Artists in Residence
Artists from the Residency Program and the Mentorship program for non residents
“Connectedness”... being in nature is essential for me. More in particular, being at the Atlantic coast, my living and working area. The cliffs, beaches, sea, wind, sun. Feeling and enjoying the power of the elements, the connection with nature. Letting go of rational thinking. Finding balance, harmony and rhythm. In my paintings I pursue to communicate these experiences and sensations through simplification, organic abstractions, colors, materials. I recently started to experiment with mineral pigments collected from the cliffs at the beach, and other natural materials, to deepen the possibilities of painting."
"...all my work is based on a deep connection with nature, flourishing from fieldwork and interaction with it, from the observation of its growth cycles and the passage of time on organic forms. I seek to explore the dynamics of various materials such as lichens, fungi, water, fire, smoke and light, working alongside with video and sound capture instruments in order to be able to absorb part of this organic essence and transport it into the interior of the exhibition space, creating more engaging pieces that stimulate different senses."
"Through ceramics, drawing, photography and performance, I intend to continue this exploration of Being, of myself, of what it means to exist in its most basic state. Counting on contact with other artists, I believe it will be extremely beneficial to be a part of of an inter-growth experience, taking the opportunity to get to know a village where nature continues to be the point of greatest prominence and admiration, thus also having the possibility of meeting people who live daily with this environment... during my time in RAMA I intend to develop a work that has the freedom to develop myself simultaneously."
"the light that transforms it into a theatre of beings, totemic or anthropomorphic at times, that appear with a density, a weight, a threat that its structure and material constitution denies, but that the look and the imagination connected to it confirms".
José Luís Porfírio
"... 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? "
“Hauntology & Ephemera(l) Saudades: A Transmedia Poetic of the Archive,” a transdisciplinary artistic project that explores the influences of Po.Ex, with special regard for their history of integration and synthesis of visuality with the poetic. The radical experimentation and boundarylessness of their artistic approaches inspire my own. As an artist, I am also interested in the bricoleur approach defined by Jacques Derrida where every tool is a potential ally in the creative act. My experiments with various media and my ambition to transcend and blur boundaries where expressively relevant are a central part of my practice."
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. "
"...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..."
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.
"...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 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"