On Photographs and landscape matters to the South:
Admitting the ideia of photographs constructing landscapes, beyond the simulation of the image and its eventual relation to subject and fact, this exhibition aims to tread a critical territory, bringing together artists, images and landscapes of the South; of Europe, of the Tagus, and of the Algarve.
The subjectivity of landscapes, re-invented, ordered and disciplined by images; have they an ideological perspective on the present and on the contemporary? What is South? Is it a Place? What is a landscape? Landscape is always an image.
The multimedia project paisagem estranha entranha Arles 2017, was presented during the professional week of the Les Rencontres de la photographie 2017, as part of the Festival Voies Off. Co-curated with Armando Ribeiro, paisagem estranha entranha Arles continues to build on landscape photography in an expanded sense, as the genre – landscape – is here presented also fragmented by practise.
This edition of paisagem estranha entranha had as a base the previous versions; Tavira (2012) and Porto (2014) received the first editions and Arles the third and current one. This latter edition made possible showing the work to a wider and more specialised – in things photographic – public. Future versions will, of course, build on the existing foundation and routes.
A big thank you to all those involved, you made it possible, hope you’re all here:
Corinne Dumas, Patrick Massin, Bruno Lopes, Lai Carneiro, Paula Ferreira, Freya Najade, Jenny Sansom, Julie Hascoët, Chris Scott Moskovich, Anne Holmes, Pedro G. Marques,
José Bacelar, Leonardo Wen, and Mark Van Hoen aka Locust.
Luísa Schmidt is a sociologist and researcher at the University of Lisbon and coordinator of the OBSERVA (Observatory on Environment, Territory and Society). She participates in numerous projects, national and international dealing with Participation, education and sustainability. She has published various books on these issues and has been a regular contributor to the Expresso newspaper, a national reference.
João Manuel Alveirinho Dias is a researcher at the CIMA (Center for Marine and Environmental Research) at the Algarve University. He holds a PhD in Marine and Coastal Geology. Worked as visiting Professor at various universities, including Bordeaux, Cadiz, Duke, Grand Valley, Napoli, São Paulo, Santa Catarina, Rio de Janeiro, and Southampton. Currently works on the issues of man-environment interactions, climate history and environmental history.
Road on, initial piece presented at the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes – Salão de artistas e sócios, Lisbon, until January 2017. Portuguese version of the work is titled estradando. It is photographic work about, road wanderings, meanderings, stops and goings, past and future.
This studio workshop proposes a methodical approach to photographic work based on practice. Starting with the presentation of key concepts for the work at hand, these ideias will be clarified with the viewing and discussion of various photographer’s work and historical landmarks. The second part of the workshop will address and discuss participants ideas on their individual work ideias with the shell collection available.
The second session will deal with practical aspects of light, colour and composition, providing participants an initial contact with the route they choose, in terms of photography and aesthetics. Based on each participants availability additional sessions may be organized, as well as the organization of the final work exhibition.
10:00 -12:30 – Introduction. Presentation (theory) on the work ideias followed by a debate/round table.
14:30 -17:30 – Practical studio work, scheduling of additional sessions and final exhibition.
Terra cinza – a conscientious position is part of the cycle Floresta – Ecossistema Sustentável (The forest – a sustainable eco-system) organized by the Álvaro de Campos Municipal Library in partnership with Tavira em Transição, Movimento de Eco-Cidadania Ativa (Tavira in transition, an active eco-citizenship movement), This cycle includes the photography exhibition Terra cinza – a conscientious choice by photographer Miguel Proença, and a group of conferences and debates concerning the forest.
Ruth’s Room – installation, curated & produced by Ilídio Salteiro.
Ruth, of Dutch origin, a music teacher at the conservatory, lives in Tavira, and collects contemporary works of art from artists with whom she has contacted over the past 30 years. This installation, curated and produced by Ilídio Salteiro, takes place at the Casa das Artes during its 30th year, and presents Ruth’s Room and contemporary collection including works by:
Ana Hatherly, Bartolomeu Cid do Santos, Catarina Botelho, Costa Pinheiro, Fernanda Fragateiro, Isabel Sabino, Ivo, João Hogan, João Onofre, Jorge Martins, Jorge Pinheiro, Jorge Vieira, José Faria, Julião Sarmento, Júlio Pomar, Manuel Batista, Manuel João Vieira, Margarida Palma, João Vieira, Miguel Proença, Nuno Calvet, Paula Rego, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Pedro Calapez, Pedro Proença, René Bertholo, Samuel Rama, Susana Themlitz, Vespeira and Xana. Continue reading “Installation – Ruth’s Room”→
“Terra cinza revisited” continues and updates “Terra Cinza” (Ashen Land) work, first shown in 2012. The initial work was based on a clearly defined intention and time-frame. The present exhibition presented at the Museum of Archeology and Ethnography, Setúbal (MAEDS) results from reviewing, rethinking and setting the initial work to a now time frame. As guidelines for this revisit and update, the ideias of non-place, in particular, and landscape, in general, served as base. The impulse and idea for the initial work
“resulted from visits to the Caldeirão hill range in southern Portugal during devastating fires. The results of these fires served as the motivation and the urgency of Ashen land . The ancestral relationships and livelihoods of the local populations with their environment and ecology radically changes, radically disappears, in a matter of hours. The Ashen land scape and ecosystem that result from this “inferno” made clear the need to produce work dominated by little or faded colour, by grey and black. This charred ecology, this ashen(ed) land, with its livelihood sustainability radically questioned, is dominated by brand new shining wind generators, a XXI century icon.”
More about the initial work at “Terra Cinza”. Opening on july 10 at 21:30 at the MAEDS, Portugal, “Line and Space” with 4 exhibitions by Fábio M. Roque (photography), Filipe Rodrigues (drawing), Miguel Proença (photography) and Rogério Paulo Silva (multimedia). Through september 15. Prints available.
Medusa – work in progress, is an ongoing piece originally based on a documentary photography tradition. The initial version of Medusa was publicly screened in September 2010 with the tittle Who’s a jellyfish in multimedia format. The piece participated in a London presentation of the ASA Collective. In this initial version “Medusa – work in progress” was based on theconcept of a Jellyfish/Medusa, that of following sea currents and only capable of nourishing itself from what is contacted during its meanderings/wanderings. Continue reading “Medusa – work in progress”→