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Maria Oliveira, De Vagar o Mar.

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.

Curated by:
Krzysztof Candrowicz
Pablo Berástegui
Virgílio Ferreira


6 GRANTS, 6 PROJECTS, 6 TERRITORIES

8 EXHIBITIONS

Bienal'21 Fotografia do Porto - May 2021

COOPERATIVA ÁRVORE
14.05 - 26.06.2021

Rua Azevedo de Albuquerque, 1
4050-076 Porto

Fotofestiwal - June 2021

GALLERY OGRODOWA8
10.06 - 30.07.2021

Ogrodowa Office, R/C
ul. Ogrodowa 8
91-062 Łódź
Poland

Mertola - July 2021

GALERIA DO CASTELO, CASA DAS ARTES MÁRIO ELIAS
30.07 - 29.08.2021

Figueira da Foz - September 2021

CENTRO DE ARTES E ESPECTÁCULOS DA FIGUEIRA DA FOZ
03.09 - 10.10.2021

Mourao - October 2021

MUSEU DA LUZ
21.10 - 05.12.2021

Largo da Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Luz
7240-100 Luz, Mourão

Loule - February 2022

GALERIA DE ARTE DO CONVENTO ESPÍRITO SANTO
04.02 - 03.03.2022

Rua Vice Almirante Cândido dos Reis, 30
8100-606 Loulé

Evora - March 2022

12.03 - 15.04.2022

Setubal - May 2022

27.05 - 19.06.2022

ABOUT THE PROCESS

Artist Residencies

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.

Workshops

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.

Exhibitions

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).

OBJECTIVES

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:

  • Create an art project platform with sustainability as its thematic axis, that contributes to a greater critical awareness about the ecological and social vulnerabilities we face;
  • Develop a space for experiences that intersect art, politics, ecology, society and education and stimulates constructive dialogues between artistic and civic principles;
  • Value innovative and experimental initiatives related to sustainability practices that are being implemented in Portugal. Identify themes and factors that value the territory of each municipality in terms of natural and cultural heritage;
  • Identify themes and factors that value the national territory in terms of natural and cultural heritage;
  • Promote awareness of the local community and society in general about ecological knowledge, conservation of natural, cultural and social ecosystems as elements that enhance the territory. Disseminate artistic production and initiatives carried in this project at national and international levels;
  • Design and disseminate artistic production and initiatives carried out within the scope of this project at national and international levels.
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Maria Oliveira, De Vagar o Mar.
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Elisa Azevedo, Em Plena Luz.
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Nuno Barroso, Geoparque.
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Sam Mountford, O Leito do Rio.
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Evgenia Emets, Arte de Sombrear o Sol.
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Margarida Reis Pereira, Hoje, Translúcido.