Dalila Gonçalves Castelo de Paiva, Portugal,

My work involves a process of dissection, a discovery of objects and materials in all their layers, to a point when I can see them from the inside. I’m describing an unfolding of their plasticity, their history and function, and everything at once. I often do this in a process of poetic reorganization of my practices of collection, systematization and indexing of everyday objects and materials altered by industrial, natural, chronological and atmospheric processes — I emphasize their singularities, the things that make them unique. Sometimes, I freeze them in a specific moment of my analysis; or I experiment with them, forcing them to engage in dialogue with other objects, creating narratives that can be either documental or fictional. 

Within a practice with a strong focus on the process, I use video, photography, ceramics, sculpture and installation to address my different interests: the idea of time as a medium and metaphor; salvage; the obsolete; the experiences between the industrial and the organic, between craftmanship and mass production.

Although she lives and works in Porto, she's graduated in Visual Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto (2005) and she obtained a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts Education (MA) from the The Faculties of Fine Arts and Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto (2009). She has 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 has been an "artist-in-residence" at Residence Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014); Artist-in-Residence Programme KulturKontakt, Vienna, Austria (2017); Residence Pivô Art and Research, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Fundación Marso Residence, Mexico DF (2019).

She exhibits regularly in Institutions and Galleries in different countries of Europe and South America where is represented in public and private collections.

Dalila Gonçalves regularly displays her work at several international art fairs such as ArcoMadrid (solo Show); ArteRio e SPArte (solo show), Brazil; ArtBO, Colombia, Zona MACO (Solo Show) Mexico; ArtLima, Peru, ArcoLisboa (Portugal); Vienna Contemporary, Austria; Artissima, Italy; Untitled Miami, USA, among others.

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