VIAGENS INVISÍVEIS | Artists in Residence | São Tomé

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VIAGENS INVISÍVEIS | Artists in Residence | São Tomé

ANA FONSECA | CARLA CABANAS | MÓNICA DE MIRANDA | SUSANA ANÁGUA

Organization

Xerem Cultural Association | www.xerem.org | www.viagensinvisiveis.xerem.org

Foundation CACAU | www.cacaucultural.com

Exhibition integrated in the 7th International Biennale of São Tome and Principe | Official inauguration on 30 November.

VIAGENS INVISÍVEIS is an artistic residence, designed by the artists Ana Fonseca, Carla Cabanas, Mónica de Miranda and Susana Anagua, which will take place from 11 October to 8 November 2013 in São Tomé and Principe. Program activities include a period of artisticcreation in residence, an Open Day, children’s workshops guided by the artists and an exhibition integrated in the 7th International Biennale of São Tomé and Principe.

With this residence, the artists propose to explore the idea of ​​travel as a metaphor for understanding and knowledge, placing the experience of the place in comparison with the experience of looking.

The project name is borrowed from the title  of Italo Calvino “Invisible Cities” book, in which the author uses a fictional Marco Polo journey to describe 55 wonderful cities, whose stories are more valuable than any wealth that comes from them. The invisible journeys (VIAGENS INVISÍVEIS) taken by these four artists draw paths that questioned the ideas of journey, traveler, abroad. The route that leads from Lisbon to São Tomé produces dynamic displacements, not only physical, in the territory, but also shifts in terms of ideas, enabling them to produce other viewpoints and other narratives. The project thus aims to enable new directions within the field of the creative process, from collaborative practices to participatory and involvement through the diversity of creative actions and specific in situ.

Image

 S/Titulo – From Invisible Texts (6), 2013. Printed paper and gold rich ink,  96 x 68 cm.

Exhibition integrated in the 7th International Biennale of São Tome and Principe | Official inauguration on 30 November.

I presented a project based on the relationship between two of the cities described in Calvino’s book; Octavia and Ercilia are joined together has metaphors to take shape  on a video installation, which highlight important issues: webs of human relationship versus physicality of the new space, São Tomé, its architecture and/or industry / machine.

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(Ir)Reversible Systems, Ersília, 2013.

Video-Installation

400 m cotton wires and nails.

Video colour HDV, no sound, loop.

Variable Dimensions.

Exhibition integrated in the 7th International Biennale of São Tome and Principe | Official inauguration on 30 November.

Image

Rosema, 2013.

Video colour HDV, no sound, loop.

(Work in progress)

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