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In the recent times, specifically in the aftermath of the worldwide financial crisis, we have been starting to observe in the Portuguese population a shift in societal behaviours, becoming united facing the several policies of austerity imposed by international organizations. The population have been driven to the abyss’s verge, precariously surviving without any envision of a prosperous future, manifesting their frustration against the government’s decisions, which is mostly corrupt and blatantly meanders through a system of lobbies.
“ART STABS POWER – Que se vayan todos!” is an exhibition focusing on the several policies of austerity imposed to Portugal, its impacts in Society and in the Arts. Art has always remained a critical and conscious platform reflecting upon the local social and political issues that consequentially mirror global politics and international interests. Thus it explores the current interrelationships between art, activism and politics through several art projects. These projects use performance, installation, video, painting and objects as mediums of manifestation and/or reflection on the current austerity policies that have brutally impacted the lives of the Europeans and Portuguese people as well as the future of their country.
Inês Valle is a transcultural curator, art consultant and writer based between London (UK) and Lagos (NIG); specializing in African and Aboriginal contemporary arts, international social engaged art practices, art and communities, and in intercultural dialogues. She is a Founder / Director of the CERA PROJECT, an itinerant art platform for art that falls outside of Eurocentric and Western narratives, which encourages critical engagement with contemporary global issues, fosters conversation between artists, curators, writers, scientists and collectors.
Valle holds a BA in Visual Arts and a MA in Curatorial Studies both at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. She has collaborated with art organizations across the world, including in Argentina, Australia, Congo, France, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palestine, Portugal, Rwanda, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. Currently, she is working on a major museum exhibition of the Argentinian artist Marcelo Brodsky at Berardo Museum in Portugal, as well as to the first edition of FRAT– the first Art and Technology Festival in West Africa, that she co-founded with the HFactor Collective in Nigeria.
Inês Valle supports our VELVENOIR AFRICA/AUSTRALIA advisors with various residential, hospitality and commercial projects with her curatorial expertise and know-how as well as supports our clients with our VELVENOIR services throughout the entire development process.