Portuguese artist David de Almeida, will hold an exhibition entitled Etchings at the Agfa Gallery of Goethe-Institut Hong Kong next month. The exhibition is organised by the Siu Ka Art Exchange Project and jointly presented by the Consulate-General of Portugal in Hong Kong and Goethe-Institut Hong Kong. It features a series of 14 etchings that the artist produced during a visit to China. Mr de Almeida brings his expertise in the field of engraving where he acquired the independence that comes from the mastery of techniques and the knowledge of how to apply them. Through the contrasts in his engraving, he manages to recapture, in a contemporary, graphic language, myths from the legends of peoples lost in other worlds. However, from the symbols that once satisfied him, little remains but the paper and the white where they were once projected. The white has been always solid like light and imponderable as a surface: a space where signs were transcribed with an attachment to the wrinkles of time on the prehistoric symbols. The paper, which the artist manufactures himself, invokes the canvas as it once invoked the stone. Mr de Almeida is interested in a formal beauty that coincides with the first myths, a beauty as it was conceived by man when his eye was yet used to the surrounding forms and when he was unable to transcribe them as he does today. At that time, he believes, the form achieved would never fade. In some of his etchings, a strip of zinc draws a shape like a groove, penetrating the surface of the paper. This groove represents a wall, a measure of territories. The exhibition will be held at the Agfa Gallery, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, on the 14th floor of Hong Kong Arts Centre from September 7-26. The event is backed by the Macau tourist board.