MADRAGOA
Sara Chang Yan
Lisboa, Portugal, 1982
About the Artist

Working with drawing in different mediums such as paper, video and sound, on the wall and within the space, often in the form of installation, the artist explores the representation and presence of subtle elements such as light, shadows, transparency and opacity, the intensity of things and not just the things themselves. Could her works be considered energetic equations of space? 


Sara Chang Yan draws space rather than objects. In the words of the artist: ‘When I look at the world, I don’t feel like it’s enough. There must be more than this. I’m interested in the qualitative aspect of the gesture.’ The works thus aim to capture the internal quality that motivates them, that gives them life. ‘I think that life unfolds in states that are neither visible nor material’. The artist examines how the internal state within each one of us can affect reality. From an ontological perspective, her drawings seek to understand or give form to the often-invisible complex of structure-movement-vibration, looking at states and notions such as: intuition, intention, emptiness, consciousness, evidence, being. 

 

Sara Chang Yan was born in Lisboa, Portugal in 1982. She lives and works between Lisbon and Açores.

Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Desenho como pensamento, Centro de Artes de Aguéda (2020); O Desenho Incerto, Colégio das Artes, Coimbra (2020); Sem Pressa de Chegar, Galeria da Boavista, Lisbon, (2019); PTSTUDIOLO XXI, Fundação Eugenio de Almeida, Evora (2019); Um plano tangível e infinito, Madragoa, Lisbon (2018); Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawing with Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, New York (2017); Hibernation Plan, The Drawing Center, (2016); Escuto o Silêncio, Fala Inteiro e Com Precisão, Madragoa, Lisbon (2016); Alibi, EspaçoAZ, Lisbon (2015); Getting Lost, Fundación Botín, Villa Iris, Santander (2015). 

In 2015 she was awarded with the Prémio Artes Visuais para Jovens Criadores, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Portfolio

 

SCY_PORTFOLIO 27'04'21.pdf
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Selected Exhibitions

 

Mais nada se move em cima do papel

Installation view at Centro de Artes de Águeda, Águeda, Portugal

November 14th 2020 - May 14th, 2021

 

 

O Desenho Incerto – cinco leituras do espaço

Installation view at Colégio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal

February 17th - April 30th, 2020

 

Sem Pressa de Chegar

Installation view at Galeria da Boavista, Lisboa, Portugal

May 10th - August 25th, 2019

 

Sem Pressa de Chegar

Installation view at Galeria da Boavista, Lisboa, Portugal

May 10th - August 25th, 2019

 

 

Sem Pressa de Chegar

Installation view at Galeria da Boavista, Lisboa, Portugal

May 10th - August 25th, 2019

 

 

Um plano tangível e infinito

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

March 24th – May 5th, 2018

 

 

Um plano tangível e infinito

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

March 24th – May 5th, 2018

 

 

Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawing with Open Sessions

Installation view at The Drawing Center, New York, USA

August 3rd - September 17th, 2017

 

 

Granpalazzo 2017

Installation view at Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia, Italy

May 27th - May 28th, 2017

 

Hibernation Plan, Open Sessions

Installation view at The Drawing Center, New York, USA

July 15th - September 2nd, 2016

 

Escuto o Silêncio, Fala Inteiro e com Precisão

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

June 23th - September 9th, 2016