Portuguese African-native video artist and curator in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2006, started a long-term visual conceptual project: a work in progress that includes single-channel video, explorations of archive film, experimental movies and conceptual photography. Also the founder and main curator of the Freedom of Choice International Video project, which, in 2008, took place in the cities of Lisbon, Istanbul and Yerevan.
Not being a “pure-artist, chooses the term sampler to identify himself and his work better: a term derived from the Latin ‘exemplum’ (example) and a process following a pattern range that goes from a simple sample to the creation of a complex new thing (a brand new parallel world of color and feeling).
The art project started in 2006 materializing visual experiences involving the re-treatment of moving images (video-cut editing or video loop process using found footage) and also the use of soundscapes and original music: through the collaboration with the Portuguese musician and sound engineer António Bragança. After that, mostly since 2008, the art project has been following new approaches.
Basically, the conceptual outline goes from the political visual essay (violence in history) to a deeper more introspective way, like expressing the Freudian psychoanalysis (Eros and Thanatos complex) or going into Nietzsche’s philosophy (Nihilism).
Aesthetically is inspired in two close-related modern and post-modern movements: surrealism (language) and pop art (technique). It is also assumed a strong link – formal and informal – to the history of cinema.
More recently jumps to another step by using original shooting and going into fiction and experimental narrative work with mixing projects involving literature-photography-film evoking inner and outer feelings.
In 2008 was invited to join two international collaborative video-art projects: Exquisite Corpse (ECVP) and Human Emotion Project (HEP). Inside those groups has been creating several collaborative video works – authoring partnership or by solo – then used in worldwide screening events and in gallery installations.
As a video-art curator founds and manages the Freedom of Choice International Video project – a kind of festival based on the subject of freedom of choice, peace and human rights - held in December 2008, simultaneously in Portugal, Turkey and Armenia. By the same time assume also the curatorship of the Human Emotion Project in Portugal, managing already exhibitions in two state museums for 2009.
Meanwhile, the art project maintains a prolific international recognition with works been screen, exhibit and broadcast (TV), in-door and out-door events, all over the world, mainly in festivals, museums, independent galleries or art spaces: Portugal (Lisbon, Alcobaça, Caldas-da-Rainha), Spain (Madrid, Valladolid, Cordoba), The Netherlands (The Hague), France (Paris), Turkey (Istanbul), Armenia (Yerevan), USA (New York, Providence, Berkeley, San Francisco), Australia (Melbourne), Sweden (Stockholm, Eskilstuna), Brazil (Aracaju, Sao Paolo), Georgia (Villa Garikula), Denmark (Copenhagen), China (Macao and Beijing), Italy (Rome and Turim), UK (London), Germany (Cologne and Berlin) and the upcoming events at Toijala (Finland) and Poland (Gdansk).
The process consists in the cut and re-assembly of video frames, copied from the original and inserted later in a completely distinct approach.