmiths College, Universitiy of London. She currently lives and works in London. In 2006 she was awarded the Calouste Gulbenkian Grant by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Londres and in 2009 the Fidelidade Mundial Art Prize. She has exhibited her work individually in London (The Old Police Station, 2010) and Lisbon (Round the corner, 2010; Paulo Amaro Contemporary Art, 2009) and in group shows in The Raymond Gun Gallery, London, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Union Fenosa, A Coruña, Globe Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, Espaço Avenida, Lisbon, Standpoint Gallery, London, Gasworks, London, Three Colts Gallery, London, Temporary Contemporary, London, o Arte Periferica, Lisbon, amongst other places. Her work is part of the Associação Industriais Portugueses art collection and the Culturgest collection.