⁞ L’Hasard Photographique ⁞

Sofia Silva, Untitled, from L’Hasard Photographique, 2013/2014 Sofia Silva, Untitled, from L’Hasard Photographique, 2013/2014 Sofia Silva, Untitled, from L’Hasard Photographique, 2013/2014 Sofia Silva, Untitled, from L’Hasard Photographique, 2013/2014 Sofia Silva, Untitled, from L’Hasard Photographique, 2013/2014 Sofia Silva, Untitled, from L’Hasard … Continue reading ⁞ L’Hasard Photographique ⁞

⁞ The complex task of seeing through Photography: a conversation with Isaac Pereira ⁞

all images © Isaac Pereira. Courtesy of the artist. This conversation took place in July 2014, over the virtual space that unites Macau and Lisboa. The original, portuguese version, of this conversation, can be seen HERE. Sofia: We’re having this … Continue reading ⁞ The complex task of seeing through Photography: a conversation with Isaac Pereira ⁞

٠ ‘The Evidence of the Natural’ in Nádia Rodrigues Ribero’s work ٠

© Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Sem título (Untitled) – 11.07.12, from Flora. Negative in chromogenic paper, chromogenic process, unique print 12x9cm. © Nádia Rodrigues Ribeiro, Sem título (Untitled) – 20.07.12, from Flora. Negative in chromogenic paper, chromogenic process, unique print 12x9cm. … Continue reading ٠ ‘The Evidence of the Natural’ in Nádia Rodrigues Ribero’s work ٠

٠ Christopher Marques: working-through the postmemory trauma ٠

all photographs © Christopher Marques, from the project O Álbum/The Album, 2013 Christopher’s work revolves around the quest for identity. It’s a postmodern symptom. The industrialization and the instant access to difference places, languages, faces and times, tends to confuse … Continue reading ٠ Christopher Marques: working-through the postmemory trauma ٠

٠ Duarte Amaral Netto: It’s all real, you just need to give up on your anguish (III of III) ٠

Part I of essay here and part II here © Duarte Amaral Netto, Z (France, April 1940), 2012 65×50 cm Framed, Inkjet on Fine Art, Ed. 2 + 1 AP Storytelling isn’t far from the discursive play, on the contrary. … Continue reading ٠ Duarte Amaral Netto: It’s all real, you just need to give up on your anguish (III of III) ٠

٠ Sandro Ferreira, memory code: 6174 ٠

© Sandro Ferreira, Não lhe digas para onde vais amanhã (Don’t tell her where you’ll be tomorrow), from the project “6174” Set of a hundred booklets, with dimensions identical to those with speeches of some dignitaries of the Portuguese dictatorial regime: “Estado Novo”. © Sandro Ferreira, from the project 6174. The left card reads The useless, the right card reads The miserableA series of 126 “lobby cards”, corresponding to the 126 films that the soldier Manuel Rosa Simões had seen since his arrival in Angola until his departure for the Metropolis. Ironically, the first film was “Les Miserables” and the … Continue reading ٠ Sandro Ferreira, memory code: 6174 ٠

┐ Valter Ventura, Flying Solo └

© Valter Ventura, Cartas do Vazio (Charts of Emptiness), from the project Compêndio do Nada(Compendium of Nothing), 2013 © Valter Ventura, Cartas do Vazio (Charts of Emptiness), from the project Compêndio do Nada(Compendium of Nothing), 2013 installation view at Carpe Diem, Lisboa, 2013 Since 2005, Valter Ventura has been working exclusively in collaboration with fellow artist José Nuno Lamas. For the past seven years or so they have been photographers, performers, landscape artists, cartographers, romantics, naturalists, aspiring scientists and so on. Together they’ve achieved a creative expression of their own that is both formally as conceptually coherent. Recently, Valter decided … Continue reading ┐ Valter Ventura, Flying Solo └

┐ Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, “I hate Portugal” & “I hate Algarve” └

from 30th of May to the 6th of June, the complete film can be seen online here “Palácios is a film about Portugal, and the line about hating Portugal and the Algarve is indicative of how part of that project was made. Gabriel wanted to make a film in Portugal, and was very interested in exploring cinema’s relation to nation, particularly as national myth machine (especially in the US, from Griffith’s Birth of a Nation to Bigelow’s Zero dark Thirty). Gabriel wanted to be quite direct, with blunt and broad statements about Portugal, such as “I hate Portugal”. Then Daniel … Continue reading ┐ Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, “I hate Portugal” & “I hate Algarve” └

┐ Pedro Guimarães’ affair with Monsanto └

© Pedro Guimarães, Mrs. Iria burning dry organic waste in her parcel of land, Monsanto, Portugal “Monsanto Blues is a project that depicts daily life in Portugal’s ‘most typical village’. Once a thriving self-sufficient community located in the interior of Portugal, Monsanto became a good metaphor to describe the impact of recent social developments on European peripheral economies (aka PIGS). With virtually no births nor new inhabitants registered for several years now, Monsanto is expected to be declared deserted land soon, thus creating great investment opportunities for both new agers and senior tourists from Northern Europe.” © Pedro Guimarães,‘For Sale’ … Continue reading ┐ Pedro Guimarães’ affair with Monsanto └

┐ Can a symbolic image become a code? └

This image is from yesterday’s official communication by the Portuguese PM about new austerity measures. It shows a reporter wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt. I know it is symbolic but I like to imagine it could be a code, a message given to rise a sort of underground army. Yes, I know, sci-fi, maybe I’ve seen “The Fight Club” too many times, but we need to believe we can take this government down, or else we’ll go mental. In the climax of our national anthem it reads “às armas”, aux armes!!! It doesn’t get more symbolic than this. The video … Continue reading ┐ Can a symbolic image become a code? └

┐ roots & fruits #13 – Ricardo Baltazar └

© Ricardo Baltazer, all Untitled, from the series Touching from a Distance, 2012 Ricardo’s project Touching from a Distance was shot in Essen, Germany, in 2012. All images are blow-ups of snapshots he took while paving the streets. Inevitably, they refer to the distance between the author and the subject portrayed, as they speak about the desire to get closer. These blow-ups are attempted gazes, attempts at assuring the account of oneself while trying to look at his surroundings. They are as much voyeuristic as they are introspective, in the sense that what one does while looking desperately out, is … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #13 – Ricardo Baltazar └

┐ Breaking Point …………………………………………………………………………….└

© Sofia Silva, 2M Demonstration @ Lisbon, 2013 It’s definitely the last time we hit the streets peacefully. There’s no turning back from here. “almost 24 hours after these events neither the President nor the government spoke about the massive demonstrations.” If you want to read a brief description (in english) of what happened yesterday see here Continue reading ┐ Breaking Point …………………………………………………………………………….└

┐ Occupy and Resist └

Today, 2nd March 2013, all over Portugal, demonstrations against this government and the austerity measures  will hit the streets. I’ll join, of course. Wouldn’t be able not to. That said, I will not be laughing and singing along to songs that symbolize the country’s last revolution (April 25th 1974). I avoid all these nostalgic and pseudo revolutionary feelings. I don’t support pacifism as a slogan, nor the idea that democracy is about voting. If we really want to fight we need to upgrade strategies and bring theses demonstrations to the current tense, with what is at hand today. We’ll hit … Continue reading ┐ Occupy and Resist └