Nuno Rodrigues de Sousa

The Surrounding Lines

The Surrounding Lines, 2015
Video HD 1080i, colour, silent, pal, 16:9, 14′ 53” loop
The Surrounding Lines is an exhibition that deals with the relationship between the poles of political power that globally affect and shape social space and how those structures affect individuals. Evoking a formal modernist discourse as a metaphor for the rationalist systems and devices of power that individuals must resist, this project aim to establish a geography of networks, links, exchanges and connections in different instances of a social formation with its own power-geometries in permanent confrontation.

Using an ambiguous duality between materiality and abstraction this body of work engages the perspective of the social collective and the individual point of view at the same level. It recalls a rationalist perspective of the individual human essence as: each person and their attributes have a unique and eternal existence in nature.

This project, constituted by a series of drawings, a sculpture and a single-channel video, attempts to represent a geometric cartography of power, society and human existence.

This exhibition took place at FirstDraft / Gallery 4, Sydney, July 2015.


The triangle divided by a river, 2015
Indian ink and shellac based ink on 210 gsm acid free paper
59 x 42 cm
The circle of divided countries, 2015
Indian ink and shellac based ink on 210 gsm acid free paper
59 x 42 cm
The octagon between two houses, 2015
Indian ink and shellac based ink on 210 gsm acid free paper
59 x 42 cm
The fortified circles of the red square, 2015
Indian ink and shellac based ink on 210 gsm acid free paper
59 x 42 cm
The people’s great rectangle, 2015
Indian ink and shellac based ink on 210 gsm acid free paper
59 x 42 cm
The Circle of Substance, 2015
Indian ink and archival ink on 210 gsm acid free paper
26 x 23 cm
The surrounding lines, 2015
Digital print on 308 gsm fine art paper
33 x 26 cm
The spacial organization of society. Richard L. Morril, 2015
Digital print on 308 gsm fine art paper
26 x 24 cm
Untitled (ground zero), 2015
Floor sculpture, painted MDF
85 x 85cm
Photo by Zan Wimberley
Installation view
Firstdraft/Gallery 4
Photo by Zan Wimberley
Installation view
Firstdraft/Gallery 4
Photo by Zan Wimberley
Installation view
Firstdraft/Gallery 4
Photo by Zan Wimberley
Installation view
Firstdraft/Gallery 4
Photo by Zan Wimberley
Installation view
Firstdraft/Gallery 4
Photo by Zan Wimberley
Installation view
Firstdraft/Gallery 4
Photo by Zan Wimberley
Installation view
Firstdraft/Gallery 4
Photo by Zan Wimberley
Installation view
Firstdraft/Gallery 4
Photo by Zan Wimberley