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2016/19 – FATAMORGANA (PROJECT)
Untitled (2019) photographs, Fatamorgana (2019) publication
(in development)

Fatamorgana is a project comprehended between 2016 and 2019. The project contemplates Fatamorgana (2017) theatre play, ©Fatamorgana (2018-2019) film, Fatamorgana (2018) publication, Affektenlehre (2018) sound installation, What do we talk about when we talk about Fatamorgana (2018) film, Untitled (2019) photographs, Fatamorgana (2019) publication.

2017 – Fatamorgana
Theater show, 120’, Portugal-France
Commission: BoCA Bienal de Arte Contemporânea, Portugal
Production: BoCA Bienal de Arte Contemporânea, Les Films du Bal, Colectivo 84
Development Support: CNAP – Centre National de Arts Plastiques, Marra.tein, Ashkal Alwan, Screen Miguel Nabinho
Support: CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, Ministerio da Cultura – Direcção Geral das Artes

2018/19 – ©Fatamorgana
HD vídeo, 2:39, color/black and white, dolby 5.1 sound, 120 min, Portugal-France-Lebanon
Commision: Culturgest – Caixa Geral de Depósitos

2018 – What do we talk about when we talk about Fatamorgana
HD video, 2:39, black and white, dolby 5.1 sound, 40 min, Portugal-France-Lebanon

2018 – Affektenlehre
Sound installation, Dolby 5.1 sound, 20 min, in a loop, neon 25 x 188.4 cm, Portugal
In collaboration with Miguel Martins
Commision: Culturgest – Caixa Geral de Depósitos

2018 – Fatamorgana
Publication, offset printing on Inaset 70gr. paper, format 34 X 24 cm, 44pp., Portugal
In collaboration with Isabel Ramos
Commision: Culturgest – Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Production: Culturgest – Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Printing: Gráfica Maiadouro

Fatamorgana (2016-2019) by Salomé Lamas produced by Lamaland in coproduction with BoCA – Biennial Of Contemporary Arts, Les Films du Bal, Colectivo 84.
Fatamorgana (2016-2019) was produced with the support of: CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, Culturgest – Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Dgartes – Direcção Geral das Artes, the development support of: CNAP – Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Marra.tein, Ashkal Alwan, 2017 Faliro House – Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop and the additional support of Colecção António Cachola, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Screen Miguel Nabinho, Walla Collective, Íngreme, Alexandra Moura, DB Studios, Hall of Fame, Escola das Artes – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, MacDowell Colony, Terratreme, Yaddo, Fundacíon Botín.

Fatamorgana is a political parody, where historical and contemporary personalities are given voice in an ironic way – explicit references are drawn from post WWII world history and geopolitics. Hanan – a Muslim cousin of Molly Bloom – finds herself, not sure how, in Beirut’s Hall of Fame, after its closing hours; like the most virtuous Penelope, this woman waits for her husband; she appears to have set a date with him; but he has not arrived; where can he be? The project comprises various interdisciplinary detour productions built around key structural themes and involving multiple collaborations.

Fatamorgana is a “speculative comedy”. The main theme in the project is that of sense illusion and truth. The project presents the deity Fata Morgana as the goddess of illusion whose main role is to deceive humans. The allegorical dimension involves a gradual coming to awareness of these illusions.
The key is to educate the mind to see the truth in the appearances and not to imagine that it has been exiled somewhere beyond them in a sphere that is unattainable by human cognition. Hanan a character that inhabits some of the project productions is convinced that her contemporaries suffer from a myopic fixation on empirical particulars that transfix the mind momentarily; but this are only transient, and while one is fixated on them, one fails to see the deeper truth.


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