to Apr 23| ART EXHIBIT | João Louro: Linguistic Ground Zero | Belém | 5€
The Meriam-Webster dictionary defines “ground zero” as:
1. the point directly above, below, or at which a nuclear explosion occurs.
2. the center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity or change.
Most people know about the Ground Zeroes in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. A lot of people know about the September 11th Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, NYC in 2001. Some people might know that Ground Zero was soon followed by Hipster Ground Zero, just across the river in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, in 2003.
Artist João Louro’s new project, “Linguistic Ground Zero,” is happening right here in Lisbon, as we speak. According to its organizers, the solo show “reflects on a historic moment of inflection in which art and society seem to coincide in relation to the necessity to put an end to everything – the two World Wars and the artistic vanguards. João’s proposal, a reproduction of Little Boy – the first atomic bomb in history – with recorded messages, is simple and forceful: destruction, graffiti, poetic and written references come together, providing one of those moments in which art and artists carry out an exercise of complex thinking.”
Seeing as World War III is well underway, with Ground Zeroes popping up left and right, some historically woke art might just be what we all need this holiday season.