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ARTISTS
Alexandra do CARMO, Alyse EMDUR, Ana FONSECA, Bernardo OYARZÚN, Bettina Camilla VESTERGAARD, Brian CASSIDY, Carlos NORONHA FEIO, Cristina REGADAS, Daniel BARROCA, David ETXEBERRIA, Eduardo MATOS, Emily ROYSDON, Gina OSTERLOH, Graciela FUENTES, Hugo PAQUETE, Ingrid WILDI MERINO, Jeffrey WELLS, Jesse Aron GREEN, João BAETA, John HAWKE, José Carlos TEIXEIRA, Josh WEINSTEIN, Joshua CALLAGHAN, Julie LEQUIN, Julie ORSER, Kim SCHOEN, Lindsay LAWSON, Lori SCHINDLER, ±MAISMENOS±, Manuel SANTOS MAIA, Margarida PAIVA, Martinha MAIA, Melanie SHATZKY, Michelle DIZON, Mónica de MIRANDA, Paulo MENDES, Pedro DINIZ REIS, Rita CASTRO NEVES, Rodrigo VILHENA, Rui INÁCIO, Rui MOURÃO, Sarah FITZSIMONS, Sofia BARREIRA, Sofia PONTE, Susana ANÁGUA, Sylvie BOISSEAU+Frank WESTERMEYER, Tiago PEREIRA, Tiny DOMINGOS, Valère CHANCEAULME, Virgínia MOTA.

PROGRAM

Passos Manuel: Friday, June 3, 2011 19h00-21h00
Maus Hábitos: Saturday, June 4, 2011 22h00-24h00
Maus Hábitos: Sunday, June 5, 2011 17h00-18h30

Curated by: José Carlos Teixeira
Program: Saco Azul (cultural association)
Co-production: Maus Hábitos – espaço de intervenção cultural, Passos Manuel
Suport: Ministério da Cultura, Direcção-Geral das Artes

DESCRIPTION

The screening series BETWEEN DOCUMENT AND FICTION examines contemporary strategies in film and video, within the realm of visual arts. 
“The distinction between fact and fiction has become thin and at a times blurred, in part because artists have broken into the realm of documentary photography and film alongside journalists, and filmmakers. (…) By exploring limits and crossovers, artists are analyzing and questioning the effect of the documentary image, turning it inside out and adapting it for personal, artistic and social aims” (in Documentary Now!, reflect #04, Nai Publishers, Netherlands).


This 3-day event was conceived under three main aspects. 
Firstly, the project’s main theme is related to a personal and artistic discourse, practice, and interest of mine in the intersections/ambiguities of concepts such as reality and fiction. 
Second, it is centered around the multiple encounters and affinities with other artists, video and filmmakers with whom I interacted throughout the past years, and whose work has impressed me for its quality and strength. 
Finally, and following the second one, a third factor is of absolute relevance. It refers to the possibility of enunciating a discourse that dissociates itself from nationalisms or artistic identities based on specific geographies. Although the context might actually determine its cultural production (and this one might substantially transform the former), at this screening and topic it is important to shed some light on meeting points and trans-local, trans-national, and trans-continental dialogues.

As such, artists and filmmakers from the USA (New York, Los Angeles) and Canada, South America (Brazil, Chile), Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, and Denmark), and specifically from Portugal (Lisbon, Porto, and/or living elsewhere, like Amsterdam or London) shape the event as a wide open forum. A platform where diverse voices rely on the common premise of dealing with imagery, ideas and concepts that either come from a documental approach into a more personal dimension, or from an initial poetic realm into a point of view anchored on the apprehension of the real.

As theorist and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-Ha would say: “a good film is that one which is able to document its actual process of making, and a good documentary is that one which is aware of its own fictional aspect and shows it.” 


More information at 
www.maushabitos.com
www.passosmanuel.net


— 
José Carlos Teixeira
MFA University of California Los Angeles, USA
BFA University of Porto, Portugal
www.josecarlosteixeira.com

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