Carla Cabanas

Celtis austratralis L., 2015

This project contains two moments: an exterior and an interior. Both are born from the idea, developed by the artist in residency, whose starting point are the leaves of the trees in the garden. In this process the artist acquired random photographs at the Feira da Ladra in Lisbon. These were then scanned and printed by ink jet process on previously laser cut paper. The final work is an installation that works as a metaphor and it occupies one of the rooms in the palace and the fountain in the garden. For the artist, the main focus of the work is the point in which the installation on the garden is exposed to climate elements, such as wind and sun, and its consequent transformation. The 13.200 leaves are a metaphor for the process of life and its evolution. The visitor will be confronted, in the words of the artist, by the poetics of time.


Carla Cabanas (n. Lisboa, 1979) graduated in Visual Arts at Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Caldas da Rainha in 2003. She also concluded the advanced course at Escola Maumaus - Escola de Artes Visuais in 2004, in Lisboa. In 2008, she attended the photography course from the Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation Programme. In 2009 she concluded her postgraduation in Production and Creation in Technological Arts at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, in Lisboa. Her work has been also developed through artistic residencies, including “MobileHome - Curso Experimental de Arte Contemporânea” at Lagar Portas do Céu, in Loulé, 2009; “Transitante: entre álbuns e arquivos”, Workshop Internacional de Artistas no Intendente, Lisboa, 2012. “Viagens Invisiveis”, São Tomé e Principe, 2013. Cabanas is currently a resident artist at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa.

She won an Honorable Mention in Premio de Fotografia Purificacion Garcia in 2012 and in 2005 she won the third price of Pintura Ariane de Rothschild. In 2010/2011 she received a scholarship from INOV-Art Programme from Portugal's Ministry of Culture, to live in Antwerp and be David Claerbout's assistant. Her work is present at Colecção Fundação PLMJ, Colecção BES ART, Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Europe, Colecção LPS (Stanislas y Leticia Poniatowski) and in several private collections. She exhibits regularly since 2000.

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