Sem Título (Copo I)
9,5 x 4 cm
Rui Gueifão (1993) lives and works in Lisbon. In 2014, he completed his degree in Fine Arts at the Schools of Arts and Design at Caldas da Rainha. He is currently a resident artist at MArt, where he develops a heterogeneous work from painting, to sculpture and video. In 2015, he participated in several projects and exhibitions, including the Mupi project by Sandro Resende and the group exhibitions Vaga Luz (Casa Museu Medeiros e Almeida, Lisboa), Eco Hotel Madrid (Caldas da Rainha) and Obstáculos Para um Novo Saber (Casa Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga).
Mobile Uploads [Moodboard], 2015
Horácio Frutuoso (1991) work and lives in Oporto, Portugal. Has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Fine Arts in Oporto and professional formation in glass production technics from Cencal Marinha Grande. Was in 2012 a founding member of the collectives Expedição and Sintoma, both with activity in Oporto and focused in reactivating the artistic practice in the city and the investment in artists, with a program based in the intersection of different generations of local and international artists. Has been actively involved and produced some projects with other artists and collectives since 2010, like DrumondFrutuoso or Painel. In the production of his work draws on various media, with a special interest in painting and performance.
Oil on Wood
100 x 70 cm
Gonçalo Preto, born in Lisbon in 1991, completed a BFA in Product Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon, having studied for 10 months at Kassel Kunsthochschule (GER) whitin the Erasmus program, where he regained the interest for the drawing practice, thanks to the freedom of the educational system. In late 2012 he moved to Berlin, where he lived and worked during 12 months, and developed a wide body of work mostly composed by ink on paper and printmaking techniques. In January 2014, he moved to San Francisco, CA (USA) to start his second BFA in Fine Arts - Painting at the Academy of Art University. His work as been shown in Portugal, Germany and the United States of America. Currenlty lives and works in Lisbon.
Blue Gardens [Exhibition View], 2015
Filipa Tojal, born in 1993, completed a BA in Fine Arts – Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Oporto, Portugal, having also studied for six months at Middlesex University, London UK, where she developed her interest in drawing and printmaking. As a painter, her work reflects on the pictorial capabilities of nature and in the conception of environments and emotional states. In 2014 she did an artistic residence in Île d’Ouessant, France, where she could understand her own connection to nature and landscape. Right now lives and works between Oporto, Portugal and Piedmont, Italy, while preparing her trip to Japan, where she will proceed her studies in a Master in Painting.
O Lugar das Coisas
Acrylic and Pencil on Paper
40 x 50 cm
Lives and works in Lisbon. BA in Painting (2012) and Communication Design (2008) at Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. Artist selected for several art competitions, such as Jovens Criadores 2012 (Cascais), Art < 30 2012 (Sala Parés, Galeria Trama, Barcelona), XVI Call (Galéria Luis Adelantado, 2015, Valencia). Was a resident artist at the 17th Cerveira Biennial (2013) and Budapest Galéria (Lisbon Budapest Interchange Program, 2014). In 2015, exhibited the project Desenhos Longos, at Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon. Continues working in painting and drawing, focusing on the playful articulation of lines, forms and surfaces.
Diogo Bolota, born in Lisbon, moved to London in 2013. Making a BA in Architecture at FA-UTL influenced his conception of drawing practice. A special interest for drawing and painting made him go to England to continue his studies in arts which were first started before architectural studies in FBAUL. There, he did a Master in Drawing at University of Arts of London which terminated in September 2013. His approach to work, in a fine art context, mixtures the knowledge acquired at FBAUL and at FA-UTL. In the past two years, among other projects, he participated in Canto Chanfrado (Avenida 211), he did Sabotage at Maus Hábitos (Porto) and a project room at A Cunha (Lisbon).
Não Sejas Desmanchas Prazeres II
Paper Stapled on MDF Panel
60 x 120 cm
Memory is one of the central features in the work of Ana Tecedeiro, which is built upon numerous registers that involve and evoke everyday life. This collection or appropriation of registers reminds us of a child’s gaze – attentive, curious and devoid of any attempt at resistance. Although this gaze may seem ingenuous, it is filled with a profound meaningfulness, directing our attention to places and past experiences, while still retaining the power to reformulate them.
Her work has great versatility, not only in technical terms, adopting different approaches, such as an extraordinary coherence of form and concept.
The appropriation is clear both in her two-dimensional works (in which the introduction of certain elements provokes a carefully considered reconstruction that subverts the purely visual and pre-acquired elements), and in her three-dimensional constructions (in which Ana Tecedeiro concentrates, circumscribes and deposits objects, among small wooden cubicles or boxes). These objects then take on their own life, concentrating in themselves reminiscences of a past in which the spectator can see himself reflected and revisit himself, while at the same time reconstructing the different spaces and concentrating them into one single space.
VIDEO INSTALLATION PROJECT
A CUCA AJUDA A UPA, A NOCAL AJUDA PORTUGAL!
11 NOV TO 19 DEC 2015
The exhibition of Nuno Nunes Ferreira is entitled A CUCA AJUDA A UPA, A NOCAL AJUDA PORTUGAL!, a slogan that has political overtones and recovers the memory of the colonial war fought in the former Portuguese colonies, more specifically in Angola. The exhibition project reveals a powerful unity in the elements that comprise each of the works, due to their use as the source for the self-referential nature of his research.
The artist is referring here mainly to the period when his father fought in the Overseas War, and to the memories, objects, stories and silences that the latter transmitted to him once he had returned to civilian life. Cuca and Nocal (1) were the beers that people drank in their moments of rest and relaxation, still anxious times, but away from the actual fighting.
The overseas universe that the artist works upon, pursuing his practice as a methodical and compulsive archivist, opens up various fields of questioning about the memories of Africa, more precisely Angola. In his artistic practice, the artist collects documents and artefacts that are closely linked both to the liberation movements and to the demagogical propaganda of Salazar’s regime. These include publications that resisted events and contributed to the breakup of this regime, which affected our identity as a defunct empire and the identity of all those who, having been born in Portugal or the ex-colonies, arrived in Portugal as “retornados” (literally returnees, but people who also referred to themselves as the “dispossessed from the ex-colonies”). They were returning from a land that, while it belonged to everyone (all the citizens of the empire), did not, however, belong to those who had occupied and ruled it for several centuries.
Emanating from one of the works is a buzzing sound that is transformed into a military march: “Angola… É Nossa”. Words that are sung by men without their utopia, hostages from a time that did not know the meaning of Freedom, a concept that, still today, has not yet achieved its full legitimacy.
(1) Cuca was brewed by a company that was a subsidiary of the Portuguese Central de Cervejas, while Nocal was produced by the Angolan Nova Empresa de Cervejas.