Having started their careers in the late 1990’s in Porto, both have been active in defining the local art scene, not only as artists but also as curators, producers and art educators.
Their works, with a mutual preference for media such as installation or film/video, reflect upon the conditions of post-colonialism as examined through personal, family narratives (Santos Maia), or the dynamics involved in art production and its various undercurrents under late capitalism (Ramalho).
In both cases, the concept of impact can be traced as a defining element. Thus, the common ground for the works to be exhibited at ROSALUX emerges from the related notions of occupying and encounter, and the tensions they propose, in favor of a time yet to come.
Manuel Santos Maia born in Moçambique in 1970. Lives and works in Oporto. In his ongoing project “alheava”, Manuel Santos Maia intersects the notion of document with individual and family experiences in order to achieve a sort of collective 'memorabilia', as an anthropological mirror that links us all with the filter of a 'documented intimacy'.
Nuno Ramalho born in 1975. Lives in Porto, where he graduated in Sculpture (FBAUP, 1999). Studies in San Francisco (SFAI, MFA, 2008) and in London (Goldsmiths). Since 1999 he develops his work in areas such as drawing, installation, sculpture, performance, sound and video. He is represented by Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon.
Espaço MIRA, CRIATÓRIO (Porto)