> Miguel Palma
When António da Veiga
Pinto and l launched ADIAC – Portugal in April 2005,
our intention was to make the publication one of the most effective
instruments for achieving our goal of promoting contemporary art
from Portugal on an international stage. However, as a non-profit
making association, we had not expected to have the opportunity
of publishing our first book as early as the following November.
Publishing is a means for ADIAC to focus on
its main aim: providing the most complete view possible of recognised
artists who, for different reasons, have not yet had compilations
their work published. The aim of our books is to interest not
only the curious reader and the general public, but also to be
of use in a professional capacity for collectors, curators of
foreign museums, commissioners of exhibitions and international
galleries who are as yet unfamiliar with the work of artists living
in Portugal. The country boasts a large number of artists of a
high level who, for varying reasons, are not yet well known abroad.
Our goal is to invert this tendency by supporting and promoting
the work of these artists to the best of our abilities, without
supplanting the role of cultural institutions or art galleries.
As an association of collectors, ADIAC enjoys
the luxury of being able to set its own priorities, independently
of any promotional strategies determined by the market. This first
book dedicated to the work of Miguel Palma, represents the first
step in what we hop will be a long publishing history.
Not only has the work of Miguel Palma deserved
a book for a long time - a publishing opportunity that ADIAC seized
with enormous pleasure – but we also consider ourselves
twinned with the already famous ARÍETE project. Both were
born at the same time and with similar objectives: Miguel Palma
went off to invade 46 international museum spaces with the aim
of imprinting his vision on them; the goal of ADIAC is the international
promotion of contemporary art.
I would like to end with a word of thanks to
our partner and friend João Pinto de Sousa. Thanks to his
experience in publishing and the PÚBLICO newspaper, ADIAC
has been able to achieve its publishing ambitions sooner than