Sustentar is a collaborative platform dedicated to the production of artistic projects focused on experimental initiatives in the field of sustainable development. The first edition connects six artists with six initiatives currently being implemented in Portugal: POCITYF (Câmara Municipal de Évora), Salt Museum Center (Câmara Municipal da Figueira da Foz), Algarvensis Loulé-Silves-Albufeira Geopark (Câmara Municipal de Loulé), Agroecological transition (Câmara Municipal de Mértola), Setúbal Preserves Grito do Povo and Pescadores neighbourhoods (Câmara Municipal de Setúbal) and LIFE Montado-Adapt (EDIA).
Sustentar promoted encounters between curators, artists and experts, as well as artist-residencies in each territory — vital, critical spaces where we hope to incubate new practices, examine methodologies, and develop proactive dialogues between the arts and our communities. With Art of Shading the Sun, Evgenia Emets tracks climate change and looks at agroecological transition and syntropic agriculture in Mértola as possibilities of adapting to a reality of severe water scarcity. Maria Oliveira creates a metaphorical pathway into an ancient, pre-human world in the salt mines of Figueira da Foz, with her work, To Wander the Sea, she recognizes the natural and cultural potential of this territory. Elisa Azevedo’s Full of Light explores the integration of innovative systems for capturing sunlight to make the historic area of Évora energetically self-sustainable. At Noudar Park, Sam Mountford's film O leito do rio focuses on the cultural, social and ecological dimensions of the Iberian Montado, on this land’s natural resilience and potential to mitigate the consequences of climate change. In Loulé, Nuno Barroso's series Geoparque speculates on the paradigms of the territory of the Geopark Algarvensis through the exploration of the multiple realities of agriculture, energy and tourist activities. In Setúbal, Margarida Reis Pereira developed Today, Translucent, a project based on a dialogue with communities in the neighbourhoods of Grito do Povo and Pescadores, using a variety of visual strategies to represent their memories and identity.
14.05 - 26.06.2021
Rua Azevedo de Albuquerque, 1
10.06 - 30.07.2021
Ogrodowa Office, R/C
ul. Ogrodowa 8
GALERIA DO CASTELO, CASA DAS ARTES MÁRIO ELIAS
30.07 - 29.08.2021
CENTRO DE ARTES E ESPECTÁCULOS DA FIGUEIRA DA FOZ
03.09 - 10.10.2021
MUSEU DA LUZ
28.10 - 12.12.2021
Largo da Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Luz
7240-100 Luz, Mourão
GALERIA DE ARTE DO CONVENTO ESPÍRITO SANTO
04.02 - 03.03.2022
Rua Vice Almirante Cândido dos Reis, 30
12.03 - 15.04.2022
27.05 - 19.06.2022
The selected artists took part in a program organized by Ci.CLO, which resulted in a collective exhibition. The work was developed with curatorial accompaniment by Krzysztof Candrowicz, curator, researcher, art director, co-founder of the Fotofestiwal in Lodz, Poland, and former artistic director of the Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, Germany; Pablo Berástegui, curator and director of the Salut au monde! photography gallery; and Virgílio Ferreira, artistic director of Ci.CLO and Bienal Fotografia do Porto and coordinator of the Sustentar program.
The program included participation in 2 residencies (12 days each), 2 workshops, conversations with the curators and the opportunity to carry out a new body of work in the selected territory.
The 3-days workshops aimed to develop and discuss the works in progress and were guided by curators and experts, namely: Jayne Dyer, artist, art critic and Australian academic who lives and works between Lisbon and Sydney; Gil Penha-Lopes, researcher at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon; and Álvaro Domingues, geographer and researcher at the Center for the Study of Architecture and Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto.
The results of the work carried out under the Sustentar program will be presented in a collective exhibition produced by Ci.CLO, which will travel by all the partners involved in the project and will be integrated in the Bienal'21 Fotografia do Porto program ( May 14 to June 27, 2021) and Fotofestiwal (June 10 to 27, 2021).
Sustentar aims to support the production of a series of projects that focus on experimental initiatives currently being implemented in Portugal that respond to the ecological and social challenges we now face. Sustentar is intended to promote and highlight good practices and relevant trends in the context of ecological, social and economic sustainability, to encourage a more active, resilient and responsible citizenship in the conservation of natural resources and cultural heritage.
More specifically, through Sustentar, we aim to: