Next Friday, May 24th, at 9.30 p.m., I’ll be presenting the winning films of the Arquiteturas Film Fest 2018 together with Luca Martinucci at the Edifício A4, Baía do Tejo, Barreiro.
The third issue of the printed series of Contemporânea is now available worldwide in a bilingual edition in a bookshop near you. The present volume is dedicated to Sculpture and I had the pleasure to contribute to it with an anthological essay about the artistic practice of Musa paradisiaca and a shorter text about three selected works from João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva.
I am delighted to announce that the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon is now offering, for the first time and for the academic year 2019/2020, the “Advanced Studies Course in Curating Architecture & Design”, filling the lack of higher education in Portugal in this important and emergent practice, for which I had the pleasure of coordinating the curriculae plan.
On Thursday, May 16th, at 3 p.m., at the Marvila Library, I’ll be talking at the Laboratory “O que é o Arquivo?” (What is the Archive?) together with Catarina Alves Costa, Carla Filipe and José Bragança de Miranda. The starting point is the Marvila area in Lisboa as a territory in transformation where several layers of history and indeterminacy co-exist between rural traces and the current gentrification among other questions that problematise the notion of archive when it comes to the city’s development.
Viagem ao Invisível: Espaço, Experiência, Representação (Journey to the Invisible: Space, Experience, Representation), only available in Portuguese, is a book organised by Luís Santiago Baptista and Maria Rita Pais after a journey they curated to several works of architecture and an exhibition held at Teatro Thalia. The book documents exhaustively all the visited works with several unpublished archive material (drawings, documents, and photographs), but it also includes artistic projects by artists Nuno Cera, Tatiana Macedo, Ricardo Castro, and Spela Hudnik, and critical essays by Inês Moreira, Eliana Sousa Santos, Susana Oliveira and myself.
The exhibition “The Sommer Pavilion in the Garden”, which I had the pleasure of curating (a truly public exhibition for the community in one of the most liveable public spaces of the city of Cascais), will open on Friday April 5th, at 6 p.m., at the Parada Garden (near Casa das Histórias), and it will be on display until May 5th. All are welcome!
For the second edition of Maia Architecture Month, under the theme Fast Forward curated by Andreia Garcia, several architecture studios and critics were invited to think, question and imagine the city of Maia (located in the Porto Metropolitan Area) in 100 years.
Uma Breve História da Curadoria (A Brief History of Curatorship), only available in Portuguese, is a book edited by the artists Sara & André after the cycle of three exhibitions they curated under the title Curated Curators. The book documents the three exhibitions (objects, works and stories), the artists and the curators that had participated and a few more in order to map - as exhaustively as possible - the curatorial activity in the field of visual arts in Portugal.
Next Wednesday October 17th at 6.30 p.m., I’ll be talking with José Pedro Cortes about his latest exhibition A Necessary Realism at the Chiado National Museum for Contemporary Art , with a focus on the visual essays on the body and its multiple inscriptions and the critical awakening of the proper significance of realism.
Next Saturday October 6th, I’ll be talking at the closing debate of the exhibition Building Stories, at Garagem Sul - Centro Cultural de Belém, together with SKREI, and moderated by André Tavares. The exhibition is curated by Amélia Brandão Costa and Rodrigo da Costa Lima and it features works by the studios De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, MAIO and Ricardo Bak Gordon.
Next Friday, June 1st, at 9.00 p.m., I'll be introducing the film Columbus (directed by Kogonada) within the Arquiteturas Film Festival Warm Up. The Portuguese Pre-Premiere of the film is in partnership with Alambique Films and supported by Atelier 18:25, where the screening will take place on the rooftop (Av. 5 de Outubro, n.º 16).
Next Wednesday, the 30th of May, I'll be talking about Scopio Magazine #5 with Victor dos Reis (FBAUL), Pedro Leão Neto (main editor of Scopio Magazine, FAUP), Paulo Catrica (Photographer, UNL) and Rogério Taveira (FBAUL) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon (FAUBL), around an 18h30m (Auditório Lagoa Henriques). After interviewing Hélène Binet, Philippe Ruault, Bas Princen and Thomas Demand for the previous numbers of the magazine, I had the pleasure of interviewing the photographer Paulo Catrica for the current issue and to talk about his training abroad, his main themes, instruments and techniques.
Next Tuesday, 29th of May, I'll be delivering a Seminar within the thematic cycle "Critical readings on the experience of the city" organised by our Art, Criticism and Aesthetic Experience Group, IFILNOVA. The Session will take place between 15h00-18h00, Room Multiusos 2 (Building ID), floor 4, at the FCSH, Nova University in Lisbon. Ana Mira will also be presenting her interesting research.
An exhibition curated by me with a central piece by Luísa Bebiano and a photographic essay by Paulo Catrica about the Portuguese Parliament and the relations between space and power is opening today. The exhibition will be on display between February 17th and April 15th at Casa da Arquitectura, in Matosinhos.
Contemporânea is a monthly digital magazine featuring critical essays, interviews, artists profiles, exhibitions' reviews, and other contents, about contemporary art. For the August issue, I've written about the exhibition "Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker" by Ângela Ferreira in collaboration with Paul Grendon (photographs). The text is in Portuguese and you may read it here.
Curated by Luís Santiago Baptista, the exhibition Fernando Guerra: X-Ray of a photographic practice will open next Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m., at CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém. The exhibition will feature a three voice narrated text written by me on the debate about the definition of architectural photography.
Curated Curators (II) is the second exhibition within a cycle of three curated by the Portuguese artists Sara & André for the gallery Zaratan - Arte Contemporânea. For this second take, they've asked curators, whose primary education is from a different background, but have been working on art exhibitions or across fields, to select a work of art or a piece of an exhibition that they have curated. Following this kind invitation, I've asked the Portuguese artist Paulo Catrica to display a photograph of the series "Places of Intimacy," initially thought for an exhibition that did not take place at the Convent of Jesus in Setúbal, along with a work developed in parallel with SAMI Arquitectos. The exhibition will open this Thursday, 18 of May (2017).
On the 18th of April, Scopio Sophia will be launched at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon (FAUBL), a magazine I co-edit as part of the work that has been developed within the research group for Representation and Images of Architecture of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP). Edward Dimendberg was the invited editor for this first number and Iñaki Bergera for the upcoming number. The Call for Papers is already open. Check the magazine's website.