2016 – Self Portrait

Web project, photography and text, Germany-Portugal

2017 – Autorretrato / Self-Portrait

2 Photogravure, spite-bite aquatint on 300g Somerset Softwhite paper, Portugal
Paper Size: 56 x 76 cm; Image Size: 21x15cm (image), 33x48,3 cm (text)

2018 – Self-Portrait

HD video, 2:39, black and white, Dolby 5.1 sound, 10 min., Germany-Portugal
Commission: This Long Century Web Project, Escola das Artes Universidade Católica do Porto
Production: Curtas Metragens CRL / Solar Galeria de Arte Cinemática, Lamaland
Printing: MeelPress
Support: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, DGARTES - Mnistério de Cultura

The war in Ukraine is burning. In early 2015 a Portuguese producer allocates a symbolic fund for the production of Extinction (2018) that allows for a return to Transnistria, a pro-Russian frozen-conflict in Moldova. We apply for journalist visas with a false script. The visas take too long. Nevertheless, we book the crew their plane tickets; I fit part of the available budget in my pockets; S.D carries the rest from Berlin. Two days before departing all the crewmembers are granted journalist accreditations – including the Moldovan nationals. The shooting runs as expected for 20 days, the only border incident to allude, between Moldova and Ukraine, with KGB agents is reported in Self-Portrait (2016/2018). There is no consular protection in the territory. I’m unsure if I’ll ever get to meet our friends again.

School of Arts Universidade Católica Portuguesa
This long century

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