Ci.CLO is an independent research and creation structure in the field of photography and its interaction with other artistic, environmental and social disciplines. Ci.CLO offers a space for rehearsal and experimentation dedicated to creation, with artistic residencies, workshops, seminars, book publishing, production of exhibitions with curatorial support, diffusion and debate. The creation and exhibition projects developed by Ci.CLO support innovative approaches to visual representation that contribute to a greater critical awareness of the ecological and social vulnerabilities that we face.

Ci.CLO encourages, on a permanent alert, a cyclical idea of ​​constant regeneration, embodied in a strong interconnection between design, creation, public exposure, and actions around what emerges from this methodology.

Ci.CLO maintains a permanent desire to obtain concrete and conceptual dialogues between artists, communities and audiences, based on rigorous work that elevate contemporary artistic intervention to an important role of mediation and cultural enrichment.

Ci.CLO has been developing projects in collaboration with various centers, agents, and public and private cultural institutions, both national and foreign, promoting networking between them and the artists. Along this path, Ci.CLO promotes the national and international circulation of the artistic production it develops, generating new opportunities and partnerships within the current artistic landscape.

Ci.CLO is responsible for the organization, production and curatorship of the Bienal Fotografia do Porto since 2019.

Ci.CLO's activities organized since 2015 include:

  • Sustentar (6 grants, 6 projects, 6 territories, 6 exhibitions) in partnership with Évora City Council, Figueira da Foz City Council, Loulé City Council, Mértola City Council, Setúbal City Council and EDIA
  • Bienal Fotografia do Porto, a coproduction with Porto City Hall, 2019 and 2021.
  • [ESCAPE] Environmental Changes Ecological Emergency, a coproduction with the Triennial of Photography, Hamburg, 2018.
  • A series of debates and workshops in connection with the exhibition Eyes Wide Open 100 years of Leica photography co-organized with Porto City Hall, 2016.
  • A portfolio reading programme, carried out in collaboration with PHotoESPAÑA and Fundación Ankaria, with three Portuguese photographers receiving a grant to participate in the week of the PHE Discoveries in Madrid, 2016.
  • Laboratory of Creation 2015-17, a two year project with exhibitions in various museums and art centres in Portugal and abroad, namely Fotofestiwal in Poland and School of Visual Arts in New York.