Talk with the international artists and the invited curator Luísa Santos + Dinner & DJ by Ricardo November 17, 2019 0 News, Residencies Triangle Network

International Artist Workshop

13 December | Friday | 6 pm

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Talk with the international participant artists Jabulani Maseko (South Africa), Rosa Vallori (Spain), Yibo Xu (China) with the curator Luísa Santos (Portugal)

Jabulani Maseko (South Africa, 1977) was born and raised in Johannesburg during the political regime of Apartheid. He left, by coincidence, in the same year that Nelson Mandela was released from Robin Island and that South Africa changed its political establishment. He lived briefly in the United States of America before moving to the UK, his adoptive country, where he lived most of his adult life in London. After spending a season in Portugal, in 2010 he left for Venice where he stayed a few months at the Bevilaqua la Massa Foundation, being a very important experience for his artistic development. He took a master’s degree at the London University, in the Slade School of Arts. He exhibited at in London, Luanda, Portugal, France and Switzerland. In various platforms, his work approaches intimate themes related with identity, domesticity and current affairs, being always attentive for questions about integration. His critical sight is based on information absorbed through music, politics and an everyday life filled with activity. Recently, he has been exploring a body of work around the title of ‘Domestic Violence’, considering the situation of the individual inside the family collective.

Rosa Vallori (1990, Mallorca) graduated in Fine Arts by the Universitat de Barcelona (ES) and the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten van Utrecht (NL). In her practice, she looks for a formal and conceptual approach to the idea of protection and to the ways of operating spontaneously in the daily life. Her work explores objects in a research on materials, colours, textures. In this procedural work, where materials are often perishable, impermanence is something that remains. It is present in the structures and in the materials, often formed by the rests of any attempt to produce. She plays on the edge of what one can perceive, as understated humoristic acts. It is a work that doubts, evolving towards the unfinished, from a vulnerability that goes hand in hand with an appreciation of some physical form that she cares for. Rosa has been a resident at NauEstruch (Sabadell, ES) and at the HISK, Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (Ghent, BL) in the international exchange program of Sala d’Art Jove (Barcelona). She has been selected for Ciutat de Palma Antoni Gelabert Visual Arts Awards (ES) and Miquel Casablancas Awards (ES). Her work has been shown at Espai Pàtara (Barcelona), Casal Solleric (Palma, ES) and Fabra i Coats.

Yibo Xu (China, 1895) carried out a number of experiments of different types in artistic creation and explored multi-dimensions on the basis of traditional sculpture as a disciplinary background. The work carries its own thinking process from the perspective of interactive devices, immersive images and data visualization. Xu pays attention to both the present and the future, so that art and technology can talk on a broader media platform. We can see this creative context in recent years through his “self-healing function” series of works, where the post-human sense of crisis and the concern about a transparent society are always present.

Luísa Santos (1980, Lisboa) é uma curadora independente que vive e trabalha em Lisboa. Com uma prática curatorial assente em investigação, é também Investigadora Sénior no CECC e Professora Auxiliar na Faculdade de Ciências Humanas (FCH) da Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), em Lisboa, desde 2016, tendo-lhe sido atribuída uma Gulbenkian Professorship. Doutorada em Estudos de Cultura pela Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, Berlim (2015), com bolsa da Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Mestre em Curadoria de Arte Contemporânea pela Royal College of Art, Londres (2008), com Bolsa da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, e licenciada em Design de Comunicação pela Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa (2003). Realizou investigação em Práticas Curatoriais na Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Estocolmo (2012). Em 2017 iniciou o “4Cs: from Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture”, um projecto de cooperação Europeu co-financiado pela EU Criativa e liderado pela  Universidade Católica Portuguesa com um consórcio de 8 centros de arte contemporânea e Faculdades de Ensino Artístico de 8 países. Os seus projetos mais recentes incluem “There’s no knife without roses”, no Tensta Konsthall, Estocolmo (2012); “Daqui parece uma montanha” , no Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa (2014); “Græsset er altid grønnere”, no Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde (2014-15), a curadoria executiva da primeira edição da Anozero: Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra (2015), “Tension and Conflict” (2017), MAAT, Lisboa, “13 shots” (2018), Museu Gulbenkian, Lisboa, e “Europoliticas” (2019), Museu do Dinheiro, Lisboa. Desde 2015, é membro do Comité Científico do Congresso Internacional Criadores Sobre outras Obras (CSO), e dos Comités Científicos e Editoriais das Revistas Académicas Estúdio, Gama e Croma. Desde 2016, é membro do Comité Editorial do Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (YoMIS), publicado pela Büchner-Verlag.

Photo: Jabulani Maseko
Support: DGArtes and Gasworks