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From Ruin

"From ruin is a storm of iron and wind raging on an ice-covered plateau. The white fire pushes back the corrosion that invades the smooth surface of the most vulnerable bodies: we move backwards until we are luminous as newborns. We wait, expectant, for an end equal to a beginning. In the tense immobility of this suspended time, only the torn spoils of the icy wind endure.

No shelter, only sky."

Candura e Rui Chafes

Fevereiro 2023

March 11 - April 30, 2023


From Ruin is a project born from the collaboration of sculptor Rui Chafes, the music of Candura and Carpintarias de São Lázaro.


This is a rare opportunity to witness a work of co-creation in a dialogue between sculpture, music and architecture, in the space and programmatic line of crossovers so dear to Carpintarias de São Lázaro. The unveiling will be on March 11; a moment for the public to enter the space and abandon themselves to the sound journey led by Candura.


After the catharsis, the traces and resounding echoes of that moment will remain.



The opening / concert will take place on March 11, 2023, at 21h30, with doors opening at 21h00. The tickets, with a single price of 10 Euros, can be purchased on the Resident Advisor platform ( and at the Carpintarias box office, on the same day, from 7:30 pm on.

The installation may be visited until April 30, 2023 during the usual exhibition hours at Carpintarias de São Lázaro: Thursday to Sunday, from noon to 6pm.


Photography: Eliana Lobão

Rui Chafes was born in 1966 in Lisbon, where he currently lives. He studied Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon between 1984 and 1989. From 1990 to 1992 he studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Gerhard Merz. During this stay, he translated Novalis' Fragments from German into Portuguese, and the book was published by Assírio & Alvim in 1992. 

Since the mid-1980s, he has developed his work exclusively in iron or steel. He has exhibited in Portugal and abroad, notably at the Venice Biennales in 1995 and 2013, and at the São Paulo Biennale in 2004. His work has been shown in several museums and institutions, mainly in Europe but also in Brazil, Japan and South Korea, having also held exhibitions in public spaces, natural or urban, such as Sintra, Matera or Bamberg. In 2004 he received the Robert-Jacobsen Sculpture Prize, Germany, in 2015 he received the Fernando Pessoa Award, Portugal, and in 2021 the AICA Award.


Candura was born in 2018 in Lisbon, formed by André Hencleeday and Pedro Coragem. The first record, /I, was released by GreySun Records (Portland, Oregon, US), in October of the same year. In April 2020, the second work, /II, was edited by Tapeworm (London, UK). In the previous year, this composition was performed live in several occasions: Galeria Zé dos Bois, Out.fest, Amplifest and closing of the exhibition Desenho sem fim, by Rui Chafes, at Casa da Cerca.

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