Teresa Dias Coelho

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PORTUGAL, 1954

Teresa Dias Coelho’s work is marked by what a Portuguese poet summed up as a “Time of Ghosts”. These ghosts can be from individuals, family stories which we only access through details given to us – the feet, the shoes, the positions and the assumptions they raise – as from anonymous collectives of those same days: portraits of paralysis or fight. If in her painting the “figurative evidence” seems to hide these ghosts to some extent, it is in the drawing that they gain greater density, like a siren or an alert in the fog of memory. Turn Again, the series to which these drawings belong, can be read in this way – the resistance and persistence of drawing.