Mariana Caló
& Francisco Queimadela

In the IBB-Video Space

The Portuguese duo Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela adopt an interdisciplinary approach to their art practice, which revolves in particular around cinema and moving images, site-specific installations and a versatile use of drawing, painting, photography and sculpture.

Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela, A Trama e o Círculo / The Mesh and the Circle, 2014
Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela, A Trama e o Círculo / The Mesh and the Circle, 2014 (video still)
© Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela

Their works explore the relationship between biology, culture and the vernacular. The IBB-Video Space is screening “A Trama e o Círculo” (The Mesh and the Circle) from 2014.

„A Trama e o Círculo“, 34 Min.

The film is a collage of visual impressions reflecting everyday empirical knowledge and behaviour, combined with text and sound. Apparently unconnected plot lines coalesce in a play of similarities, movements and edits drawn from watching manual work, natural phenomena and anthropological processes. The visual links between these cultural, religious and ordinary gestures adds a mystical charge, highlighting the significance of profane and archaic actions. The screenplay is written as the film is being shot and unfolds from direct observation; the narrator and protagonist is the hand. The sound was created by Jonathan Saldanha and recorded in the geodesic dome on Teufelsberg in Berlin.

Support/Production: Festival Lo Schermo de'll Arte

Biographies

Mariana Caló (*1984, Viana do Castelo, PT) and Francisco Queimadela (*1985, Coimbra, PT) studied painting at Porto Art Academy and have been working together since 2010. In 2012 they were given a grant by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for a residency at Gasworks, London. In 2013 they took the International Prize at Lo Schermo dell’arte Film Festival. Their work has been shown at international film festivals such as FIDMarseille, IndieLisboa and Videoex as well as at the National Gallery in Prague, the MAAT in Lisbon, the project spaces General Public and Altes Finanzamt in Berlin, and Coimbra Biennial of Contemporary Art, Portugal. They live and work in Porto.

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