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LAGOS BIENNIAL

Start date: 03/02/2024
End date: 10/02/2024
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
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“A Thousand Tales

The project “A thousand tales”, developed by visual artist Mónica de Miranda in collaboration with curator Cindy Sissokho and sound artist Xexa records was part of the Lagos Biennale 2024, themed REFUGE. “A Thousand Tales” is a multimedia installation project , which uses visual and sonare interventions to open up a conversation about belonging and diaspora; through the notions of identity, memory in relation to space, displacements and history.

Themed REFUGE, Lagos Biennial 2024 addressed the concept of the nation-state and critically reflects on the site of the exhibition, Tafawa Balewa Square, the venue of Nigerian independence celebrations in 1960, and also a key venue of the Festival of Black Arts and Culture FESTAC ’77, notably hosting a concert of the great musician an activist Miriam Makeba. The important legacy of FESTAC is seen in its ambition to create a planetary-scale project that celebrates and promotes African cultures of the continent and its diasporas. Also important as a point of reference is the 6th Pan African Congress in 1974 in Dar es Salaam, the first of the series to take place on the African continent.

Artistic Directors: Kathryn Weir and Folakunle Oshun

Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema

Start date: 02/01/2024
End date: 30/04/2024
Location: Ohio, USA
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PATH TO THE STARS (2022)

Path to the Stars revisits the legacy of anti-colonial resistance in Angola, inviting the audience on a journey through revolutionary history and the future. The title comes from a 1953 poem by Agostinho Neto, a freedom fighter and the former president of Angola. Over the course of a single day, from sunrise to sunset, viewers follow the path of a heroine as she navigates down Angola’s Kwanza River. She confronts various avatars of her past—and of Angola’s struggle for independence from Portugal—along the way.

Tricontinental Cinema explores Maldoror’s five-decade career as a filmmaker, tracing her involvement with Black liberation movements in France, Africa, and the Caribbean. Through an immersive, multisensory landscape of films, photographs, poetry, and letters, the exhibition invites you to experience the full scope of Maldoror’s practice.


CAM in Movement: Series of Stories of a Collection

Start date: 17/08/2023
End date: 18/09/2023
Time: 11:00
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
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Jardim Gulbenkian
Av. de Berna
45, 1050-078 Lisboa

Mónica de Miranda, Path to the Stars, film screening.

In a shipping container installed in the Gulbenkian Garden, a cycle of films from the CAM Collection will be presented, accompanying the exhibition Stories of a Collection.

This cycle of films is part of the exhibition Stories of a Collection, shown in the Main Gallery of the Foundation’s Headquarters Building, Museum and Garden, and marks four different moments of acquisitions of works in film support for the CAM collection, under the direction of Jorge Molder, Isabel Carlos, Penelope Curtis and Benjamin Weil. With works acquired between 2001 and 2022, the cycle proposes six videos by Ana Hatherly, Rui Calçada Bastos, António Olaio, Ana Léon, Irineu Destourelles and Mónica de Miranda.

PhotoIreland Festival 2023

Start date: 30/06/2023
End date: 27/08/2023
Location: Dublin, Ireland
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The Library Project
4 Temple Bar Street
D02 YK53 – Dublin
Ireland

A diverse constituency of creative practitioners working in photography and lens-based media including Lola Flash, Zanele Muholi, Hélène Amouzou, Silvia Rosi, Heather Agyepong, Phoebe Boswell, Mónica de MirandaAida Silvestri, Bernice Mulenga andFrida Orupabo, the latter presented in collaboration with the McKinley collection, are brought together in a group show titled I See the Face of Things to Come by guest curator Renée Mussai. The thematic exhibition centres around a fluid interpretation of (self) portraiture—as repertoire, as chorus and soliloquy, as moving image, as vision, as breath, as vessel, as archive, as embodiment, as justice, as activism, as community—showcasing the interdisciplinary work of artists [from the African diaspora] whose evocative praxis amplifies notions of self and other through the prism of past, present and future tenses.

Art in Embassies

Date: 07/06/2023
Time: 15:00 – 17:30
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
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US Embassy Lisbon
Avenida das Forças Armadas
1600-081 Lisboa

Bringing History Forward: Creating an Inclusive Narrative

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Art in Embassies of the United Stated Department of State, the United States Embassy in Portugal welcomes you to join iconic American and Portuguese contemporary artists for a series of panel discussions and public events in Lisbon centered on the role of the visual arts in furthering diplomacy. The 3-day program will also showcase a traveling exhibition entitled the “Democracy Collection: Advocacy Through Art,” which speaks to the promotion of democracy throughout the world.

Participants: Joana Cardoso (Moderator), Nick Cave, Monica de Miranda, Amy Sherald, Dr. Deborah Willis.

ARCOlisboa 2023

Start date: 25/05/2023
End date: 28/05/2023
All-day event
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
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Cordoaria Nacional
Av. da Índia 1300-598
Lisboa, Portugal


Mónica de Miranda will take part at ARCOlisboa fair with Sabrina Amrani Gallery.

ARCOlisboa 2023 will, once again, turn the Portuguese capital into a meeting place for collectors, gallery owners, artists and professionals from all over the world. In its sixth edition, from 25th to 28th May, the Cordoaria Nacional will host the artistic content of the galleries selected by the Organising Committee and the curatorial teams of the different sections.

ARCOlisboa 2023 will open its doors on 25th May, dedicating this first day to the professionals. Access for the general public will be from 26th to 28th May.

ACQUISITIONS 2021-2022

Start date: 25/05/2023
End date: 28/05/2023
Time: 12:00
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
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Cordoaria East Tower Gallery
Edifício Cordoaria Nacional, Av. da Índia
1300-299 Lisboa

Contemporary Art Collection of Lisbon City Council

The group presented at the exhibition corresponds to the last two years of acquisitions and reaffirms the CML’s desire to continue to build and develop its collection, with a view to incorporating other creators in the future and enhancing the representation of those who are already a part of it. In addition to supporting the contemporary art scene, the CML collection also aims to incentivise collecting. Whether public or private, creating a collection is a commitment interwoven with the history of art and artists and makes it possible for present and future generations to understand the foundations of their culture and its choices, concerns, and aesthetic, political and social transformations.

Prior to any exhibition, it is necessary to catalogue, care for, preserve, study and systematise the works/collections – a burdensome and often forgotten set of tasks undertaken by institutions, in this case the Museu de Lisboa/EGEAC. By continuing to develop, preserve and exhibit their collections, institutions play an indispensable role in solidifying artistic developments and in the formation of the public and their aspirations and cultural ambitions.

The artists that comprise this exhibition are each at different stages of their career and have unique artistic languages, some reinventing media and pushing the boundaries of their respective artistic disciplines, others remaining more faithful to their areas of operation. Each was in any case considered indispensable by the commission who, in making their selections, took into account different genres and generations, the career status of the artists in question, the need for stimulation at the various stages of the artists’ production, and the diversity of the galleries that represented them.

Idealista Contemporary Art Prize 2023

Start date: 24/05/2023
End date: 27/05/2023
All-day event
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
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SIMA 2023
IFEMA Madrid
Av. del Partenón, 5
28042 Madrid
Spain

Bringing History Forward: Creating an Inclusive Narrative

South Circular” is exhibited at the Idealista stand at the Salão Imobiliário de Portugal (SIL) – it will also be exhibited at the Madrid Real Estate Fair (SIMA), which runs from May 24 to 27 – having won the 5th edition of the competition Idealista Contemporary Art Prize 2023. “It is a project of investigation and mapping of the city of Lisbon, that is, of an invisible city. The city that exists on the outskirts and is linked to migratory flows and diaspora”, she tells idealista/news, considering that “there is another Lisbon that is hidden”.


South Circular” is a reflection on the city of Lisbon, more specifically on the military defense wall that was built in 1899 to keep the French away from the Portuguese capital and that, a century later, became a territory inhabited by Africans from the former Portuguese colonies along with people from rural areas without the means to live in the desired prosperity. This fortified line, called Campo de Trincheiras, consists of a circular line that skirts the northern side of the Portuguese capital and runs along much of the southern bank. In these spaces. The artist visited to ruins and areas recently inhabited by African communities and developed a narrative and visual framework of places and moments of historical significance, where memory, nostalgia and a vision of the modern city and its inhabitants coexist.

Adapted text by Elisa Hernando

Porto Photography Biennial

Start date: 18/05/2023
End date: 02/07/2023
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Museu do Porto 
Palacete dos Viscondes de Balsemão
Triplex

Praça de Carlos Alberto 71
4050-157 Porto

Deep blue

Deep Blue is a group exhibition curated by Mónica de Miranda that explores questions of identity, memory and ecology. The artists evoke spiritual and political symbolisms, metaphysical reflections and explore questions around non-Western spirituality and knowledge systems. As a premise for transformative, regenerative and empathetic futures, this exhibition features re-interpretations of the past from a space of healing, addressing significant secular issues.

Curator: Mónica de Miranda

Artists: Athi-Patra Ruga, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Helena Uambembe, Kudzanai Chiurai, Mónica de Miranda, Sandim Mendes, Sethembile Msezane, Silvia Rosi, Xaviera Simmons, Zineb Sedira

Curatorial assistants: Marcela Canadas, Anca Usurelu


Globalisto, fragments of a community

Start date: 12/05/2023
End date: 17/06/2023
Time: 18:00
Location: Paris, France

31 Project
Les Verrières
41 rue de Seine
Paris, France

A group show with Bianca Baldi, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Inès di Folco, Kendell Geers, Binelde Hyrcan, Hélène Jayet, Maurice Mboa, Mónica de Miranda, Sabelo Mlangeni, Obi Okigbo, Gerard Sekoto, a Songye mask maker, Divine Southgate-Smith and Raquel Van Haver 
Curated by Ntshepe Tsekere Bopape

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