Tonico Lemos Auad
Unknown to the world
2 October – 12 December 2021

Thurs – Sun, 11am – 4pm
or by appointment outside of those times

Entry to this exhibition is free 

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CAMPLE LINE is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Brazilian artist Tonico Lemos Auad this autumn. It is the first solo presentation of Tonico’s work in Scotland.

In his work, Tonico explores physical manifestations of belief, specifically looking at the personal or cultural significance afforded objects in everyday life. Drawing on a wide range of materials and objects and often encompassing notions of architecture and landscape, Tonico’s unique way of working subverts traditional techniques associated with craft such as embroidery, woodcarving and stonemasonry.

The exhibition brings together six new sculptural works made using reclaimed wooden beams and six new textiles, and constitutes a powerful and poetic meditation on two of Tonico’s most characteristic materials. Tonico has placed this new body of work across two levels at Cample, with a new large-scale sculptural installation placed upstairs in direct material dialogue with the architectural features of the space. The building’s original use as a row of millworkers’ cottages within the former Cample Mill complex and subsequent history of repurposing and reuse provides a compelling ground for this body of work, which extends Tonico’s longstanding engagement with architecture, landscape and human interaction.

As José Augusto Ribeiro has said, ‘[Tonico’s] works point to moments and places that are different from here and now, sometimes a distant past and more often an open field of possibilities’.

Tonico Lemos Auad was born in Belém, Brazil, and now lives and works in London. His work explores physical manifestations of belief, specifically looking at the personal or cultural significance afforded objects in everyday life. Often encompassing notions of architecture and landscape, Auad’s unique way of working subverts traditional techniques associated with craft such as embroidery, woodcarving and stonemasonry.

The exhibition runs until 12 December and is supported by Creative Scotland and The Henry Moore Foundation.

Join us at 3pm on Sat 11 December for this closing event for Tonico Lemos Auad’s exhibition Unknown to the world

Tonico will be in conversation at Cample with Edinburgh-based writer Tom Jeffreys, talkiing about the new work he made for Unknown to the world as well as his wider artistic practice and processes.

We will also launch a new short piece of writing by Tom in response to the exhibition and enjoy some festive refreshments. 

Tom Jeffreys is a writer based in Edinburgh predominantly covering contemporary art and culture. His work has been published in magazines, newspapers and websites including ArtReview, Apollo, Frieze, The Independent, Monocle and New Scientist. He is the author of two books: The White Birch: A Russian Reflection (Little, Brown, 2021) and Signal Failure: London to Birmingham, HS2 on foot (Influx Press, 2017). He is also editor of The Learned Pig, an online magazine focused on art, thinking, nature, and writing.