The Dancing Followers – Luís Lázaro Matos

Site-specific installation


Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 83

29.09.2019 - 31.12.2019

Luís Lázaro Matos works with the medium of drawing to create immersive installations. We invited him for a week-long residency at Combo in Milan: the result is The Dancing Followers, first site-specific installation designed for Combo’s project room.


The glass walls transparency overseeing a park inspired Luís to create a sort of aquarium: human-like floating sculptures hanging on the ceiling are surrounded by mural drawings of eyes shoals.


Wearing a t-shirt framing a Lady Gaga Tweet, Luís told us the origin of The Dancing Followers: the installation is a reflection on social media, an ‘alternative’ aquarium where people strive to pose in plastic and often repetitive forms. In such a transparent space, the distinction between what is personal and what is exposed, faints.



To emphasize his point, Matos complemented his work with three public personality tweets.


First tweet, Michelle Obama: ‘When they go low, we go high’, a first lady mantra explaining the value of resilience in the face of vile and low deeds.

Second tweet, Lady Gaga (same of his t-shirt): ‘Brazil, I’m devastated’, an ‘intimate’ outburst aimed at the entire nation for the cancellation of her tour due to a knee accident.

Last tweet, Jair Bolsonaro: ‘What is a golden shower?’, a bold question that the president shared with followers (and voters) following a chronicle related to the Rio carnival.


All words that expose more or less reserved thoughts to an aquarium of eyes, the social networks.

This is The Dancing Followers: a liquid space where human figures seek the perfect pose and almost-intimate thoughts are exposed to the public. While wide open eyes, keep observing. Because perhaps it is nothing but a posture that we impersonate when we observe and realize we are being observed. As if we were in a magnetic visual field in which all eyes point and cleave every direction, omnipresent and omniscient but exposed in turn to the same massacre of looks.




Luís Lázaro Matos (Évora, PT, 1987). Electing drawing as his preferred mean of expression, Lázaro Matos creates immersive installations focused on the narration of architectural and social processes, such as urban planning, tourism, technology and communication. Recent exhibitions and projects include: Super Gibraltar, Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2016; SMILE YOU ARE IN SPAIN! STUDIO PART 1, Madragoa, Lisbon, 2017; 10000 anos depois entre Vénus e Marte, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Oporto, 2017; Artist’s Film international, MAAT, Lisbon and Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2017; Tomber Dans le Lac, Madragoa, Lisbon, 2018; White Shark Cafe, Catherine Bastide Projects, Marseille, 2018; Notes on Cosmic Pluralism, 1646, Den Haag, 2019; Summer Waterfalls & Autumn Leaves, Beursschouwburg, Brussels, 2019.


The Dancing Followers is presented by Madragoa, Lisbon.


Opening hours: daily 10 am – 10 pm



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