Studio Visits πŸ‘
Aimed at discovering, revisiting and getting closer to the community of artists of Porto, GMP launches Studio Visits πŸ‘. In an informal and curious way, our team visit the ateliers and creative spaces of the city.
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Studio Visits πŸ‘

TΓ’nia Dinis

We went to the studio/home of Tânia Dinis, as her artistic practice is so intimately linked to the domestic scale, crossing photographic and filmic memories from her family, in a diaristic universe that reveals itself.
 
Her training in Theatre Studies at ESMAE and a Masters in Contemporary Art Practices FBAUP, led her work to the possibilities of cinema, playing with the movement of film, the static of photography and projection devices. The analogue material, in dialogue with the past, assists the perspectives of memory and fiction, creating narratives where time assumes a preponderant role.
 
In the artist's words — "I'm interested in what you're not seeing, what can be constructed and fictionalised from the image" — and it is through the layers, the overlapped planes and the optical lenses that history is written, resignified and transformed. 
www.taniasofiadinis.wixsite.com/tania

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Ruben Santiago

This week we visited the studio of artist Ruben Santiago. Originally from Lugo, Galicia, and living in Porto, Ruben Santiago is interested in the relationship between alchemy and symbolism. 
During our visit, he told us about how he has been materializing the cyclical transmutation of life, creating works in which the symbolic and conceptual traditions intersect in an anthropogenic world. 
In this image, we see one of the 60 Baobab seeds that he used in the work "Not what is cracked up to be", in which he pays homage to the pictorial traditions of the Australian aborigine communities with which he lived.
 
 
www.rubensantiago.net

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Cristina Mateus

Cristina Mateus was, for a long time, a woman artist in a group of mostly male artists. It is at this period that she approaches multimedia, attracted by the technological demands that the multidisciplinarity of this artistic medium imposed in the 1990's. The cinema of Kiarostami, Agnés Varda and Pedro Costa led her to understand that the work is done outside the studio, often on the road, driving, or during a walk. 
The routine of research was fundamental to understand "that the night is constructive and the day is one of accumulation". And it is in this cycle that her works are photographs of the equipment she uses to collect images, like cameras, and of the writing for her doctorate, like the computer screen. 
 
—"The artistic work is not in the places where you expect it to be", she tells us.  
 
Besides being an artist, Cristina Mateus is also a professor at FBAUP. There, she focuses on the processes of creation of meanings and senses, working on the creation of a "lighter" art school, adapted to issues such as neurodiversity and inclusion.

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LetΓ­cia Maia

What is the relationship between body, power and performance? This question has become central to the practice of Letícia Maia, an artist who has been living in Portugal since 2019 and who articulates her training in "Arts of the Body", in São Paulo, with the master's project in Visual Arts, by FBAUP, in Porto.
 
It is through performance, but also photography, video and objects, that the artist explores "the body as a problem". She crosses exercises and choreographies, unfolding theoretical concepts such as "docile-bodies", to question the social construction of the body.
 
Letícia's actions trigger poetics that challenge us to rethink the world and its norms. Maybe even "learn to disobey" (“aprender a desobedecer”).
 
www.cargocollective.com/leticiamaia

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Tales Frey

We went to Tales Freys's atelier at the Túnel space, an old print factory in Campanhã, converted into a shared artists studio.
 
Living in Porto since 2008, Frey uses performance as the main medium for visual and discursive expression, crossing video, sculpture or writing. Some of his most recent works, such as the collaborative performance "Veste Única", explore aesthetic syntheses on the notion of living in community, reflecting on the possibilities of building a common body. He has been exploring new conceptual and aesthetic challenges, including in his artistic production a documental, graphic and signifiable dimension.
 
He is represented by Galeria Verve, in São Paulo and Shame, in Brussels, and until May 7th, we can visit his exhibition "Indexxx" at Galeria Ocupa, in Porto.
http://ciaexcessos.com.br/tales-frey/

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Paralaxe

From the study of the planets, to seismology or meteorology, the research project PARALAXE explores places foreign to artistic practice, encouraging artists to occupy and rethink these spaces.
 
We went to meet Carolina Grilo Santos, Diana Geiroto and Luisa Abreu, who created the Paralaxe in 2019, already counting on a second edition. The first, occupied the Instituto Geofísico da Universidade do Porto, with the second cycle taking place at the Observatório Astronómico Prof. Manuel de Barros, in Gaia.
 
Between the Meridian Circle and the Great Telescope, the artists turned the territory and the scientific equipment into a crossed laboratory that will open its doors next May 7th, at 5pm, with an exhibition of the works developed in residence by Beatriz Sarmento, Bruno Silva, Carlos Mensil, Ece Canli, H0b0, Joana Ribeiro and Juliana Campos.
www.paralaxe.space

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Gata da Mata

We went to meet Gata da Mata, a project for knowledge and sharing about food and territories, which stems from Aija Repsa and ElΔ«na ŠtoΔΌde's fascination with nature and cooking.
 
Over several years, the two chefs "by training and heart" have been accumulating knowledge and sharing experiences about wild plants, mushrooms and bacteria.
 
Having come from Latvia about 10 years ago, it was on the Northern beaches of Portugal that they started a new research and collection of Atlantic seaweed. Gata da Mata organises low tide walks, fermentation workshops and regular publications on plant species, and have been networking with the community through DIY projects, rooted in the desire to change lifestyle behaviours and eating habits, fostering the link between community and biodiversity.
 

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Thais de Menezes

Colour, words of command and Samba — this is the studio in Porto of artist Thais de Menezes.
 
Her practice grows in parallel with the historical and visual research she is developing at the Master in Art History at FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa, focused on the different dynamics of the "construction of the other". Based on the pieces "Cabeça de preto", by Soares dos Reis, Thais questions the hegemonic narratives of art history in which Black people and bodies are captured as iconographic categories.
 
Thais' critical and urgent approach crosses intersectional, feminist, and decolonial readings, proposing new configurations and experiences. This is the case of her paintings "ORÍ de Preto" (Black ORÍ) —"ORÍ" being a Yoruba prefix meaning head—with which she opposes and challenges Black representations, in contrast to the whiteness imposed throughout history.
 

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Clarice Cunha

Disposable monuments, material unfoldings and paradoxical dialogues, are some of the imaginaries explored by the artist Clarice Cunha. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, she lives in Porto since 2019, where she articulates, through a hybrid language, her education in Architecture and Urbanism and the Master in Fine Arts.
 
From observations on urban territory, landscape formation and the materiality of cities, Clarice reflects on the human presence and how its intense activity has profoundly altered and explored urban and natural environments.
 
From a research process marked by intensive collection and cataloging, results sculptures, installations and scenographies, which take us to a metalinguistic game about the ruin of the world, articulated in a playful and simultaneously critical way.
 
In 2021, she participated in the Anuário project with the piece "Sondagem", being her last project “Fábulas sobre a fauna urbana: sala de estar para gatos errantes", an intervention for the Entre Montra platform, in the Parnaso building, Porto.

 
www.claricecunha.com.br
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Mariana Vilanova

How can technology become an extension of the body and memory? — This is perhaps one of the major questions approched by Mariana Vilanova in her work.
 
In a digital journey through the processes of simulation and reconstruction of images, the artist tells us about the manipulations of human and artificial memory in works like "Evoking a Simulated Past", but also about the premises of Russian Cosmism, with which she worked for her last exhibition "Before and After Us" at Rampa space.
 
Living in Porto, Mariana Vilanova has been exploring a permanent dialogue between space and time, reflecting on the impact of the digital in the apprehension of information and in a production of images that merge the representation of the visible with the poetics of scale.
 
www.marianavilanova.com
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Joana da Conceição

Psychedelic camellias, feminist echoes of Classical Antiquity, Yoda's manicured hands, delirious geometry — these are some of the fragments of the multifaceted work of artist Joana da Conceição.
 
Born in Porto and currently residing in Lisbon, after a period of residence in New York, the artist has a syncretic practice, being also the founder, along with André Abel, of Tropa Macaca, one of the most active musical duos in the country.
 
During our visit to his studio, in an old and picturesque cultural association in Lisbon, we talked about his love for prehistoric forms and imagery, his relationship between images and sounds, and his most recent exhibition, at Quérela, where she created an intimate and scenic environment with paintings and sounds, which we also visited.
https://joanadaconceicao.com/
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Alisa Heil

We visited "Tiresias Und Der Kleine Tod", Alisa Heil's exhibition/installation at Espaço Mira. Based on the Greek mythology of Tiresias, a blind prophet of Apollo in Thebes, who was for seven years turned into a woman, Heil created an immersive and sensorial environment, where material elements and lighting, sound and olfactory compositions surround us, transforming our perceptual experience. The visit was made together with curator Fernanda Brenner, artistic director of Pivô Arte e Pesquisa in São Paulo.
 
Born in Germany, Alisa Heil lives in Porto, occasionally working under the pseudonym Abraham Winterstein, a combination of the maiden names of her two grandmothers. Heil focuses on the feminine representation of mythology and popular culture, reflecting it in the present through the sensoriality of materials. She has programmed, since 2017, the independent art space Kunsthalle Freeport, at Stop Shopping Centre, in Porto.
 
www.alisaheil.net
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Samuel Wenceslau

"A stain is also beauty", teach us Samuel Wenceslau. Artist originally from Nova Lima (Brazil) and currently living in Porto, Samuel welcomed us in his studio-garden-home that houses plants and images of plants, archives and scenography, memory and discovery, affections and research. 
 
During our Study visit, we talked about his relationship with botany and discovered the affective-formal nomenclatures he has been creating through graphic representations of plants and mosses. In his project "Studiolo Gráfico / Inventário Gráfico de Formas Naturais", Samuel brings together elements from the landscape of Minas Gerais and Northern Portugal. 
 
Besides being a visual artist, Samuel is also the "Queen of Scrap", collecting abandoned objects in the streets, and is part of the Kebraku collective.
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Paula Pinto

We visited the studio of the curator Paula Parente Pinto, co-curator of the exhibition "Que Horas são Que Horas / Uma Galeria de Histórias" which took place at Galeria Municipal do Porto in 2021. Her transdisciplinary research focuses on historical research and the recovery and activation of archives.
 
During our visit, Paula Parente Pinto showed us the work she is developing around the performance collection of art critic Egídio Álvaro. The various materials that make up the collection, originally archived in Paris, were brought to Porto by the curator, and are now being researched, restored and catalogued. They will soon be shared through a programme of activities at the RAMPA space, a project developed thanks to a Criatório 2021 support grant.
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Svenja Tiger

We headed to Bonfin to visit the studio of Svenja Tiger, who took part in the last edition of the Anuário project.
 
Trained in costume design and fine arts, Svenja Tiger conceives of textiles as a form of painting in which she celebrates the multiplicity of bodies, shaping their possible mutations.
Influenced by fables and folk tales, mythologies and fictions, the artist crosses the real and folklore, the human, animal and natural in artworks in which the body is both vehicle, adornment and movement.
 
 www.svenjatiger.com
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Pedro Moreira

We visited Sarau Studio where Pedro Moreira works, whose artistic practice explores questions of identity. Combining theology, mythology and esotericism, Pedro Moreira creates imaginary forms and beings that organically emerge from their videos, installations, performances and ceramic sculptures.

www.pedmoreira.com
www.pedmoreira.com
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Dayana Lucas

Dayana Lucas, in residence at Ateliers Municipais, was the first artist we visited in an encounter that led us to talk about her current work, which crosses drawing, sculpture, performance and graphic design. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Dayana Lucas has lived in Porto for several years, where she recently launched Orinoco, an editorial project dedicated to the publication of artist's books, each with its own identity and format.
 
Artist Uriel Orlow, who has been developing the workshop "Assembly of Plants" with ping!, also joined the visit.
 
www.dayanalucas.com
www.urielorlow.net
www.dayanalucas.com
www.urielorlow.net

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