Slow Sex

Vítor Pomar

Slow Sex, 2014

Vítor Pomar has been a prominent figure in the Portuguese art context since the 1970s. His conceptual approach bears the influence of Buddhism, specifically Buddhist meditation and the spiritual at large. Although rooted in the medium of painting, the work of Pomar brings together a multitude of artistic approaches, crossing painting with the experience of drawing, photography, and film.

Slow Sex (2014), like most of Pomar´s photographic work, emerges from reuniting seemingly dispersed experiences inscribe in daily life, which through a diary-like method, based on fragmentation, observation, and creation of images, captures the artist’s interest in the conceptualization of ideas connected to absolute existence. Composed from a sequence of images from the artist’s archive and the internet, which juxtapose erotic drawings, pictures from art history, but also sexual driven images from media, cinema, and the artist’s work, the video can be perceived as a meditation on the mutual interference of the body and the mind and the role of the sexual realm, beyond the immediacy of pleasure. Rather than an end in itself, Sex is perceived here as achieving one’s potential within his/ her spiritual path.

The work of Vítor Pomar (1949) has been exhibited at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Chiado 8 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Oporto, Portugal, Culturgest, Lisbon or the Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon among other. His work is represented in private and public collections including the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Serralves Museum, Oporto; Ministry of Culture, Lisbon; EDP Electricity Museum, Lisbon; Luso-American Foundation for Development, Lisbon; Caixa Geral de Depósitos Collection, Lisbon; Ar.Co, Lisbon; Ministry of Finance, Lisbon; among others.