© ANA SANTOS
In 2013, Ana Santos was awarded the EDP New Artists Prize, and she has now been invited by MAAT to present the exhibition ANÁTEMA [ANATHEMA], which gathers a set of her recently produced original works. Broadly fitting within the medium of sculpture – or, more specifically, of the production of objects – her work is based on the search for a very particular state of alertness. By favouring sensitivity and intuition as instances which aim to highlight the uniqueness of the creative act, her pieces are the result of a thought process about the formal, functional, morphological or chromatic features of certain materials or found objects and about the relationships she might want to try out or establish between them. She is interested in a type of practice, often reduced to minimal interference, in which the traditional values associated with sculpture – as a subject – are frequently questioned by an idea of precariousness, strangeness, of not belonging, of lightness or fragility.