Alia Syed was born in Swansea, Wales and lives between London and Glasgow. She has been making experimental films in Britain for over 25 years. Alia Syed's films examine memory, representation and colonialism through narratives constructed from personal and historical realities. Her two most recent works combine her interest in storytelling with a compelling presentation of history as a visual narrative; using diverse subjectivities to reframe both the time flow of the river Thames and the regeneration of the city of Glasgow respectively. Her unique approach sutures different subjective positions in relation to culture, diaspora, and location, specifically in relation to gender and notions of cultural difference. Syed’s films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world including BBC Arts Online (currently), The Triangle Space: Chelsea College of Arts (2014), Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012-13, 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009); XV Sydney Biennale (2006); Hayward Gallery, London (2005); Tate Britain, London (2003); Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, Scotland (2002); Iniva, London (2002); The New Art Gallery in Walsall (2002); and Tate Modern, London (2000). Syed’s films have also been the subject of several solo exhibitions at Talwar Gallery in New York and New Delhi. She is represented by Talwar Gallery in New York and New Delhi and was nominated for the Jarman Award in 2015.
Actor, director and drama teacher, with 25 years of experience in amateur and professional theatre. He participated in various theatre shows, performances, dance theatre and poetry recitals. He graduated in Theatre from the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, and did complementary training with Jorge Parente in Body and Voice, based on the Body Alphabet method of Zygmunt Molik.
He worked as a staging assistant to João Brites and held functions as pedagogical coordinator and teacher at the courses promoted by the theatre company O Bando. Braga also frequented a course with Sofia Cabrita and Paula Patraquim in Teatro do Oprimido. His Master’s thesis is in Bioethics, with the topic of the operational application of Theater of the Oppressed in the debate on ethical dilemmas. He has been working with children, youngsters and adults since 2007, using theatre as a personal development tool in its pedagogical, therapeutic and social components.
I am Cristiana Branquinho, I’m 19 years old and I was born in São Miguel.
I am currently studying for a degree in Theatre at ESAD in Caldas da Rainha. Previously, I was enrolled at the Antero de Quental high school, Azores, where I studied visual arts.
Filipe Freitas graduated in Equipment Design at the Universidade de Lisboa and is now beginning his studies in 3D animation and special effects for his master’s degree in sound and image at the Art School at Universidade Católica do Porto (Porto, Portugal). Much of his work addresses science fiction and fantastic creatures.
Gabriela Oliveira was born in the Azores, where she lives and works. She is a biologist and environmental manager and is responsible for environmental awareness projects. She had previously worked as a tourist guide in whale watching. Oliveira is also an amateur photographer.
Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro graduated in sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, and holds a PhD in Fine Arts from Chelsea College, University of Fine Arts, London. Visiting Tutor at the Central St. Martins’ College of Art & Design, London (1998 to 2006). Her interests encompass art practice, art education, as well as critical research and writing. Her artistic work reflects on identity and contextual issues, as a way of questioning the very notion of the individual, between the personal and social narratives. She has carried out curatorial work for various institutional collections and also in alternative exhibition contexts. She has regular editorial activity, which includes artists' books. Since 2004, Vaz-Pinheiro has been teaching at the i2ADS – Institute of Research in Art, Design and Society is a R&D unit based at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP).
Gui Athayde is a Brazilian illustrator and cultural animator, currently living between Portugal and Germany. His goal is to produce meaningful work and tell stories that move people.
Hoji Fortuna was born in Luanda, Angola. He studied law at the Faculty of Law of Universidade Agostinho Neto (1990-1993/Angola), and at Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Porto Regional Center (1997-2000/Portugal). Graduated in Local Governance at Cefa - Centro de Estudos e Formação Autárquica de Coimbra (1994-1996/Portugal). Fortuna also attended drama courses at: Act-Escola de Atores (2005/Portugal); Stella Adler Studio of Actors (2009-2010/EUA); Berlinale Talent Campus (2014/Germany), and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2015/England). He is a professional actor since 2001, having worked in theater, cinema and TV, both in Portugal and abroad, for numerous cable TV networks, streaming platforms and cultural institutions, such as: SIC, TVI, RTP, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Sony Pictures, ABC Network, BBC, AMC Networks, Rede Globo, Netflix and Amazon. In 2011 he was awarded the “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” by the Africa Movie Academy Awards and in 2021. He wrote, produced, directed and financed the short film “A Lisbon Affair”, which is in the official selection at the 29th New York African Film Festival, 2022.
Born in São Miguel, in the Azores, Inês Vieira always demonstrated an interest in the arts, which resulted in her participation in theatre classes and acting workshops for cinema. She has a graduate degree in Cinema from the Universidade da Beira Interior, with a specialization in the field of photography.
John Tokumei likes to stay up until late creating new things.
From music to drawing and most recently, films. Tokumei is a student of all that comes from the soul.
José Taborda (b. Lisbon, 1994). Holds a degree in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. Studied Fine Arts at the BAUHAUS Universität in Weimar, Germany. Awarded with the 1st prize A.J. Millennium BCP Foundation - Carpe Diem Foundation Prize; the 1st prize D. Fernando Sculpture Prize, and the Bauhaus Essentials Prize. Taborda exhibits regularly in Portugal and abroad. Among his recent exhibitions are: “Fénix”, Graça Brandão Gallery (2022); “Tracing the Infrathin”, Monitor Gallery, Lisbon (2022); the solo exhibition “Wing Walking”, Eigenheim Gallery, Berlin (2021); 71st Jeune Création, Fiminco Fondation, Paris (2021); Apophenia Las Palmas, Spain; Culturgest, Porto (2021); WIMBA, Steneby Konsthall, Sweden (2021); the solo exhibition “149,597,870 KM in 7 steps”, Ocupa Gallery, Porto (2021); “New Beginnings”, VOGUE Magazine Portugal (2021); Maia Bienal, Forum Maia, Portugal (2021); “9 Gabinetes”, MU.SA, Sintra, Portugal (2021); “Cruise Control”, Mono, Lisbon (2021).
Júlio F. R. Costa
Júlio F. R. Costa (b. 1989) has written and published articles in the ambit of a philosophy within the framework of the contemporary art market, namely about the work of art as a commodity and the position of the artist in today's art world. As a visual artist, he is interested in experimental video with an emphasis on experimental animation - taking advantage of his taste for drawing to make it "a bit more animated". He has participated in national and international festivals, as well as art exhibitions. His first novel “Retalhos da Vida de Eduardo Lopo'' (Fragments of the Life of Eduardo Lopo) was published in 2019. Costa is President of Colectivo249 (www.colectivo249.com), where he fights for the decentralization of Art.
Laura Brasil is an Azorean director, born in Angra do Heroísmo. She was always eager to explore the deep meaning of things and of the human consciousness and has always been fascinated by the art of storytelling. She graduated in Cinema from the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema de Lisboa. Throughout her career, she has made and participated in several films and has had her work shown in national and international festivals. She wants to highlight her films “O Choro dos Ilhéus” (2009); “Verde Cinza” (2018); “Um Beijo na Testa” (2010); and her participation in 'Flores' (2017), by Jorge Jácome. She invariably imprints a very characteristic sense of aesthetics in her projects, working mainly on the emotions that the image (and the sound) can transmit through the beauty of the frame, the game between in and out of frame, and the individual memory that each of them suggests. Currently, she is bringing photography and video together in installations.
Léna Lewis-King (b.1999) is an artist-filmmaker based in Portugal. Léna Lewis-King’s work engages with everyday magical transformations emerging from the intersections between nature and technology. Framing her perspective from a feminist viewpoint, she often addresses psychic and spiritual aspects of lived experience, as her films meditate on the impact that the techno-capitalist acceleration exerts upon ephemeral life and upon life on the planet. Lewis-King´s curatorial experiences include co-founding the Apertura Institute (2022), and founding the online publication ‘open2’ (2020-21), as well as curating the group show ‘Point and Shoot’ at Platform Gallery, Kingston School of Art, London (2020).
Leonor Sousa is a visual artist born in Lisbon (Portugal), where she is currently based. Her work is focused on the fields of painting, performance and installation, through which she explores and researches the notions of space, architecture and trajectory. By creating geographical gestures through essayistic methods, Sousa questions the human experience in spaces, through the notions of "being in" and "existing where". The aim is to rethink and revisit the paradigms of space and cartography.
Marcelo Moscheta (1976, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil). Lives and works in Coimbra, where he is conducting research for his PhD in Contemporary Art. Since the beginning of his artistic career in the year 2000, Moscheta works on a practice based art, with strong conceptual references, creating works and exhibitions which result from journeys to remote places, where he collects materials and images from nature, reproducing them through drawing and photography to create installations and objects. Lately, his research is focused on the main relationships of man and environment, technology and memory, identities and nomadism.
Displacement, Territory, Landscape and Memory are his main interests. Moscheta has received several awards and research grants including, among others: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2017); The Drawing Center Open Sessions Program (2015); Funarte's Visual Arts Production Stimulus Grant (2014); Marc Ferrez Photography Prize (2012); I Pipa Popular Jury Prize in 2010. He is represented in various private and institutional collections.
Marco Machado was born last century, in 1981. From an early age, he was fascinated by the possible worlds outside this world and, at the age of 7, he told his primary school teacher that he wanted to be a diver like Jacques Cousteau or a scientist like Carl Sagan.
Despite his talent for diving, he had not been aware of the beauty that exists in a mathematical equation. Thus, a few years later, he decided to graduate in Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication Sciences, because he believed that in television and cinema all worlds are possible. After he completed the course, he worked as assistant director in some series, realizing that glamour on TV only exists in tabloids. He then decided to be a biologist and returned to university to fulfil this goal, resulting in the publication of his first and only scientific article. In 2015 he began working with art and with contemporary artists, thrilled by the possibilities of encountering other worlds and other universes.
Maxime Martinot is a French director, editor and writer. After his film studies at the University of Paris 8, he worked between Brittany, Paris and Lisbon. His first feature film, “Trois contes de Borges” (Three Tales of Borges) (2014), won two prizes at FIDMarseille —Marseille International Film Festival,and was released in French theaters in 2018. His short essay film Histoire de la révolution won the Best Short Film Award at the Entrevues- Belfort International Film Festival (France/2019). In 2022, his short film “Les Antilopes” was selected by the Académie des César for the César for best documentary short film.
Ricardo Leandro (1982) has a degree in Visual Arts from the University of Évora and is currently in the second year of his master's degree in Multimedia Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. His works are based on video and sound, installation and writing, and of late he has been developing projects that use transmedia practices, where the concepts of art and entertainment are constantly put to the test, in order to incite debates about the message of the artistic work and its relationship with the public.
Sara Carneiro (Viseu, 1994) is a Portuguese visual artist, presently living and working in Matola, Mozambique. After her graduation in Multimedia from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, Portugal (2017), Sara Carneiro moved to Mozambique, to teach multimedia at the Faculty Arts of the Institute of Arts and Culture (ISArC). In the past few years the artist has been showcasing her work in international exhibitions and film festivals. Her film “Chapter One: The Arrival”, was screened in various festivals, with particular emphasis on: the Boda Boda Lounge: Transcontinental Video Art Festival, (18 cities across the African continent); Proyector / Video Art Platform, Madrid, Spain; short/age – Short Films for a New Age, Viseu, Portugal; and Kugoma Festival, Maputo, Mozambique. In 2021, she premiered “Chapter Two: Dominance” in the Maputo Fast Forward Festival at the iconic movie theater Scala. Creating abstract and atmospheric imagery in mediums ranging from sculpture to experimental film, Sara explores symbolic relations between materials that allow her to speak about history, identity and notions of power.
Remy Jungerman (1959), one of the most important artists in the Netherlands, attended the Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies in Paramaribo, Surinam, before moving to Amsterdam where he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. In his work, Jungerman explores the intersection of pattern and symbol in Surinamese Maroon culture, the larger African diaspora, and 20th century Modernism, placing fragments of Maroon textiles and other materials found in the African diaspora—the kaolin clay used in several religious traditions or the nails featured in Nkisi Nkondi power sculpture—in direct contact with materials and imagery drawn from more “established” art traditions, Jungerman presents a peripheral vision that both enriches and informs our perspective on art history.
Jungerman represented the Netherlands at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. Jungerman is co-founder and curator of the Wakaman Project, drawing Lines – connecting dots. Wakaman, which means “walking man,” was born out of a desire to examine the position of visual artists of Surinamese origin and to raise their profile(s) on the international stage. He has exhibited works internationally including at: 58th Venice Biennial, Dutch Pavilion, IT; Prospect3, New Orleans; Brooklyn Museum, New York, El Museo del Barrio, New York, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, US; Rennie Museum, Vancouver, CA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum Arnhem; Fridman Gallery, New York; Goodman Gallery, London; Havana Biennale; Museum Bamako, Mali; Museum Tromso, Norway; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe.
Monica de Miranda
Monica de Miranda is an Angolan Portuguese visual artist, filmmaker and researcher who works and lives between Lisbon and Luanda. Her work – which incorporates photography, video, drawing, sculpture and installation – investigates postcolonial politics of geography, history, and subjectivity in relation to Africa and its diaspora through a critical spatial arts practice often engaging documentary and fictional modes. De Miranda is affiliated with the University of Lisbon where she is engaged on projects dealing with ethical and cultural aspects of contemporary migration movements linked to lusophone Africa, such as Post-Archive: Politics of Memory, Place and Identity. She studied at Camberwell College of Arts and Institute of Education and has a doctorate in Visual Art from Middlesex University. De Miranda is a co-founder of the artist residency project Triangle Network in Portugal and in 2014, she founded Hangar – Center for Artistic Research in Lisbon Her works have been exhibited internationally, including at the 12th Berlin Biennale (2022); Bienalsur – International Contemporary Art Biennial from the South (2020); Houston FotoFest Biennial (2020); Lubumbashi Biennale (2020); Dakar Biennale (2016); Bamako Encounters African Biennale of Photography (2016); and the 14th Architecture Biennale of Venice (2014) as well as in museums and galleries such as the Pera Museum in Istanbul (2017) and Caixa Cultural in Rio de Janeiro (2017). Her work is represented in public collections including The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon, Portugal.
Yuri Firmeza is a professor of the Cinema and Audiovisual course at the Federal University of Ceará (Brazil), where he is a member of the Laboratory of Audiovisual Studies and Experimentation. Doctoral candidate in Multimedia Art at the University of Lisbon and collaborating member of CIEBA (Center for Research and Studies in Fine Arts). He organized, together with Clara Bastos, Leonardo Mouramateus and Érico Araújo Lima, the seminar and the book “The work of ruins: genealogies, fictions, (re)montages” and together with Pablo Lobato the book "What exactly do you do, when you do or hope to do curatorship?". He has participated in film festivals and exhibitions in several cities in Brazil and abroad, including the 31st São Paulo Biennial; 14th Biennale Jogja: Stage of Hopelessness – Yogyakarta / Indonesia; 21st Videoex – International Experimental Film & Video Festival Zurich/ Switzerland; 64th and 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen/Germany, 11th Mercosul Biennial and the individual exhibition Turvações Estratigráficas, at the Rio de Janeiro Art Museum (MAR).