Not for the living – Out of an instance of expiration comes a perennial showing


Published in Umbigo Magazine
on March 8th 2022


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Mould is not a condition of art, but it can be. Dust is not a condition of art, but it can be. The false is not a condition of art, but it can be. Art is not a condition of art.

Several of these elements should not be integrated into art, but often are. The entire collection of the British Museum has approximately 8 million objects, about 1% on public display.[1]

Out of an instance of expiration comes a perennial showing is Colombian artist Gala Porras-Kim’s first solo exhibition in London. In Gasworks, on the south side of the Thames, in two intimate rooms, lies a collection of faux artefacts.



Gala Porras-Kim, Out of an instance of expiration comes a perennial showing, 2022. Installation view. Commissioned and produced by Gasworks. Courtesy of the artist. © Andy Keate.





Mariana Baião Santos

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London-based freelance writer & curator fluent in Portuguese and English. Mariana is a Contributing writer for Portuguese Art Magazine Umbigo and has been collabotaring with some London Galleries.


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