Full name: Paulina Joana Fernandes Ribeiro de Almeida
Organisation: Ideias Emergentes (Guimarães, Portugal)
Currently lives and works in: Portugal
Practice: Performance, installation, dance, circus, theatre
Works with social sculpture, dance, music, performance, circus, writing and installation. Focuses on cultural-social-political site-specific contents and concepts as “useful” and participatory art.
Studied at Soares dos Reis Artistic School, ESMAE, Superior School for Music and Performance Arts, Porto, ACE Academy for Contemporary Performance specialization in public art, within the framework of Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture.
Has Master’s degree in Educational Sciences, by the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Porto.
Currently works as curator and consultant for the municipalities of Agueda and Aveiro, in Portugal.
Creates site-specific pieces internationally.
Areas of interest: Performance art, sports, dance, music, circus.
Why are you a part of MagiC Carpets: I was invited by Cláudia Melo on the basis of my portfolio.
What inspires you as an artist? Life.
What do you think is the purpose of art? Experience and transformation.
Your favourite book(s): A Estranha Ordem das Coisas by Antonio Damásio.
Your favourite film(s): Pillow book.
MagiC Carpets project: BRING BACK HOME
Bring Back Home was a one-month residence-performance and investigation carried out in Jelsa, the island of Hvar, Croatia. Here I reflected on the local social-political issues. It culminated in the creation of Imortella tribe tour guiding experience, an invented ancient future story, the purpose of which was to raise awareness in local and international communities about the changes in the identity of this place.
Type: Dance, video, music, installation
Conserva (2018) was a site-specific performance commissioned by MAR, the Street Art Showcase, in Sines.
It was based on the life of local fishermen and the sea pollution. The performance and the installation were made using the objects found, also using videos, dance and electronic music.