• Studio Visit 👁

    Rita Senra

    As we enter Rita Senra's studio, we can smell the ink and orange peels spread on the worktable. Among the colored papers, some with stripes and folds, there are the ones tarnished by time. It is in this intermittence, that of time passing, that her practice moves, accepted as it is: necessary and without a compass, a deadline or the urgency of industry or capital.
     
    She prefers materials that do not seem to have a place these days, be it for their apparent fragility or lack of robustness: napkins, forgotten papers in shut-down stores, useless bags, fruit peels. In due time, she gives them the strength and nature of the strongest, but no less sensible material, through coats of paint in marked rhythms, trims and sutures. It recalls the work of the seamstress, spending hours sewing, in compass, but with no watch on her wrist.
     
    Rita studied painting at FBAUP, in Porto, and is part of Sismógrafo. She recently attended the Visual Arts course promoted by FLAD, at the Arquipélago—Centro de Artes, in Açores.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Landra

    Landra, acorn, oaknut. Daughter of the oak, holm oak and cork oak. Resistant to industrialisation, globalisation and the so-called modernisation of agriculture, the landra has remained autonomous, feeding animals other than humans and not suffering from genetic impositions. 
     
    Landra is also the name that Sara Rodrigues and Rodrigo Camacho gave to their part in life and art, made in the company of the many life forms that challenge and teach them to live in a harmonious, complex and balanced way with the natural world. 
     
    During our visit to the territory where they live and work, we talked about plants, microorganisms and animals, drought and hunting, and imagined the contribution of art practices and methodologies to the creation of a different way of living.
  • From 1 to 15 of August

    Temporary closing of the GMP service desk

    The reception of the City Gallery will be closed between the 1st and the 15th of August, but it is always possible to visit the project Surface Encounters, on the building's façade.
    The current work is by Catherina Lisovenko and can be seen until the end of this month. 
     
    The project will also present interventions by Alevtina Kakhidze and the 12345678910 Studio duo who, as in the previous works, will collaborate with artist and designer Irina Pereira to create an exchange zone and a common space between two realities.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Jiôn Kiim

    Jiôn Kiim was born in Busan, South Korea. After attending art schools and residencies in Dresden and Stuttgart, in Germany, she settled in Porto five years ago.
     
    Day-to-day life is spent at Clube de Desenho, a studio shared with other artists, which is also an exhibition space. Painting and drawing come together naturally in her work, using natural pigments, materialised on the scale of notepads and daily notebooks, or of the floor and walls.
     
    The materials range from old, stained paper, bought in reams, to wooden floor panels, which become series "that challenge the antipodes of control, of discipline, of order" and become screens and vertical borders in the studio space. As spectators, we try to recognise symbols and signs, but the ambiguity that comes from these gestures restrains interpretation, giving us back the most real essence of painting.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Matias Romano Aleman

    Oil paintings on paper, wood and on matchboxes, stacked objects, among them a glass body, notebooks, drawings and papers with written notes: these are some of the fragments that make up the chaotic cosmos that defines the studio of Matias Romano Aleman.
     
    Born in Buenos Aires, he has lived in Porto since 2020. Like a gleaner, it is in the city streets and in the objects he finds that he seeks inspiration for his work, crossing the memories of others with his own, combined with the music he listens to and the books he reads. The pieces he creates, whether flat or three-dimensional, reveal an immanent and eccentric restlessness, resulting in works that are as much real as they are fantasy.
     
    In parallel, he created the platform "Archivo de Listas Notas y Dibujos DE La Calle" (instagram: @archivodelistasnotasydibujos), where he shares some of the notes, lists, drawings and notebooks he finds, resulting in an organic archive of anonymous but mundane messages, in permanent growth.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    José Almeida Pereira

    On a visit to José Almeida Pereira's (Guimarães, 1979) studio, located in an old shopping mall in the center of Porto, we are immediately confronted with an unstoppable but slow process of creation, spatially organized by infinite layers of paint.
     
    His practice reveals an obsession with appropriating images, particularly those that reproduce the great works of Western Art History, which we easily recognize the authorship and location in the big European museums. It is from there that the artist provokes and challenges the auratic properties of the compositions, resorting to distortions, fragmentations, and anamorphosis, complemented by technological processes of image filtering, translating into a strangeness that unsettles the vision.
     
    Contrary to the referents used, painting asserts itself as an exercise in metalanguage, where everything is left unsaid, unquestioned, unresolved.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Rita Castro Neves and Daniel Moreira

    Two artists with separate paths, Rita Castro Neves and Daniel Moreira, met in 2015 to form a common path that runs through multiple practices such as photography, drawing, video or performance. They trace footpaths in the territory, follow the animals' rattles, listen to the shepherds' stories, spend the night in stables, record and collect elements of the landscape: "from so much watching, listening and drawing we are like the transforming of humans into animals and vegetation".
     
    In 2022 they created the NEBLINA space, in Porto, a workshop space that is also for occasional exhibitions. A little before, in 2020, they recovered the Macieira School, in the mountains of São Pedro do Sul, turning it into a home-atelier space, where they receive artists for a residency project focused on issues of territory, nature and the rural, on environmental and ecological preservation.
  • The Galeria Municipal do Porto presents a new proposal for Surface Encounters

    Starting today, it is possible to see the new intervention of the project Surface Encounters on the façade of Galeria Municipal do Porto, which until the end of the year will exhibit the works of four Ukrainian artists. 
     
    The new work is by Catherina Lisovenko, an artist whose work investigates representations of power and ideology. In her most recent series of works, the artist responds to Russia's open aggression against Ukraine by addressing forms of resistance, determination, and the search for justice. The presented piece, "Untitled," is inspired by a painting she made in Kiev on February 22, 2022, the day Russia invaded Ukraine. It can be visited on the Galerias's façade until the end of August.
     
    The Surface Encounters project began in May with the work "the same hair", by artist Anna Zvyagintseva, and will also feature contributions by artist Alevtina Kakhidze and the duo 12345678910 Studio (Yevhenii Obraztsov and Anastasiia Omelych). Each image, exhibited for six consecutive weeks, is interpreted by artist and designer Irina Pereira in a gesture that creates a space of encounter and sharing between distinct realities and experiences.
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Saber Fazer

    Saber Fazer was founded in 2011 by Alice Bernardo, as a workshop and creative place that stimulates the senses as soon as you enter: the smell of linen flowers, the texture of sheared wool, or the colours of jars with dyeing plants.
     
    Appealing to the dissemination of knowledge about every raw material or tool, everything integrates a larger repository that goes from assessment to archive, from harvest to production. From three main crafts—Wool, Silk and Linen—aesthetic and practical issues of economic, environmental and social sustainability are addressed, in a sharing platform between apprentices, artisans and professionals in the areas of natural dyeing, weaving, felting, basketry and tapestry.

    Saber Fazer is located in Rua da Aliança 112-114, Porto and is open to all who wish to attend courses and buy raw materials or tools.
     
  • Studio Visit 👁

    Pedra no Rim

    We went to Bonfim to visit Pedra no Rim, a ceramics atelier created by Fabrizio Matos and Israel Pimenta.
     
    Through a political, social and emotional mapping of the neighbourhood, this duo of artists collects abandoned and unusual objects from the streets, mapping each place and recording every detail.
    From shoes, doilies and lost wigs, to rats, cats and pigeons attacked by seagulls, it is up to the clay to eternalize them, reproducing an atlas of urban memories and mythologies, local experiences and vices.
     
    The name "Pedra No Rim" (Kidney Stone) gives a foretaste of the mixture between humour and the bizarre, in a process of self-taught creation, where political strategy emerges in the production and sale of each piece. It is the case of the series "Sapo Anti-Racista" (Anti-racist frog), manufactured in the same quantity as the total number of extreme-right voters in the parish of Bonfim, reverting part of its revenue to the organisation SOS Racismo.
  • Gallery Energy

    Invernomuto @ Público/Ípsilon, by Mariana Duarte

    The triple programme with Invernomuto, highlighted in the Público newspaper, in an article written by Mariana Duarte.
     
    The Italian duo presented two films at the Passos Manuel Cinema, inaugurated EMPIRE 2020 at the Sismógrafo, and, finally, presented a Commented Concert at the Acoustic Shell of the Palácio Gardens, part of the Energy Gallery.
     
    To read the entire interview click here.
  • Studio Visits 👁

    Vera Mota

    In addition to a degree in Fine Arts from FBAUP, contemporary dance has accompanied Vera Mota's path, informing and expanding her artistic practice. The "performative awareness of making" underlines the intimate relationship she explores with the materials, in an organized game of rhythms, concepts and scales, where the body deliberates and sometimes materializes.
     
    The artist conceives the exhibition space and the relationship between artworks as a dedicated choreography, where each volume integrates a synthesis of movements, often embodied in drawing.
    www.veramota.com
  • Studio Visits 👁

    Tânia 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
  • Studio Visits 👁

    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
  • Studio visits 👁

    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.
  • Studio visits 👁

    Letícia 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
  • Anna Zvyagintseva

    Surface Encounters

    Surface Encounters is the latest exhibition project of Galeria Municipal do Porto, which takes to the exterior of the building interventions by four artists from Ukraine who, between April and December 2022 will share their reality with the city through the images and impressions conveyed in each work.
     
    The first piece exhibited is "the same hair", by artist Anna Zvyagintseva (1986, Dnipro, Ukraine), who has been working on themes such as the body, exploring the fragility of life through elusive intangible moments.
     
    Surface Encounters will also feature contributions from artists Catherina Lisovenko and Alevtina Kakhidze and the 12345678910 Studio duo (Yevhenii Obraztsov and Anastasiia Omelych).
     
    Each image will be graphically interpreted by the artist and designer Irina Pereira, a gesture that creates a liminal encounter zone, producing a space of sharing between distinct realities and experiences.
  • Studio visits 👁

    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/
  • May-June

    Anna Zvyagintseva

    Anna Zvyagintseva is an artist from Ukraine. In her practice she investigates imperceptible, impalpable facets of life, showcasing their fragility and documenting elusive intangible moments. Anna is working with topics such as body, paths, useless action and small gestures. She focuses on the idea of potentiality doing something without a clear purpose, she researches how hesitation and mistakes can lead to unexpected encounters and outcomes. Her oeuvre departs from drawing, crossing it with transmedial variations in the field of sculpture, installation, video and painting.

    Surface Encounters


    "the same hair" (2022)
    Anna Zvyagintseva
  • Studio Visits 👁

    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
  • Studio Visits 👁

    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 Elīna Štoļde'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.
  • Applications for the course

    Applications for the course "Compulsive Desires: On Lithium Extraction, Endless Growth, and Self-Optimisation", designed and organised by architect and researcher Marina Otero Verzier, are open from today until April 29. Enrolled within the municipal programme Colectivos Pláka, the course will take place between May 7 and 11, at the Hotelier space (R. de Anselmo Braancamp 324), with a participation cost of 50 euros.
     
    Proposing an alternative understanding of the notions of energy, progress and full life, the course programme is centred on lithium and its multiple role as mood stabiliser and fuel in the so-called transition to a green energy. During the five days of the meeting, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the ongoing plans to start lithium extraction in Northern Portugal and its implications on the degradation of entire ecosystems, through visits to mines and public thermal baths of therapeutic mineralized waters. Throughout these days, they will come into contact with several activists and representatives of national and international movements contesting mining and defending places — including the "Movimento Não às Minas" from Montalegre, "Unidos em Defesa de Covas do Barroso" and "SOS Serra d'Arga" —, who will relate their struggles and experiences in legal and environmental disputes and their forms of action. Together with local and foreign guests with work in different disciplines — Marisol de la Cadena, Susana Caló, Anastasia Kubrak, Michael Marder and Godofredo Pereira —, the group will engage in collaborative and open practices.
     
    The different sessions of "Compulsive Desires" will be conducted in English language. Limited to 30 participants, registrations should be made by sending an email to plaka@agoraporto.pt with the following information: Name; Age; Profession or occupation; Telephone number; Motivation Letter and condensed CV (up to 3,000 characters, with spaces, in English or Portuguese). The selection of participants will be made by the course organiser.
     
    The complete programme of the course can be consulted in the website of the PLÁKA platform.
  • Studio Visits 👁

    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.
  • Studio visits 👁

    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
  • Saturday, april 9, 10pm

    9Kg de Oxigénio — Book launch

    Next Saturday, at 10 pm, we're launching the book resulting from the exhibition 9kg de Oxigénio, presented at GMP in 2019, curated by "A Certain Lack of Coherence", a project managed by André Sousa and Mauro Cerqueira.
     
    The moment will take place in the space of "A Certain Lack of Coherence" on the occasion of the opening of Babi Badalov's exhibition, "Darktoevsky," one of the artists in 9kg de Oxigénio.
     
    The publication has contributions from the 18 participating artists and unpublished texts by Guilherme Blanc and Pedro de Llano.
    Location:
    A Certain Lack of Coherence
    Rua dos Caldeireiros 77, 4050-140 Porto

    The book includes contributions from:
    Guilherme Blanc, Uma Certa Falta de Coerência (André Sousa e Mauro Cerqueira), Pedro de Llano Leira, Babi Badalov, Daniel Barroca, António Bolota, Camilo Castelo Branco, Merlin Carpenter, Rolando Castellón, June Crespo, Luisa Cunha e Fernando J. Ribeiro, Stephan Dillemuth, Loretta Fahrenholz, Pedro G. Romero, Dan Graham, Alisa Heil, Mike Kelley, Ruchama Noorda, Silvestre Pestana, Josephine Pryde, Angel Calvo Ulloa, Xoan Torres.
  • Encounters between Art, Music, Nature and Science

    Gallery Energy

      
    I’m wind, fire, leaf and tree
    I’m spirit, passion and dream
    I light, I heat, I spark
    I power.
     
    I’m matter and force
    I’m actuality, instability, vitality
    I’m mutation and movement
    I change form, place and meaning. 
     
    You can extract and exploit me but not destroy me
    You can ignite and transfer me but not conceive me.
     
    I’m anywhere and nowhere
    Here and there, now and then
    I’m Gallery Energy. 
     
    Together with artists, musicians, poets, scientists and writers, I’ll appear and reappear, running, singing, flying and dancing, across library halls and market stalls, movie theatres and recording studios, wastelands and romantic gardens. 
     
    I’m a year-long cycle of concerts, talks and walks arranged in four threads:

    Science is Art — Considering how science and art discover and interrogate the world, I bring researchers out of the lab, inviting them to share their knowledge about themes that matter for the present of art, such as fear, reproduction and modern alchemy.
    Friday, 8 April — Marta MoitaThe Science of Fear 
    Friday, 22 July — Patricia Saragüeta, The Jaguar’s Friend
     
    Imaginaries — Understanding imaginaries as devices to conceive the present, desire change and create the future, I invite germinal contemporary thinkers to present a source of imaginary important for the present. 
    Friday, 29 April — Teresa CastroThinking with Lichens and Weeds
    Wednesday, 22 June — Saidiya HartmanHistory Retold
     
    Commented Concerts — Conceiving the concert as a conversation, I invite musicians to discuss their stylistic choices, aesthetic influences and references through performance and dialogue. Notes will range from gong resonances to cultural exchanges, and the exploration of cosmic ancestral forces.
    Saturday, 28 May — João Pais FilipeSun Oddly Quiet 
    Sunday, 19 June — InvernomutoBlack Med, Chapters IV & VI 
    Friday, 30 September — Nkisi, Invisible Gestures
     
    Grazes and Grazes — I’ll take you through pathways where nature and the city meet, guided by the attentive gaze of artists and botanists whose research traverses medicine, cuisine and sustainability and whose perspectives challenge taxonomic and topological conventions. 
    Saturday, 9 July — A RecoletoraUnsubmissive Plants
    Image: "Jaguarete", by Patricia Saragüeta
  • Studio visits 👁

    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
  • Studio visits 👁

    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/
  • GMP Editions

    Galeria Municiapal launches 2nd edition of

    After the success of the first edition, the Galeria Municipal do Porto publishes again the book "Musonautas, Visões & Avarias: 1960-2010 - 5 Décadas de Inquietação Musical"!
    The publication is now available for purchase at the Galeria Municipal do Porto counter, or by mail, by contacting gallerymunicipal@agoraporto.pt.
  • Studio visits 👁

    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
  • GMP Editions

    Galeria Municipal launches the publication “To School Out of School”

    “To School Out of School” results from the homonymous contemporary art reflection course, integrated in the second edition of the municipal programme entitled Colectivos Pláka. 
     
    “To School Out of School” was coordinated by Ana Rocha, producer, curator, choreographer and performer, and André Sousa, artist and co-founder of the artistic project "A Certain Lack of Coherence", tooking place in three moments between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. The course brought together national and international artists and thinkers in the creation of a temporary workshop on contemporary studies focusing on collectives, solo actions, informal or institutional structures that develop their projects in the area of ​​curatorship and reflecion about Culture nowadays.
     
    The publication, co-edited by Ana Rocha and André Sousa, brings together contributions from the curators, critics and artists who participated in the course: Adrian Heathfield, Benjamin Seroussi, Catarina Saraiva, Fadwa Naamna, Irit Rogoff, Markus Miessen, Olivier Marbeout, Pedro G. Romero and Stephan Dillemuth, along with drawings by Mauro Cerqueira, and introduction by Guilherme Blanc, Artistic Director of Batalha Centro de Cinema, who curated the initiative and the editorial project.
     
    Promoted within the scope of the Pláka platform, the Colectivos Pláka programme brings together reflection and thought production groups on contemporary art and artistic practice, with the central focus of enhancing opportunities for thinking, learning and knowledge sharing between artists and cultural agents residing in Porto.
     
    Purchases can be made through this website or at the Galeria Municipal do Porto counter.
    Publisher:
    Ágora – Cultura e Desporto do Porto, E.M. / Galeria Municipal do Porto
     
    Editorial project:
    Guilherme Blanc
     
    Editorial:
    Ana Rocha, André Sousa
     
    Contributors:
    Adrian Heathfield 
    Benjamin Seroussi
    Catarina Saraiva
    Fadwa Naamna
    Guilherme Blanc
    Irit Rogoff
    Markus Miessen
    Mauro Cerqueira
    Olivier Marbeout
    Pedro G. Romero
    Stephan Dillemuth
     
    Editorial coordination:
    Tiago Dias dos Santos
     
    Graphic Design:
    José Peneda
     
    Translation:
    Cláudia Coimbra
    Martin Dale
     
    Proof revision:
    Cláudia Gonçalves
    Diana Reis
    Hernâni Baptista

    Photography:
    Renato Cruz Santos
     
    Printing:
    Empresa Diário do Porto
     
    ISBN: 
    978-972-99913-3-2
     
    Price:
    10€
  • Studio visits 👁

    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.
  • Revisiting Public Programmes

    "Statues of Tehran", by Bahman Kiarostami

    Part of the public programme of the exhibition "Desertado. Algo que aconteceu pode acontecer novamente", the documentary "Statues of Tehran" was presented, signed by the director Bahman Kiarostami. 
     
    The filmic work questions the function of monuments in today’s Tehran, a postmodern and ideologically overburdened mega-metropolis, afflicted by oblivion. The piece retraces the fate of two important public sculptures: the first, a pioneering work commissioned by the royal family in the 1970s by the then most prominent sculptor of modernity, Bahman Mohassess; the second, a tribute to the Islamic Revolution installed in Revolution Square, by Iraj Eskandari. Under the aegis of the Revolution, the former was condemned first to neglect and finally to be stored, while the latter became a reference piece among the profusion of public projects celebrating the Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War.
    An exhibition by:
    Maria Trabulo
     
    Curated by:
    Pieternel Vermoortel
     
    With the artists:
    Abbas Akhavan, Ana Kun, Bahman Kiarostami, Dora García, Flaka Haliti, Jeremiah Day, Loukia Alavanou, Melvin Moti and Pilvi Takala.
  • Studio visits 👁

    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.
  • Revisiting exhibitions

    Editar Evento - 'Luchona, por Gabriel Chaile' ▲ PortuguêsInglês Titulo - EN

    As part of the group exhibition "Feet of Clay" curated by Chus Martínez and Filipa Ramos, in 2021 at GMP, Gabriel Chaile presented a sculpture entitled "Luchona".
     
    "My work is linked to an anthropological predisposition of understanding our own things. I always took myself as an object of study on a visual level and a lot of things appeared from there. I always took what was closest to me first, and that was working-class life. I saw those images, I saw my mother baking bread all her life in a clay oven and my father, a bricklayer, arriving late, not sleeping, not resting much, working a lot. All situations that I approach formally and visually, are a way to talk about what doesn’t happen in the mainstream of society and which is there, it
    has to do with life in places that are not visible." Gabriel Chaile
     
    In Latin America, luchona [fighter] is a derogatory name given to young single mothers who are considered to be immature and irresponsible for partying hard while raising their children. Gabriel Chaile’s monumental Luchona pays tribute to these women by revealing their resourceful and loving nature.
    We revisited the archive of Galeria Municipal do Porto, bringing to the present some of the pieces, exhibition projects or moments part of the public and learning programmes since 2016.
     
    Feet of Clay
    12.06 – 22.08.2021
     
    Curated by:
    Chus Martínez
    Filipa Ramos
     
    Artists:
    Neïl Beloufa
    Isabel Carvalho
    Gabriel Chaile
    Pauline Curnier Jardin
    Formabesta (Salvador e Juan Cidrás)
    Tamara Henderson
    Ana Jotta
    Eduardo Navarro



     
    Gabriel Chaile.
    "Luchona", 2021.
    Metal structure, adobe, wood, soil.
    Courtesy of the artist and Barro, Buenos Aires and ChertLüdde, Berlim.
  • GMP Editions

    Galeria Municipal do Porto launches the book “Masks”

    In 2020 Galeria Municipal do Porto hosted the exhibition "Máscaras (Masks)". The publication, co-edited with Mousse Publishing, is now available for purchase.
     
    The exhibition project, which was curated by João Laia and Valentinas Klimašauskas, focused on the role of masks throughout history, materialized in the works of twenty-one artists. An artifact present in society since ancient times, the mask took the most varied forms and roles: from caricature to camouflage, from imitation to social makeup, going through the online and offline world. In the words of the curators, the mask brought together “completely different people in time and space”.
     
    Thought even before the pandemic, the exhibition was presented when masks became mandatory at the entrance of museums. Two years later, these objects are still present in everyday life, giving the publication a pressing and current symbology. The editorial project, also undertaken by the two curators, had contributions from Guilherme Blanc, Grada Kilomba, Zack Blas and the collective Omsk Social Club. More than a catalogue, “Masks” is an extension of the exhibition project in book format, prolonging its reflections through unpublished and complementary textual contributions to the exhibition.
    The publication is available for purchase at the Galeria Municipal do Porto counter, or by mail, via the email gallerymunicipal@agoraporto.pt.
  • Revisiting Public programmes

    Erro 417: Talks, walks and performances

    The public programme of the exhibition “Erro 417: Expectativa Falhada” was presented in two moments, bringing together a set of activities composed of talks, walks and performances.
    The first moment included the poet and indigenous researcher Ellen Lima, who proposed a walk through the gardens of Palácio de Cristal. Later, Lima joined in a talk with Coletivo FACA and Marta Espiridião, curator of the exhibition project. On the same day, the performance "Estomacus", by the duo Trypas Corassão, was also presented in the exhibition space.
     
    In the second part of the programme, there was a talk entitled "Error 406: Not Acceptable" with the participation of Hilda de Paulo, Luan Okun and Marta Espiridião. Okun also presented the performance "O jeito que o corpo dá", which had the collaboration of Joni Ricos and video projection by Yuna Turva.
    February 14th and 19th, 2022
  • Studio visits 👁

    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
  • Studio visits 👁

    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
  • Revisiting the Learnning programme

    An analysis of the Colonial Exhibitions, by Bambi Ceuppens

    In May of this year, we received the anthropologist and curator Bambi Ceuppens for a conference that focused on the analysis of the Colonial Exhibitions in Porto, in 1934, and in Brussels, in 1958, focusing on the issue of human zoos and on the ethical implications of these events in contemporaneity.
     
    The moment, presented in the auditorium of Biblioteca Municipald Almeida Garret, was part of the axis "Um Elefante no Palácio de Cristal", curated by Alexandra Balona, Melissa Rodrigues and Nuno Coelho with InterStruct Collective. Part of ping! – Programa de Incursão à Galeria.
     May 13, 2022
  • Revisiting Public programmes

    Guided visit and film projection with Milena Bonilla

    The public programme of the exhibition "The Hour Before Sunset" by Milena Bonilla, curated by Juan Luis Toboso, took place on the weekend of February 5th and was attended by the artist for a guided tour of the exhibition and also for the projection of the film "I am Life and Life is Beautiful", part of the exhibition project. The screening was followed by a talk between Bonilla and Filipa Ramos.
    February 6th, 2022
    Auditorium of Biblioteca Municipald Almeida Garrett
  • Studio visits 👁

    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
  • Revisiting exhibitions

    The Oracle, by Diana Policarpo

    Part of the exhibition “Nets of Hyphae” by Diana Policarpo, the artist presents the video entitled “The Oracle”. The piece provides a historical contextualization of ergot, from Greek mythology to the Middle Ages, highlighting the pioneering knowledge and practices of midwives, healers, and peasants, in traditional medicine, pharmacology and obstetrics. Through this work, the artist also draws connections between women’s struggles for reproductive justice, from the Salem witch trials to abortion rights today.
     
    “Claviceps purpurea, also known as ergot, is a parasitic fungus that infects grains and grasses, especially rye, destroying the ovaries of plants. ‘When I discovered that it attacked the reproductive system of plants, I immediately established a parallel with the human body and the reproductive health of women’, explains Diana Policarpo. This fungus has hallucinogenic and medicinal properties, having been used over several decades by healers and midwives, to perform abortions and help women in the pre and postpartum period. It was even one of the plants used for abortive purposes by enslaved women (raped by enslavers and colonizers) who did not want to give birth to future slaves.” — in Jornal Público, January 12, in an interview by the journalist Mariana Duarte.
     
    The exhibition “Nets of Hyphae” was presented at GMP netween 2020 and 2021 and was curated by Stefanie Hessler and coproduced by Kunsthall Trondheim.
    We revisited the archive of Galeria Municipal do Porto, bringing to the present some of the pieces, exhibition projects or moments part of the public and learning programmes since 2016.

    Nets of Hyphae 
    Diana Policarpo
    04.12.2020 - 25.04.2021
     
    Curated by:
    Stefanie Hessler
     
    Co-production:
    Kunsthall Trondheim

    Diana Policarpo
    "The Oracle", 2020.
    Video, 10’ loop.

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