SNAILS DON’T LIVE FOREVER, an exhibition by Oleg Kharch, curated by Radu Stīclå.
25.08 — 09.09 2023 | Rua Igreja de Cedofeita 27, Porto
Opening: August 25th, 19:00h

In this delicate interplay between imagination and reality, we explore the profound connection between nature and our collective responsibility for a sustainable future. The genesis of this pop-up exhibition emerged from the discovery of two archive artworks which led to the contemplation of the ordinary, those often overlooked beings that share our world.

Snails, with their unhurried traverse and elegant shells, became unexpected muses, representing a narrative of resilience and introspection in an age of rapid change. Let’s try to draw parallels between the deliberate pace of snails and the art of a more mindful living. Their unwavering commitment to their journey encourages us to reevaluate our choices, to seek balance amidst the clamor of progress, and to embrace a future where our actions honor the environment that sustains us.

Snails don’t live forever, yet they teach us gentleness, harmony and guardianship.

Oleg Kharch /Kharchenko (born 1963 in Sumy) is a Ukrainian artist in the figurative, new Ukrainian naive (Quasi- naive), post-conceptual movements. His works range from street art projects, sound sculptures and video collage to traditional painting. The artist has exhibited several solo and group shows over the last 10 years, including Bienal de Arte de Cerveira (Portugal) and Torrance Art Museum (USA), among others. Since 2021, Kharch declares himself exclusively as an artist of New Brut Art.

Visiting hours: Ter/Tue- Sáb/Sat: 15:00 – 19:00