all images by Luís Filipe Branco
Primavera I, 2019, 53 x 80 cm
I have been preparing for the exhibit The Mirror Between Us – it will open April 4, 2020 in Evora, Portugal. Primavera / spring in Portugal! My collaborator Luís Branco and I will be showing a beautiful selection of the performative photographic works we have made over the last five years in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The exhibit will be held in the Igreja de São Vicente, a lovely 15th century church and exhibition space in the center of Evora, supported by the Municipality of Evora (thank you Margarida Branco!). I will go to Portugal at the end of March to install the exhibit with OBRAS Foundation curators and dear friends Carolien van der Laan and Ludger van der Eerden who have supported my work with Luís Branco from the start.
The images on this blog post were all made with Luís last spring 2019 in the landscape near Evoramonte and at Herdade da Marmeleira, the location of the OBRAS Artist Residency in Portugal. Most of these images will be in the exhibit in Evora (along with many others).
Primavera II, 2019, 53 x 80 cm
Primavera III, 2019, 53 x 80 cm
We worked in the emerald green landscape surrounding Herdade da Marmeleira. I brought meters of fabric that is close in color to my own skin – admittedly it is kind of a strange pinkish color. The fabric is like extra “flesh.” My performative work has become more and more “naked” in a certain way. I think the contradiction is interesting of the older woman (myself) clothed but also almost naked in the flesh colored fabric. Perhaps this speaks to some kind of process of rebirth in the springtime fields.
Seated, Nude I, 2019, 80 x 120 cm
Seated, Nude II, 2019, 80 x 120 cm
I love this following series Outside Woman I,II,III. There is a kind of reverse voyeurism going on in these images. Luís shot me outside the window while he was inside the Casa Miradouro. You see Evoramonte in the distance.
Outside Woman I, 2019, 80 x 120 cm
Outside Woman II, 2019, 80 x 120 cm
Outside Woman III, 2019, 80 x 120 cm
It is snowing here in Colorado as I post these images. I am looking forward to traveling to Portugal at the end of March for the exhibit opening April 4th, in Evora. Portugal in the spring!!!