Salome Lamas

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Salome Lamas

Salomé Lamas is an artist whose work is not ascribed to any genre but produced at the intersection of many, as something personal and independent, always driven by an innovative and disruptive desire. Her pieces, which are often greatly compromised, play with literary narrativity, text and language, to critically and ingeniously deepen into memory and history, ironically mixing the real and the fictional.

Session I

A Comunidade - Salome Lamas

A Comunidade (The Community)

HD Video  |  16:9  |  colour  |  sound   |  23’  |  PT  |  2012

A Comunidade (The Community) is a documentary short film, in which the oldest camping park in Portugal is shown as a collage composed of tremendously pictorial images, testimonies and routines, in a light but sincere tone that arouses and nourishes curiosity.

Le Boudin - Salome Lamas

Le Boudin

HD Video  |  16:9  |  colour  |  sound  |  16’  |  DE and PT  |  2014  |  Spanish Premiere

Le boudin presents a terrible testimony about a man who, being very young, was forced to enlist in the legion, and about everything that this meant. The story, which is mostly told in the first person by a teenage actor, is generating a reflection on identity, violence, and freedom, as a theatrical game in which the individual does not matter, and everything remains at the service of the war show.

Self Portrait - Salomé Lamas

Self Portrait

HD Video  |  2:39  |  b/w  |  sound  |  10’  |  DE and PT  |  2016-18  |  Spanish Premiere

This work arises during the border conflict that the author and her team had in 2015 with the KGB, during the shooting of Extinction, between Moldova and Ukraine. The way in which the piece is presented, alludes visually to the lack of protection and freedom within the territory, as well as the processes of censorship and lack of communication that end up forcing the silence of the sight and of the mind.

Coup de grace - Salome Lamas

Coup de Grâce

HD video  |  2:39  |  colour  |  sound  |  25’  |  PT  |  2017

HD Video, 2:39, color, Dolby 5.1 sound, 25 min., Portugal, 2017

Leonor returns from a trip one day when her dad wasn’t expecting her. He will weave a hallucinatory and fantastic reality, around his own subjectivity and that of his daughter, who is astonished by the unexpected situation.

Session II

hangar-metro-terminal - Salome Lamas

Hangar, metro, terminal

HD Video  |  16:9  |  b/w  |  no sound  |  6’  |  PT  |  2018  |  Spanish Premiere

HD Video  |  16:9  |  b/w  |  no sound  |  9’  |  PT  |  2018  |  Spanish Premiere

HD Video  |  16:9  |  b/w  |  no sound  |  8’  |  PT  |  2018  |  Spanish Premiere

 

In Terminal, Metro, Hangar, Lamas occasionally abstracts the shapes, creating ambiguous spaces on silent architectures, in a kind of audiovisual model designed for La Biennale di Venezia – Architettura.

Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa - Salome Lamas

Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa

HD Video  |  16:9  |  sound  |  colour  |  7’  |  2019  |  Spanish Premiere

Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa is a meditation on humanity’s massive redesign of the planet and a dystopic pamphlet on the anthropocene.

Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa portrays a brief moment of euphoria as the drifting occupants on the raft, hoping and praying to be rescued, appear to glimpse a possibility of salvation. We can almost hear the hoarse cries through which they attempt to draw attention to their desperate plight, mustering a final ounce of strength before the void. This is their last chance of survival.

Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa refers to the colonial paradigm, worldview, and technologies that mark out regions of high biodiversity in order to reduce life to its conversion into a resource through capitalism, with an enormous environmental and social impact.

It is an allegory for states of emergency in environmental policy, climate and migration, with an ethical-political purpose.