Wheras most of the projects at the Amsterdam Light Festival can be seen from quite a distance, we have to go inside first to experience the work of the Brasilian artist Tomás Ribas. Two containers are placed along the canal. When we take a look inside one of these containers, the work is revealed and we see why it is titled Bridge. An endless reflection of luminous quadrangles spans the canal like a virtual bridge of light: you’re inclined to just cross it. The artist is fascinated by this kind of illusion ‘It continues to be astonishing how we see something of which we know it’s not really there, but of which we can’t deny that our eyes are seeing it. What is real and what is imagined?’ The medium of this illusion, the light itself, is also an endless source of inspriration to this artist. And for that matter: Ribas doesn’t consider himself a light artist pur sang. He sees himself rather as a follower of the age-old tradition of painters, because according to him light art too has existed for ages.
From small to large installations, Brazilian artist Tomás Ribas does it all. He completed his studies at art academies in both Rio de Janeiro and Paris. When he returned to Rio de Janeiro his career really took off: he has had four solo exhibitions while receiving several awards for his work. His light designs have also been used in more than one hundred theater plays.