Sílvio Salgado:

The Length of Your Breath / Ways to Measure Time

Galeria Diferença, Lisbon, Portugal

23 May – 20 June 2020

Opening on 23 May 2020 from 3 pm to 8 pm

COVID-19: The exhibition has been postponed, new dates to be confirmed

Across the gallery wall, a painted horizontal line that seems to continue infinitely. On a large framed paper, a multi-layered print whose pattern appears to transcend the surface to a new dimension. An invitation to blow into a whistle: a breath in the continuum of one’s breathing. Works by Sílvio Salgado are ephemeral and infinitive, yet they are physical interventions that have a beginning and an end, an existence in space and time. In the viewer, the works trigger both visual and conceptual sensations.

Salgado engages the viewer in the tasks the artist undertakes in the production of an artwork, be it references to the artist’s personal history, preparatory research, or the characteristics of the exhibition space. He explores the history of objects and events and reveals their temporal character and physical limitations. He proves how our perceptions of reality are constructs of our collective past. By inviting the viewer to become an active constructor in the production process, he addresses the relation between human action and its consequences. He leads the viewer to consider her or his role in time and space and, ultimately, address the mystery of human existence.

Sílvio Salgado is a Portuguese artist living in Berlin and Helsinki (born in Mozambique in 1968). He has exhibited in various solo and group shows in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, the UK and other countries. He also works as an independent curator (e.g. Camoes Institute of Culture, Lisbon, Baluarte de la Candelaria, Cadiz, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku). Since 2001, Salgado presides over the Vienna International Apartment art association, an independent exhibition platform that creates opportunities for artists to collaborate internationally. Salgado studied sculpture and visual arts in London (Central St. Martin, Chelsea, Slade School of Arts) and graphic design in Lisbon (Antonio Arroyo). From 1989 to 1994, he was the Head of Photography and Printmaking at the Apart Oficina de Arts, Lisbon. The exhibition The Length of Your Breath / Ways to Measure Time is Salgado’s first solo exhibition in Portugal.

Galeria Diferença

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Open from Tuesday to Friday 2 pm – 7 pm, Saturday 3 pm – 8 pm

Closed on Mondays, Sundays and holidays

Comunicado de Imprensa

Exhibition catalogue available (ISBN 978-952-99263-4-3)

Supported by:

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)

Vienna International Apartment



in situ / ways to measure time

29 April - 20 May 2017

Sílvio Salgado

How did I get here (Part 2)

19 - 20 June 2015

Walt van Beek, Ariel Hassan, Ida Koitila, Jukka Korkeila, Roland Persson, Jussi Niva, Marguerite van Sandick

How Did I Get Here (Part 1)

13 December 2014 - 18 January 2015

Sílvio Salgado

Do Not Touch Please!

19 June - 8 August 2010

Panagiotis Balomenos, Sabine Jelinek, Jukka Korkeila, Leung Hoi Yat Jonathan, Céline Prestavoine, Walt Van Beek, Tamara Van San

Pleurer et Bonheur

18 December 2009 - 28 February 2010

Michel Couturier, Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost, Korneel Devillé, Jörn Quandt, Philippe Van Wolputte, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou

building dwelling thinking across the horizon line

18 - 31 July 2009

Sílvio Salgado

Land. A sense of place

4 December 2008 - 30 January 2009

Jan Verbruggen


15 May - 20 June 2008

Aglaia Konrad, Willem Oorebeek, Krüger & Pardeller

Welcome to the Kingdom of Belgium. Homage to Marcel B.

22 November - 20 December 2007

Panagiotis Balomenos, Petri Huurinainen, Lukas Schaller, Sílvio Salgado

The cat inside

11 May - 8 June 2007

Panagiotis Balomenos, Aku Korhonen, Nikola Uzunovski

Kiss me just once more

23 November - 21 December 2006

Charlie Birch, Hannaleena Heiska, Midori Mitamura

This is not a Finnish landscape

2 - 21 June 2006

Sílvio Salgado

In This (Our) Country. Art from Poland

25 November - 22 December 2005

Dorota Buczkowska, Pawel Ksiazek, Robert Kusmirowski, Marcin Maciejowski, Marzena Nowak, Jan Simon

Voyage in Place

26 May - 23 June 2005

Panagiotis Balomenos, Philippine Hoegen, Tiina Laitanen, Hannele & Helena Romppanen, Jürg Schmoll

I Like It Here

22 October - 26 November 2004

Päivi Häkkinen, N.I.C.J.O.B., Elin Strand

Mum is not at home

14 May - 11 June 2004

Anja Behrendt, Colin Guillemet, Sabine Jelinek, Kalle Turakka Purhonen, Tine Thorup


20 November - 12 December 2003

Sílvio Salgado


8 May - 4 June 2003

Laura Cull, Ursula Mayer, Niamh McCann, Elena Nemkova, Anna Nyberg, Johanna Rille

Much Depends on the Viewer

16 October - 16 November 2002

Charlie Birch, Lali Chetwynd, Sabine Jelinek, Paola Junqueira, Doris Krüger, Silvia Reneses, Elin Strand, Marta Traquino, Sylvia Wagner_Weger

Within/Without Appearances

25 April - 15 May 2002

Petri Huurinainen, Susi Jirkuff, Suse Krawagna, N.I.C.J.O.B., Marina Seilern, Gerhard Treml


15 November - 14 December 2001

Sílvio Salgado

Col­lab­o­ra­tions and Other Events


In Situ (zuerst müssen wir lernen, miteinander zu arbeiten)

5 - 28 July 2019, Mittelhessischer Kultursommer, Hirzenhein & Geder, Hesse, Germany

32 artists from 12 counties incl. Walt van Beek and Silvio Salgado by Vienna International Apartment

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in situ / ways to measure time

29 April - 20 May 2017, room.f.54, Finnish Artists' Studio Foundation,  University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland

Sílvio Salgado

What colour has the sky got now?

22 May 2010, SECONDroom/ moorDNOCES Gallery, Brussels, Belgium 

Martha Traquino

9 Voices, 9 Places - Finland

19 December 2008 - 1 March 2009, Museum Baluarte de la Candelaria, Cádiz, Spain 

Adel Abidin, Panagiotis Balomenos, Päivi Häkkinen, Minna L. Henriksson, Petri Huurinainen, Kati Immonen, Jukka Korkeila, Harri Pälviranta, Roi Vaara. Curated by Silvio Salgado

9 Voices, 9 Places - Finland

16 April - 9 May, 2008, IC - Instituto Camões, Lisbon, Portugal 

Adel Abidin, Panagiotis Balomenos, Päivi Häkkinen, Minna L. Henriksson, Petri Huurinainen, Kati Immonen, Jukka Korkeila, Harri Pälviranta, Roi Vaara. Curated by Silvio Salgado

building dwelling thinking across the horizon line - work II

Project in Stilissimo design studio, Brussels, Belgium, 2007 

Sílvio Salgado

The landscape within

Project in a private apartment, Lauttasaari, Helsinki, Finland, 2007 

Sílvio Salgado

building dwelling thinking across the horizon line

Project in the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, 2007 

Sílvio Salgado

4133 Strokes - 4133 vetoa

Project in a private apartment, Lönnrotinkatu, Helsinki, Finland, 2006 

Sílvio Salgado

It Could Be You

20 December 2006 - 7 January 2007, Gallery Nunes, Helsinki, Finland 

Jonathan Stiles

Without Boundaries

30 Sept. - 27 Nov. 2005, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art - Turku City Art Museum, Turku, Finland 

Panagiotis Balomenos, Pirmin Blum, Karin Frank, Colin Guillemet, Petri Huurinainen, Doris Krüger & Walter Pardeller, Sabine Jelinek, Paola Junqueira, Niamh McCann, Anna Nyberg, Hannele & Helena Romppanen, Unstable Society of Flexible Production: Linus Elmes, Milo Lavén & Elin Strand. Curated by Silvio Salgado

Intermission: without Sibelius

12 January - 13 February, 2005, Sibelius Museum, Turku, Finland 

Sílvio Salgado

PILOT International Art Forum

15 - 18 October, 2004, Limehouse Town hall, London, UK 

Päivi Häkkinen, nominated by Sílvio Salgado

Zeig mir was

8 September - 29 October, 2004, Thomas K. Lang Gallery, Vienna, Austria 

Sílvio Salgado


4 January - 29 February 2004, Franssintalo Culture Centre, Halikko, Finland 

Sílvio Salgado

Aurinkoinen tulevaisuus - Solig Framtid

6 June - 15 July 2004, Westers - Mathildedal - Salo, Finland 

Environmental art exhibition with 25 artists

Sílvio Salgado: "Beyond the Museum: Art, Institutions and People"

8 November 2007, in the series of Thursday Lectures at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland  

Sílvio Salgado: "Please come in!"

15 February 2003, Christine König Gallery, Vienna, Austria A discussion on private/public spaces and their relation to the viewer in contemporary art presentation, with the focus on the Vienna International Apartment. In the series of Saturday Lunch Lectures at the Christine König Gallery

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