Explanation of Time

Collective session

[BIO] 

Leonor Lloret (Lisboa, 1981) graduated in Art History from the Faculty of Humanities from the University of Lisbon and the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” (2000-2005). She post-graduated in Art Market Management from INDEG / ISCTE (2007-2008).+

[TXT] 

We live in a time of uncertainty. The pandemic has confronted us with loss.
the loss of freedom, the loss of the established, the loss of space, the loss of life and even the loss of death in its rituals and mourning.
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Plática de una flor

Helena Estrela

— International premiere —

Video | Sound | Color | 2’ 15’’ | 2020

[ARTWORK] 

A bucolic and artisanal film made as a letter to my friends after reading Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo.
We filmed a conversation between Lester and a flower, without rehearsals. Here the words are meant to lead and the sounds, born from inside and outside the frame are meant to distract. A tone rises from the sky as if each flower came together in this incantation.

[BIO] 

Helena Estrela is a visual artist living and working between Portugal and Spain. Her practice explores forms of poetry and personal meanings through moving images.  + 

Excavando en el desierto

Maria Trabulo

— International premiere —

Video HD | Sound | Color | 13' | 2019

[ARTWORK] 

Shot in the Maranjab desert, near Tehran, Digging the Desert is the result of a six-month research led in Iran in 2019. Gathering interviews, documentation, archival photographs and footage reunited during that period, tells the story of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art that was inaugurated one year prior to the 1979 Iranian revolution and which houses the biggest Western modern art collection outside the Western world. In Tehran, but unable to visit the collection inside the Museum’s deposits, Maria appealed to Iranian artists and museum workers who had seen the collection in an attempt to gather an impression of it and understand the sociopolitical motives behind not showing the artworks. In an effort to reconstruct the story of this collection, various characters narrate their impressions of the past and present of a place, exploring the visibility and invisibility of a collection of modern art, and the importance of making art in that sociopolitical context.

[BIO] 

She developed a multidisciplinary artistic career, exhibiting her work in various formats and exhibition spaces, in Portugal and abroad. +

Carta ao porvir

Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela

— Spanish premiere —

Video | Sound | Color | 12’ 45’’ | 2012

[ARTWORK] 

The chalk cliffs of the Cuckmere Estuary area and the Seven Sisters in the UK are gradually being swallowed up by the sea and perceptible signs of the passage of time over millions of years can be seen with the naked eye, easily recognized through their geological features. The distinguishable regularity of the geological strata and the abundant fossils and microfossils that make up the chalk are revealed in this film mirroring an unveiling of layers towards the past. In the lower areas of the escarpments, inscriptions and glyphs are found, messages that will not reach into the distant future.

[BIO] 

Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela, graduated in Painting at the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto and have collaborated as a duo since 2010. +

Illas Afortunadas

Susana Gaudêncio

— Spanish premiere —

Video and animation | Sound | Color | 13’ 58’’ | 2015

[ARTWORK] 

Ilhas Afortunadas (2015) explores walking as an ancestral method of critical travel, which catalyses knowledge, the artistic act and offers stories. This work also addresses the concept of insularity as a desire for imagination, utopia, autonomy or refuge.
Discerning through the island concept, we are often inclined to create positive values and make it a centre generating illusions and chimeras. An island is usually an isolated place, a different region, another world, which we reach through travel as an opportunity for transformation. In Ilhas Afortunadas we hear a narrator in voiceover (the artist), who takes a walk through the city of Porto, reflecting on what she observes.

[BIO] 

Her work focuses on video animation, sculpture, installation, the practice of drawing and artist publications. +

Brumal

Susana Soares Pinto

— International premiere —

Video HD | Sound | Color | 13’ 05’’ | 2018

[ARTWORK] 

Two sounds and two temperatures: the misty and electronic mountain and the hot and desert “shirincho” (a guitar close to the ukulele). Both are crying! The screams connect the northern hemisphere with the south and cross different landscapes of the planet: they pass through the Alps and the Peaks of Europe, cross the equator and reach the Atacama Desert. This video was created from the music Brumal of the album Peripherad Debris by Haarvöl band.

[BIO] 

Residing in Porto, she graduated in Plastic Arts – Multimedia in 2013 and studied the Master in Artistic and Contemporary Practices in 2015, both at the FBAUP […] +

Casa do Sol

Lúcia Prancha

— Spanish premiere —

Video HD | Sound | Color | 12’ | 2020

[ARTWORK] 

Casa do Sol explores the work and legacy of Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst (1930-2004). Often described as the Marquis de Sade of Brazil, her astonishing work takes up mysticism, insanity, embodiment, eroticism, and female sexual liberation. Casa do Sol, is the name of Hilst’s home. During her lifetime, her residence was an important gathering site for writers, artists and intellectuals. Today, Casa do Sol holds her archive, and hosts a residency program. Casa do Sol, was shot on location at Hilst’s house and gardens during summer of 2019 and uses the text of one of Hilst’s short stories. This experimental video explores sexuality and the colonial through the political and poetic militancy of Hilst’s writing.

[BIO] 

Lúcia Prancha obtained her MFA from CalArts (USA) in 2015, after completing BA studies in Lisbon (PT, 2009) and MA in São Paulo (BR, 2012). +

Explanation of Light

Explanation of Light, is made up of two programs curated by the Portuguese-Spanish researcher, curator and cultural manager Leonor Lloret (Appleton Associação Cultural). The first one is a collective session and the second is dedicated to the artist Catarina Vasconcelos, in such a way that both generate a poetic and subtle revision of what binds us to others and to the world, of home and time from multiple points of view.

Thursday 28 oct | 18:30 – 20:00h

Fundación Luís Seoane

Friday 29 oct | 18:30 – 20:00h

Fundación Luís Seoane

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