Carlos Bunga examines the mysteries of the relationship between body and mind in new exhibition

Carlos Bunga examines the mysteries of the relationship between body and mind in new exhibition

Carlos Bunga started out as a painter—that is what he studied at the Escola Superior de Arte e Design in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal—but soon felt constricted by the limitation to the canvas’s two dimensions. The experience led him to branch out by incorporating strategies from conceptual, performance, and installation art into his practice, though without altogether jettisoning the painterly framework. In the mid-2000s, he won wide acclaim with site-specific installations and performances that laid the foundation for his international career. Since then, Bunga has shown his work at numerous institutions in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America; he has also realized several projects for outdoor settings. His practice and preferred materials underscore the evanescence and fragility of our existence. Everything is caught up in a process of perpetual change;
Carlos Bunga started out as a painter—that is what he studied at the Escola Superior de Arte e Design in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal—but soon felt constricted by the limitation to the canvas’s two dimensions. The experience led him to branch out by incorporating strategies from conceptual, performance, and installation art into his practice, though without altogether jettisoning the painterly framework. In the mid-2000s, he won wide acclaim with site-specific installations and performances that laid the foundation for his international career. Since then, Bunga has shown his work at numerous institutions in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America; he has also realized several projects for outdoor settings. His practice and preferred materials underscore the evanescence and fragility of our existence. Everything is caught up in a process of perpetual change;