Traces AIR Antwerpen

Carla Filipe

Apr 2014 to Sep 2014
1973 Lives and Works in Porto

Carla Filipe is invited for a residency of four months, in collaboration with Kunsthalle Lissabon, Portugal. During this residency she will develop a new project for the exhibition AIR Traces: Austruweel.

Her work operates in an area where the boundaries between so-called high culture and popular culture are inevitably merging. Far removed from the convenient formalism that runs through a significant portion of contemporary creation, she has developed an activity anchored in drawing – where her visually and conceptually robust projects are underpinned by various types of reminiscences. Whether involving works that revisit her family’s past, or enquireies related to Portugal, as well as political and social idiosyncrasies.

Allthough Carla Filipe also works directly with three-dimensional works and space, her most familiair terrain, as stated above, is drawing – which she mixes together with writing in a kind of uninterrupted streams of consciousness. ONe of the factors that underlines the effectiveness of this modus operandi derives precisely from this procedural dimension, wherein the subjects and respective artistic treatment collapse into their own distinctive dimension, which we may designate as – archeology of the present

Carla Filipe studied Fine Arts - Sculpture in Faculdade de Belas- Artes ( Universidade do Porto). From 2003 to 2007, she helped organise activities  at two artist-run projects in Porto – Salão Olímpico and Projecto Apêndice. In 2009, she won a scholarship from the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian for a residency at ACME Studios (London). 

Carla Filipe was invited for the following solo exhibitions: da cauda à cabeça, Museu Coleção Berardo (Lisbon, 2014); As primas da  Bulgária (part one), Kunstverein (Milano, 2012); Um olhar periférico sobre uma cultura (London – UK), Der Vierte Raum (Bremen, 2012); Bordas de Alguidar, Galeria Graça Brandão (Lisbon, 2011); Experiência Flutuante – Paisagens Gráficas, Galeria Nuno Centeno (Porto, 2011); Arquivo Surdo-Mudo / Deaf and Dumb Archive, Tranzit Display (Prague, 2011), Saloio, Greenhouse of Tapada das Necessidades (Lisbon, 2011); O povo reunido, jamais será – Representações gráficas, Museu do Neo-Realismo (Vila Franca de Xira, 2010); É um espaço estranho e maravilhoso, o ar é seco, quente e insípido – Precarious, Escape, Fascination, Kunsthalle Lissabon (Lisbon, 2010); Estas coisas levam tempo, Espaço Campanhã (Porto, 2009); Desertar, In.Transit (Porto, 2007); Zona de Estar, Salão Olímpico (Porto, 2004).

Notable group exhibitions in which she has participated include 12 Contemporâneos – Estados Presentes, Museu de Serralves (Porto, 2014); Mom, am I Barbarian?, 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); 1813. Assedio, incendio y reconstrucción de Donostia, San Telmo Museoa (San Sebastián, 2013); R E D U N D A N C Y, GFLK (Bad Tölz, 2012); Les Prairies, Les Ateliers Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Rennes (2012); Gravity & Disgrace Ep. 1, CGAC – Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, 2012); V Bienal de Jafre (2011); Transporto sempre uma viagem, Galeria Quadrum (Lisbon, 2011); Región de Murciaen diálogo con el Norte de África, Manifesta 8 (Murcia and Cartagena, 2010); Hospitalidade, Hospital de São João (Porto, 2009); part-ilha, Spike Island (Bristol, 2008); Busca Pólos, Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimarães, 2006), Pavilhão Centro de Portugal (Coimbra, 2006); Toxic, o Discurso do Excesso, ProjectoTerminal (Oeiras, 2005); Pág. 133, PêSSEGOpráSEMANA (Porto, 2003).

Among various publications, Carla Filipe has edited As primas da Bulgária (Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon) and Boletim CP (Editorial Concreta, Valencia) in 2013, and An illustrated guide to the British Railway to my study (author’s edition) in 2010. There is also da cauda à cabeça, the first monograph dedicated to the artist’s work (Museu Coleção Berardo and Archive Books, 2014).