Dalila Gonçalves

As coisas que nos escapam das mãos podem falar do chão que pisamos


From an experimental play Dalila Gonçalves tests the permeability of materials and processes of artistic practice and daily life. At Carpe Diem, water, dust, glass and clay are the used materials to mark and approach the Palace structures and specificities. By using video, photography and installation she conceives objects that do not always imply real transformation of things but rather materializations of subtle unexpected, ironic, absurd and metaphorical use of matter. The subtlety of the information, the nature of materials or the modus operandi chosen, play with the very relation of "perception" and the idea of "evidence". These strange moments are, perhaps, the kind of border between the physical reality and fiction which trigger the mechanisms of feeling and thinking that give meaning to art object.

Dalila Gonçalves (Castelo de Paiva, 1982). Lives and works in Oporto and Castelo de Paiva (Portugal). Has a Degree in Visual Arts – Painting (2005) and a Masters in Art Education (2009), both by University of Porto. Selected for the second edition of the Photography Course Programme Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation (2008). From 2010 to 2011, Dalila worked at Ignasi Aballí’s studio in Barcelone (under the scholarship programme Inov - Art, Portuguese Ministry of Culture). She is currently attending the PhD in Art and Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Porto.

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