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Almanac 2016: Filipa Guimarães (London, United Kingdom)

Almanac 2016: Filipa Guimarães (London, United Kingdom)

Title: Becos (Alleyways) / Subtitle: Carolina
Title: BECOS (Alleyways) Subtitle: Carolina Year: 2015 Video production and photo credit: Maria João Guardão This project consists of a series of performative acts at Lisbon’s alleyways. Each series is performed by a different character I create for myself and for the specific chosen places. There are 153 alleyways in the city, and I intend to live in all of them for short periods of time, through these imaginary characters. ‘Carolina’ The first series of the project ‘Becos’ is called, ‘Carolina’, and was already documented in video and photography. It is about a character who is eating different pieces of fruit in seven different alleyways, in the areas of Castelo de São Jorge and Alfama. She spends a whole day going from ‘beco’ to ‘beco’, sitting on a traditional Portuguese chair, opening her magic pot to find out which fruit she would be eating next.

Production History:
Public Space (Lisbon’s Alleyways)


Artistic Statement:
Short Bio Filipa Guimarães was born in Porto. Between 2001 and 2006 she studied Visual Arts – Painting at Fine Arts School, University of Porto. She holds two Masters Degrees. The first is in Contemporary Art Practices from the Fine Arts School, University of Porto and the other is in the Visual Language of Performance from the University of the Arts London. She has given lectures and talks at several institutions, including the Chelsea College of Art. Since 2005 she develops art projects in the realm of visual arts and performance, in public space, art galleries, museums, theatre and other contexts. She presented her work in many exhibitions internationally and performed in venues such as: CCB (Centro Cultural de Belém), in Lisbon; La Casa Encendida, in Madrid; Tate Modern, Barbican Theatre, Toynbee Studios and Chelsea Theatre, in London. Artist Statement What I create is defined by the difficulty of definition. The goal is to attain the indecipherable, sinuous and deviant side of the real. To break the border between dream and reality, confronting one with the other, placing them side by side. It is as if reality and the contexts that constitute it were the scenery, making the dream clearer and moreover more conscious. It is a dream that considers and questions reality, which interferes in reality. Basically, this dream is the will to glimpse reality from another point of view and the attempt to give it to others.


My membership to Contemporary Performance Network is pending approval.




Photo by: Maria João Guardão

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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