The Armário is a non-profit art project that began in April 2014 in the same building, in Calçada da Estrela, where the project, A Montra, had been taking place since October 2013.
At the time, still shy, partly due to its intimate character, it made the first interventions appear a little anchored from those that happened in A Montra. Since then, without having any legal or fiscal figure, it has acquired over the years an almost anthropomorphic entity of its own, becoming a reference within the artistic community.
The formal structure of this furniture item, which gives the motto to this project, is a wooden cabinet, 2 metres high, 1.18 wide and 0.35 deep; made up of two glass doors, three removable shelves and two drawers with brass knobs. This piece of furniture is located in a room that was made available for this purpose.
This project invites artists to develop artwork for this experimental and independent space. By decontextualizing the cabinet from its utilitarian function, it becomes a specific device and, like a shop window or a vitrine, it determines the ways of visibility, privileging the observation/presentation of the work intermediated by glass. The cabinet thus becomes a space of representation, an integral and essential part of the work.
The artworks that are produced for this space may stay in the cabinet, behind the glass doors, or be extended into the outer space of the room where it is located. The artist is given free will, and may use all means in the resolution of the project. The only condition is not to move the cabinet out of the room and respect its integrity. Not being a mere exhibition object, O Armário also operates as a performer. By opening, closing and transforming itself, it is based on the articulation and crossing of different artistic fields.
Due to its characteristics, O Armário acts as an exponential laboratory where it is possible the artists freely explore new artwork researches. Without a defined curatorial identity, it is distinguished by its plurality, mutability and durability, as well as the empowerment of other narratives vis-à-vis the institutions.
Calçada da Estrela 128 - Anexo A, 1200-666 Lisboa