Open Call

Jean-François Chougnet

EDP/MAAT Foundation Acquisition Award
Jury’s choice

Welket Bungué
Metalheart (2020)


FUSO | RESTART Incentive Award
Public’s choice

Kopal Joshy
Letters to Nowhere (2018)


Honorable Mention Award
Jury’s choice

Nuno Cera


The jury was comprised by Margarida Chantre (EDP / MAAT Foundation), Isabel Nogueira (art historian), Irit Batsry (artist), Yuri Firmeza (Open Call 2019 winning artist) and Susana de Sousa Dias (film director) as observer


The jury’s deliberation

This year, the Open Call for the 12th edition of the Fuso Festival received 176 applications, from which 17 pieces by Portuguese and foreign artists living in Portugal were chosen by the artistic director of the Festival, Jean François-Chougnet. The jury wishes to thank, firstly, everyone´s dedicated participation, and congratulates the finalists, especially, for their nomination.

It is with great pleasure and recognition that we announce the winner of this edition, the video by Welket Bungué (Guiné-Bissau, 1988), Metalheart, 2020, for its bare bones visual and audio approach, but also for a markedly raw poetic quality which infuses its reflection on the theme proposed for this year: Diversity. Adversity.

The 7-minute film records the daily story of an excavator that works in a dullness of debris and landscape on a dock in Mindelo, Cape Verde. In this direct approach of the camera to an apparently banal scene arises, from its strangeness, a questioning of the portrait of another reality which co-exists with ours. That iron machine, rusty and slow, exposes the metaphor of our own metallic hearts and of the wounds of a global diversity which the present time announces with its consequent adversities.

The jury also decided to award an honourable mention to the piece HELLO TOMORROW, 2020 by Nuno Cera, for its intimate and fluid visual narrative which the video constructs on the interrogation of future time. Through the window of his own house, the artist wanders between a personal gaze (of the house, from inside, on the I, on yesterday) to a gaze towards the collective side (of the street, of the outside, on the other, on tomorrow), and thereby questions the opposite poles of a dialogue on his and our reality.

Jean-François Chougnet


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