Dandy, Catalogue – 01
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Dandy exhibition catalogue, organized by the Gallery Dama Aflita, from text by Mário Moura.
56 pages · 17 x 24 cm · BW Offset · Popset Rose Paper · €6
1st Edition, 300 copies, March 2010.
Afonso Cruz (PT), Ana Torrie (PT), André Alves (PT), André Lemos (PT), Andrea Gomez (COL), Bruno Pereira (PT), Carlos Pinheiro (PT), Craig Atkinson (UK), El-Ed (ARG), Esgar Acelerado (PT), Filipe Abranches (PT), Francisco Eduardo (PT), Gémeo Luís (PT), Isabel Carvalho (por Cristiana Pinto e Patrícia Guerra) (PT), João Fazenda (PT), João Maio Pinto (PT), Jordi Ferreiro (ES), José Feitor (PT), Júlio Dolbeth (PT), Leonor Zamith (PT), Luis Dourado (PT), Luis Urculo (ES), Mafalda Santos (PT), Marco Mendes (PT), Mário Vitória (PT), Marta Madureira (PT), Marta Monteiro (PT), Maxi Luchini (ARG), Miguel Arias (USA), Miguel Carneiro (PT), Nuno Sousa (PT), Paulo Patrício (PT), Pedro Lino (PT), Pedro Lourenço (PT), Pedro Zamith (PT), Ricardo Abreu (PT), Rita Carvalho (PT), Rômolo (BR), Rui Vitorino Santos (PT), Salao Coboi (PT), Sam Baron (FR), Serge Against Bourg (PT), Teresa Camara Pestana (PT), Tiago Albuquerque(PT).
No-one talks very much about the Dandy anymore: the word suggests different times, implying its outdated—an undeniable paradox, though (how can a Dandy be outdated?)—, but maybe we can conclude the opposite: that the Dandy has overcome and that, in our society, everyone is, or aspires to be, a Dandy. However, that isnt exactly true either: to be a Dandy, its not enough to worry about your clothes, your body or face creams; a Dandy isnt a metrosexual. What differentiates one from the other is what would distinguish a street bully from a martial artist: a certain spiritual elegance, a certain intellectual pose. The Dandy has a philosophy, a policy, though hed hardly acknowledge it, and would probably deny it.
We often hear news of someone who, deep down, is a nice guy, even though he robbed from his company, swindled his clients, is connected to conflicts of interest, cheated on his wife and ran away to a foreign country. Its the same as saying you shouldnt judge a book by its cover. But when does something stop being the appearance and become the actual truth? And arent appearances, in their different varieties, other truths? Oscar Wilde said that “It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances”, adding that the true mystery of the world resides in the visible and not the invisible. The Dandy is someone who judges the world by its appearance. The appearance of the Dandy is a symbol of his social mobility; it doesn’t matter where he was born, nor how much money he has; only what he looks like. And that is the Dandy’s transgressing policy.
Spiritually, the Dandy uses speech in the same way as he dresses: he doesnt tell anecdotes—which are essentially mere generic formulas, ready-made stories—but reacts in seconds to any situation, resuming it in an adage, dismounting it into a side note. Socially, he always lands on his feet and, just like a cat, right before touching the ground, hes already returned to his bored composure. He adapts to any situation, overcoming it, making it seem boring in comparison to himself. The Dandys purpose is, in a way, his own boredom. He surprises, without ever being surprised.