Lucia Prancha

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Artist Statement

I’m invested in exploring the subjects and systems of the human condition that remain beneath the surface: the invisible, ​the idea of g​host,​ repressed desires, ​immaterial labour​ and how technology today mirrors this kind of contemporary ​f​ears ​and, corrupts ​the distribution of the sensible. The works are investigating the tensions between aesthetics, perception, and politics, rethinking historical and social episodes. In the video installation “Sebastian, The Ghost”, I searched an alternative view of the Portuguese colonization of Brazil through a ghost story, folklore and oral history in a shape of a surreal fiction or dream-like format that tends to seek the real; or as in “The Haunted Screensavers”, a site-specific intervention at the computers of CalArts library. The recent body of work reflects on our current relationship with screens and technological devices, reflecting about the mass-consumption of beauty and the representation of the female body from a historical point of view to our current digital age. This research includes the video work “About Faces” that regards these screens as windows for the so called libidinal economy. The “Fluids Series” is a group of paintings with a digital image printed on fabric and acrylic paint applied across the edges. In all of the images, one finds as a backdrop the Photoshop’s checkered pattern, a representation of transparency or the binary visible/invisible.The work analyses the tension between technology and its consumption strategies, or the production of desires as well as the intricate relations of art as a commodity itself.

 

CV

Born in 1985 in Lisbon, Portugal

Presently practicing in Los Angeles, USA


Education

2015

MFA in Art, CalArts – California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA

2012

MA in Visual Poetics, School of Arts and Communication, University of Sao Paulo, BR

2009

BA in Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, PT


Solo Shows

2015

Chasing the Invisible, Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos, Lisbon, PT

Lúcia Prancha, CalArts, D301. Valencia, Los Angeles, CA, EUA

2014

AN ARTIST INVITES A FILM CRITIC TO SHOW HIS WORK – A friendship between Lúcia Prancha and Andy Rector. CalArts, Stevenson Blanche. Valencia, Los Angeles, CA, EUA

2013

Reality bites its own tail, Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo, BR

2012

O Sol que emite uma luz negra, Red Bull House of Art, Lisbon, PT

2010

An exhibition by Lúcia Prancha and Sara Nunes Fernandes, with Sara Nunes Fernandes, Sopro Projecto de Arte Contemporânea, Lisboa, PT

2008

A água parda arrastava pedaços de gelo, with Raquel Pinto, Biblioteca Municipal de Sintra, Sintra, PT


Group Shows and Screenings

2015

CalArts Post Grad Show 2015, curated by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Cooper Design Space, Los Angeles, USA

2014

Novo Banco Revelação 2014 – New Photography in Portugal, Serralves Foundation, Porto, PT

2013

Chaos & Cosmos: An Art Exhibition Inspired by Borges. CalArts, Butler Building & CArt, CA. EUA

2012

Say what you have to say, Put it on the table and walk away… And see what it does, Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos, Lisbon, PT

A+B, curated by Renan Araújo, Galeria Gramatura, São Paulo, BR

100 Obras, 10 anos: Uma selecção da Colecção PLMJ, Fundação Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva, Lisbon, PT

Princípios Flexor, curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli, Galeria Gramatura, Sao Paulo, BR

2011

Festival Número, ZDB, Lisbon, PT

2010

Documentary screening, Also because Roland Barthes was kind of a cool guy, who wrote with heart wide open but a clear head too, directed, edited and images by Bruno Moreira, for the 29ª São Paulo Bienal, Terreiro “A Pele do Invisível”, Sao Paulo, BR

The Enlightenment Gallery presents Electrical Faults, part of Charlie Wooley’s NEU!, [space], London

Jornal mural, organized by artist Hugo Canoilas, Lisbon, PT

ZDB Residencies, Open Studios, Lisbon, PT

TEXT’o-&-figura, curated by Roland Castellon, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica –Museo de los Niños, San José, CR

Exposições Residência Artística FAAP & Cité des Arts, Casa Lutetia, Sao Paulo, BR

2009

À crise…, Sopro – Projecto de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, PT

Saudade, curated by Alda Galsterer, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, PT

Anteciparte 09, Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, PT

2008

Afterthought, curated by Anja Schneider, Irmaveplab, Reims, FR

Observatório Tangencial, curated by Margarida Mendes, 7 days project – Round the Corner, Teatro da Trindade, Lisbon, PT

Finisterra, curated by Maria do Mar Fazenda, Allgarve, Algarve, PT

Concurso Serralves em Festa, Fundação Serralves, Porto, PT

Ocorrência, Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos, Lisbon, PT

Prize D. Fernando II, Câmara Municipal de Sintra, Sintra, PT

2007

3º Prémio de Pintura Ariane de Rothschild, Lisbon, PT


Residences

2012

Red Bull House of Art, Lisbon, PT

2010

FAAP residências Artísticas, Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, Sao Paulo, BR

2009 – 2010

ZDB, Zé dos Bois, Lisbon, PT


Awards and Grants

2015

Nominated for Dedalus Master of Fine Arts Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture, NY, USA

2014

Novo Banco Revelação 2014 – New Photography in PT, Serralves Foundation, Porto, PT

2013-2015

Recipient of a two-year Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Luso-American Foundation for Development (FLAD) Scholarship to study at CalArts, Valencia, USA

2009

Nominated for Anteciparte 09, Museu do Oriente, Lisboa, PT
Internship. Scholarship Programme Luso-Brasileiro Santander Universidades, School of Arts and Communication, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, BR

2008

Serralves em Festa 2008, Fundação Serralves, Porto, PT

Revelation Prize D. Fernando II, Câmara Municipal de Sintra, Sintra, PT

Selected, 3° Prémio de Pintura Ariane de Rothschild, Lisboa, PT

2006-2007

Internship. Erasmus Programme, Faculty of Art & Design, University of Hertfordshire, London, UK


Collections

Colecção Fundação Carmona e Costa, Lisbon, PT

Colecção Fundação PLMJ, Lisbon, PT

Red Bull House of Art, Lisbon, PT


Other

2010-2011

Contemporary Art Researcher for the Octogono Contemporary Art Project, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

Coordinator: Ivo Mesquita, Sao Paulo, BR

2006-2009

Editorial team, Magazine Production and Launch Events, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon – MARTE MAGAZINE, Lisbon, PT