Artists in Residence
Artists from the Residency Program and the Mentorship program for non residents
"... I intend to go to the essence, to slow down, to listen, to feel, to work TIME in another way involving myself as much as possible with NATURE and its rhythms ... I intend to use my BODY and the space that surrounds it , as well as the MOVEMENT of one and the other, for a plastic exploration, to create IMAGES, videos. Body and nature in motion, in time. Or is it the movement of time in the body and in nature? "
"...sharing knowledge between artists will be essential, and what I can also contribute to this community, to structure and develop new ideas, to shape the material for new projects and enable the act of creating..."
David Correia Gonçalves
"...I seek a space to focus. Concentrate. A place that instead of receiving, or imposing images created by someone - posters, advertising, traffic lights with facades as background, I can relate to the most natural, the least touched. The stones, the frost, the night, not having to climb stairs or take advantage of lifts to move vertically. Time. What will leave here? From these dynamics concentrated in space and time ? Good things have no name. "
"...continue the work, related to collage, drawing, impermanence of the exhibition. Concentration (immersion), decision, economy of gesture, are other subjects that I value and I want to continue working. In this time of residence I try to deepen the ability to listen ...make it more and more ...precise. I also hope that this reflection - training - will bring us all new impressions in sharing with other artists, curators, RAMA collaborators and the local community. The place, the silence and the surrounding nature of Maceira transmit me quietness to work".
I intend to continue exploring my installation work, creating a mural and performance in conversation with the local environment, a collaborative project in which my co-creators are nonhuman. Gathering water from local sources will contextualise the mural in its local resources. This will be an investigation of the intersection of the water with which I print, my body, and human communities. At RAMA I am particularly interested in being located in the countryside, so close to nature, yet working within the walls of human construction. I seek to explore this border of human settlement and nature, this ecotone, in hopes of informing the narrative with which we can move into the future.
I am currently working with some photographs of the Aqueduto das Águas Livres taken by Diogo Saldanha because I think they convey something special, almost sacred about the hidden insides of these structures built for no grandiose purpose but to transport water through the landscape. There is something bodily about how the architecture moves water which sustains life and I would like to use this to explore how we in turn connect to the landscape.
"Through a reflection on painting in a broader perspective, including pictorial installation and, in it, physical phenomena such as shadows and reflections, I’m investigating the dimensions of life / death / sacred / memory through the rhetoric of the double, and their experience in the contemporary context. During my residency at RAMA, I intend to deepen these aspects in the local dimension, through a specific research on the region’s museology and history. "
Diogo Magro Viegas
“My work consists in recreating natural or manufactured objects, providing concepts of appropriation of elements that we consider an exception to our practices, whose toxic and prone to oppressive approach reveals a feeling of strangeness and disconnection in our habitat. In RAMA project, I intend to integrate myself in a more environmental context, using my coexistence with an unknown territory, which may result in different ways of acting and thinking. ”
"I see nature as a home, a single being, a unity, indivisible, ... in RAMA, with the territory understood as nature, craftsmen and farmers, to be able to develop and create materials such as paints and coal and other natural products derived from the agricultural process that can be reused in pictorial research"