My artwork is usually involved in a research based practice and a combined media approach, such as drawings, video-animations, printmaking, books or publications presented in an installation context. I often create intricate drawings, photo-montages and animations, made by altering found footage and imagery. The appropriated source material frequently dialogues with original content, this involves a cyclical transformation, either from the real or from a digital source-footage, to the physical print-out, and back again. It collapses the space between otherwise disparate processes and addresses the tensions between political reality, and expressive illusion.My projects elaborate on the relationship between the historical legacy of concepts such as: the utopian impulse, utopia, dystopia, heterotopia, strangeness, nomadism, and artistic production as a platform to find new possibilities for questioning utopia, as a critical device eminently political.
Susana Gaudêncio, graduated in Painting from Universidade de Lisboa and holds an MFA from Hunter College, in NYC (CUNY). She is a PHD researcher at Universidade de Lisboa, working on “The Utopian Impulse in Contemporary Art practice”. She has shown her work at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Electricity Museum in Lisbon; Centro de Artes Visuais (CAV) in Coimbra; the Liverpool Biennial; the ISE Foundation in NYC, etc. Gaudêncio coordinates the Lisbon Architecture Triennale’s Education Program. She teaches at the School of Art and Design, in Caldas da Rainha, lecturing in the MFA Programme.
__ SOLO SHOWS
Estranhai o que não parece estranho (To make the familiar appear strange), curated by Projecto Panaceia, ESAD. CR, at Centro de Artes (Art Center), Caldas da Rainha, 2014.
Colombo a partir o ovo (Columbu’s braking the egg), curated by Martinho Costa no Nextroom, Lisboa.
Época de Estranheza em Frente ao Mundo (Time of Strangness facing the world), Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (National Museum of Contemporary Art) - Museu do Chiado, Lisboa.
Jornal de Parede (Wall Newspaper), Laboratório de Curadoria, Fábrica ASA, curated by Gabriela Vaz Pinheiro and Ligia Afonso, Capital Europeia da Cultura (Cultural European Capital), Guimarães.
Chamber of Invention, Drawing Spaces, Lisbon
Chamber of Examination, Presença Gallery, Oporto
Agonized Humor II, Mews Project, London
Stout Cobweb, Maus Hábitos organized by Mafalda Santos e Daniel Pires, Oporto
Agonized Humor I, NOGO, Project Room for Visual Arts, Experimental Cinema, and Architecture, Lisbon
Front Project Space at ISE Cultural foundation, New York
Library of Sorts Mura – Site Specific project, Bowery Poetry Club New York
Blocking, Carlos Carvalho Contemporary Art Gallery, Lisbon
Agent Provocateur, Zoom, Curated by Miguel Amado and Filipa Oliveira, Carlos Carvalho Contemporary Art Gallery, Lisbon
Mnemónicas de Lugares, Pedro Cera Gallery, Lisbon
Project Room , CAV-Visual Art Center, Coimbra
A/C#1, Curated by Miguel Amado and Filipa Oliveira, Espaço A/C, Lisbon
Técnicas de Auto-defesa, Arte Periférica Gallery, Lisbon
__ GROUP SHOWS
As Margens dos Mares, SESC Pinheiros, curated by Agnaldo Farias, São Paulo, Brasil.
Gramáticas Fléxiveis, curated by Juan-Luis Toboso, Casa das Artes, Oporto.
Projecto Contentores, curated by P28 and João Pinharanda, Museu da Electricidade, Fundação EDP, Lisbon.
Viagem ao Principio do Mundo, Bienal da Maia, curated by José Maia, Forum da Maia, Maia.
Com o Livro do mundo ao lado, curated by José Maia, Espaço Mira, Oporto.
Lei de Ohm (Ohm’s Law), curated by Maria do Mar Fazenda and Filipa Valladares, Museu da Electricidade, Fundação EDP, Lisbon.
Nós (Us), curated by João Fonte Santa, Plataforma Revólver, Lisboa.
A Natureza ri da cultura (Nature Laughing from culture), curated Maria do Mar Fazenda, Museu da Luz, (Luz Museum), Mourão.
O Fim da violência (The End of Violence) , curated by João Fonte Santa, Casa Bernardo, Caldas da Rainha.
ResPública, Centro de Arte Moderna Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Curated by Leonor Nazaré e Helena Freitas, Lisboa.
Experimental Film and Vídeo festival, 700IS Reindeerland, Iceland.
Seven Easy Steps for Social Improvement, at Horton & Lui Gallery, Curated by Amanda Schmitt, New York.
NYC Visions, at Milbank Chapel and Macy Gallery-Columbia University, Curated by Maurizio Pellegrin, New York.
Bermudas, curated by Patricia Valência at 101 Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
A escolha da crítica, at Plataforma Revolver – TransBoavista Building, Curated by Ligia Afonso, Lisbon.
Opções e Futuro, PLM Foundation Collection, City Museum, Lisbon.
Portuguese Artists Outside, Electricity Museum, Curated by João Pinharanda, organized by – Presidencial Museum, Lisbon.
Group, Curated by Emma Spertus, Subletters Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
How we Know, Beta Spaces 08, Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.
Enganar a fome, Espaço Avenida, Lisbon.
CUT!, Curated by Tiffany Sum and Yuka Yokoyama at Monkey Town, Brooklyn, New York.
Salamanca Art Fair, Carlos Carvalho Contemporary Art Gallery, Salamanca.
The Equestrian Project, Hunter College, Times Square Gallery, New York.
Portuguese Artists Outside, Organized by Presidential Museum, Viana do Castelo.
What time is this place, Curated by Hope Hilton, Chashama Gallery-Visual Arts Program, New York.
Debaixo do tapete, Plataforma Revólver, TransBoavista Building, Lisbon.
Dinamia, Pessegos Prá Semana Space, Oporto.
Video Art screening, Pioneer Movie theater, Curated by Emma Spertus, New York.
Atmosferas Upgrade! Lisbon, Lisboa 20 Contemporary Art Gallery, Lisbon.
Opções e Futuro, PLMJ Foundation Collection, Arte Contempo Space, Lisbon.
FAL - Lisbon Art Fair, Pedro Cera Gallery, Lisbon.
Bartolomeu 5 Space, Lisbon.
Caminhos de água, Montemor-o-Novo City Hall Gallery, Montemor-o-Novo.
Painting, I Painting prize Rothschild , Banque Privée E.Rothschild Headquarters, Lisbon.
Corner to corner, S. Francisco Convent - Oficinas do Convento, Montemor-o-Novo.
Inside in/outside out Galeria Nigendijker, Groningen, Holland.
Painting, curated by Xana at Castelo 66 Gallery, Lagos.
46º Salon de Montrouge (Salon Européen de Jeunes Créateurs), Paris/ Barcelona/ Amarante.
ARCO Madrid, Arte Periférica Gallery, Madrid.
FAC-Art Fair, Arte Periférica Gallery, Lisbon.
PHD research grant, FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology), FBAUL, Lisbon.
Inov-art Grant , DGArtes, Portuguese Government, New York.
Specialization and Investigation Grant in the United States of America by Calouste Gulbenkian and Luso-American Foundations - MFA, Master in Fine Arts, Hunter College, City University of New York.
Research and travel William Graff Grant, Hunter College – City University of New York, to S. Petersburg, Russia.
Research and study grant by CNC, National Cultural Center, Lisbon.
Erasmus Grant by University of Lisbon at AKademie Minerva, Groningen, Holland.
__ ART RESIDENCIES
Artist residency at Moinho da Fonte Santa, Alandroal.
Artist residency at Museu da Luz, Mourão.
Artist residency at Museu da Electricidade, EDP Foundation, Lisboa.
Artist Residency in Madeira, Public Art Profect, São Vicente Park, Funchal.
Artist Residency at the Printmaking Department - Fine Art School, Oporto University, Oporto.
Celso Martins, Projecto Contentores, Expresso /Actual, 25 April, 2015
José Luís Porfirio, Época de Estranheza em Frente ao Mundo, Expresso, Actual, Setembro 2012
Punctum, Coleccção de Fotografia da PLMJ, P2 Público, 19 December, 2010
Miguel Amado, Critic’s Picks, Artforum.com, New York http://artforum.com/archive/id=24170
Henrique Mano, Interview Luso-Americano Weekly Newspaper, New Jersey
Artes e Leilões, A Arte da Fuga, 67 artistas no Museu da Electricidade, March, 2009
Elsa Garcia, Lá Fora, Time Out Lisboa, 17 February 2009
Margarida Oliveira, Fora de portas, Entrevista, Ncontrast - Conceitos Perpendiculares, June 2008
Celso Martins, Bartolomeu 5, Expresso /Actual, 2 April de 2005
Celso Martins, Lugares novos para os novos, Expresso/Actual, 31 Oct. 2004
João Pinharanda, Lagos são os Lagos, Público/ Milfolhas, 11 August 2001
Alexandre Pomar, Apresentação, 46º Salon de Montrouge, Expresso /Cartaz, June 2001
Pedro Teixeira Neves, Técnicas de Auto-Defesa, Arte Ibérica, nº45, April 2001
João Pinharanda, O realismo e as suas mentiras, Público/ Local, 22 April 2000
Everywhere is the same sky, CACB, Norlinda and José Lima Collection, April 2015
Curatorial Lab, Casa da Moeda e Guimarães 2012, European Cultural Capital, 2012
Respublica, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2010
Experimental Film and Vídeo festival, 700IS Reindeerland, April 2010
Punctum, Colecção de Fotografia da PLMJ, December 2009
NYC Visions, Columbia University em Nova Iorque, November 2009
A escolha da Crítica, Plataforma Revólver, March 2009
Opções e Futuro, Colecção da Fundação PLMJ,2009
Artistas Portugueses Lá Fora, Museu da Presidência, Museu da Elestricidade, 2001
Enganar a Fome, Espaço Avenida, September 2008
Opções e Futuro, Colecção da Fundaçao PLMJ, 2008
Opções e Futuro I, Colecção da Fundaçao PLMJ,2006
Project room, Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, 2004
Técnicas de auto-defesa, Galeria Arte Periférica, Lisbon, 2001
46eme Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, 2001
FAC 2000, Galeria Arte Periférica, 2000
Conceição Lino, Interview for SIC TV Channel, January 2009