Bio

Bio: 

(b. 1978 in Figueira da Foz, Portugal) I am a photographer with a degree in anthropology and a MsC in sociology. After having worked as a photojournalist between 2003 and 2005, I started pursuing documentary projects, addressing topics such as postcolonial studies or disability. 

In 2015 I was a awarded a scholarship at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, in Rio de Janeiro. In 2016 I won the "Postcards from Portugal - Future Memories" competition as part of Encontros da Imagem Festival (Portugal) where I was also a finalist for the Discovery Awards. During that year, I also won the first prize (coup de coeur du jury) of the ARPIA (Association of Recherche et Production de Images en Anthropologie et Art) in Paris. I have exhibited collectively at Foto Rio and in other exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro (2016).

In 2017 I worked as a stills photographer for the film Pedro and Inês (2017), part of the Official Selection of Montreal Film Festival and started a project on disability and the right to Independent Life.

In 2018 I was selected for the Portfolio Walk of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie and became part of the TransPhotoEurope initiative, organized by Photo España. I have also received an Honorable Mention at the FNAC New Talents in Photography Award 2018 (Portugal), and have been awarded a grant for the European Master in Contemporary Photography at the European Design Institute, in Madrid, where I currently live.

 

 

Artist statement: 

Based on my anthropological experience in participant observation I seek discoveries rather than asking and answering questions. I conceive my pictures as an emotional truth, a serene and contemplative stance of what surrounds me. I am in a constant pursuit of elegance, exploring an images’ aesthetic potential and the limits of its beauty. My work is built on some sort of abstract meaningful fragments, in which each photograph presents a story in itself to explore, a dream.