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Salomé Lamas is a Portuguese filmmaker, visual artist and educator.

For the last fifteen years and with a steady production of more than thirty projects Salomé Lamas’ work has been contextualized in visual culture, artistic studies, and film studies, exhibited, and distributed internationally in the fields of cinema (movie theatres, festivals, VOD streaming) and contemporary art (galleries, museums, art fairs, biennials).

She has been developing an artistic practice which explores the embedded relation between representation and the narrative power of social reality while proposing something different. Around, but not beyond, the real: beyond, but not besides, the fictional. To address the efforts to expand such interstice she refers to her work as critical media practice parafictions.

With a mixed background in cinema and visual arts, and a research informed by critical epistemology, transnational and subjective, focused on the possibilities opened up by the ecological thought, as well as the connection between artistic praxis, economic, aesthetic mutations, and contemporary philosophy, she’s been challenged to comply to a single orientation or to combine them in her action as an artist/filmmaker, but also as an educator, in various contexts, levels and geographies.

The multidisciplinary ethos underpinning her artistic endeavor, continually challenges the boundaries of visual narrative, to foster critical dialogues that prompt audiences to confront the intricacies of the human experience and broader societal dynamics, focused on Migration, Post-colonialism, and a critique of capitalism.

This research-based practice perpetuates a legacy of intellectual inquiry and artistic innovation and approaches critically the social and economic roles of media production, in the stages of development, production, exhibition, distribution and archive with outcomes ranging from films, audiovisual installations and publications.


For the last fifteen years and with a steady production of more than thirty projects Salomé Lamas’ work has been contextualized, exhibited, and distributed internationally in the fields of cinema (movie theatres, festivals, VOD streaming) and contemporary art (galleries, museums, art fairs, biennials).

She has been developing an artistic practice which explores the embedded relation between representation and the narrative power of social reality while proposing something different. Around, but not beyond, the real: beyond, but not beside, the fictional. To address the efforts to expand such interstice, in a fertile occupation of no man’s land, she refers to her work as critical media practice parafictions.

Studied cinema in Lisbon and Prague, visual arts in Amsterdam and completed the coursework stage of Ph.D in film /contemporary art studies in Coimbra.

Her work has been screened both in art venues and film festivals such as Berlinale, Locarno, BAFICI, Fid Marseille, Museo Arte Reina Sofa, MNAC – Museu do Chiado, DocLisboa, Cinema du Réel, Visions du Réel, MoMA  –  Museum of Modern Art, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Harvard Film Archive, Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Moving Images NY, Jewish Museum NY, Fid Marseille, Arsenal Institut für Film und Videokunst, Viennale, Culturgest, CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, Hong Kong Film Festival, Museu Serralves, Tate Modern, CPH: DOX, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, Bozar, Louvre, Tabakalera, ICA London, TBA 21 Foundation, CAC Vilnius, MALBA, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, FAEMA, SESC Brazil, MAAT, La Biennale di Venezia Architettura, among others.

Lamas was granted several fellowships such as the Gardner Film Study Center Fellowship – Harvard University, The Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center, Brown Foundation – Dora Maar House, MacDowell, Bogliasco Foundation, Camargo Foundation,  Civitelle Ranieri, Yaddo, Civitella Ranieri, Fundación Botín, Foundación La Caixa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Sundance, Luso-American Development Foundation – FLAD, Centre National des Arts Plastiques – CNAP, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD.

Lamas is an educator in various contexts and geographies and is regularly invited to present master classes, intervene in seminars,  workshops,  conferences, juries, in several art, film and teaching institutions.

She is an author of diverse essays on contemporary art/cinema, mainly dealing with subjects related to her own work and Lamaland often hosts a range of academic trainees and professional internships.

She is adjunct professor at ESAD.CR School of Arts and Design, associate professor at Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, collaborates with the School or Arts of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola, Diriyah Art Futures Center. In 2000/21 she was Harvard Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University and in 2023 she was a visiting scholar at Northwestern University Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.

She collaborates with the production company O Som e a Fúria and Primeira Idade and is represented by Kubik Gallery and Galeria Miguel Nabinho.

After being in the direction of APR – Portuguese Director’s Association. In 2020 she founded, with the support of a group of artists, AAVP – Portuguese Association of Visual Artists in Portugal.

All her artistic production is available for study and consultation at Tabakalera – International Centre for Contemporary Culture located in San Sebastian and is represented in several public and private collections.


In a fertile occupation of no man’s land, Lamas refers to her work as critical media practice parafictions. Rather than conventionally dwelling in the periphery between cinema and the visual arts, fiction, and non-fiction, she has been attempting to make these languages her own, treading new paths in form and content, challenging the conventional methods of production, modes of exhibition and the lines between various filmic and artistic forms of aesthetic expression.

Actively exploring the capacities and limitations of transdisciplinary and transmedial situations in contemporary culture and exploring the connections between aesthetics, materiality, and politics – theory and praxis are intrinsically linked to each other.

She is interested in understanding to what extent can reflexive parafiction produce new social and aesthetic forms and structures while contributing to an awareness of its own form and structure.Parafiction responds to technological change and epistemological uncertainty by turning to reflexivity, artifice, and performativity by taking up strategies of re-enactment, essayism, and subjectivism, and most of the times being accompanied by critical writing.

A parafiction that relies on the boundaries between reality and fiction to rethink a state of uncertainty inherent to our historical moment through contemporary art/cinema helps sort fact from fiction, assisting in reflection and training our minds to confront other kinds of information.

She advocates for parafiction as a vital method which produces new information and perspectives acting as an additional module that connects physical and digital spatio-temporal with alternative potential for pasts, presents, and futures.

A fundamental principle her practice is the dialogue among disciplines, points of view, and methodologies. Laboratory and applied research, old and new media, local and global forms of organization are guiding principles.

Lamas has been researching in different scales, social formations, mappings, systems, and gestures as a cartographer of human activity. She is often drawn to critical zones, geographies of sacrifice and controversial subjects. These liminal territories and marginal characters are brought to the public for critical discussion.

These works of either modified ethnography, performative or allegoric features, show an interest in the intrinsic relationship between storytelling, memory, and history; while using primarily time-based media to explore the traumatically repressed, seemingly unrepresentable, or historically invisible, from the horrors of colonial violence to the landscapes of global capital.

Moreover, Lamas conveys a multidisciplinary approach, critically addressing the social and economic roles of media production, in the stages of development, production, exhibition, and distribution with outcomes ranging from publications, film, video and sound installation.

Her approach to education includes and overspills the framework of systematic, academic, and institutional teaching.

To be coherent with her practice means to dwell on the problems of the translator and to accept the vitality of the collector.


OURO E CINZA, PROJECT (OURO E CINZA / GOLD AND ASHES [in finalization], GOLD AND ASHES REDUX [in production]), VERTIGO [in development], PANTHERAS, PROJECT (PANTHERAS  [in development], PANTHERAS COSMOLOGY [in production] website), LA VAGUE / THE WAVE [2022], GAIA, PROJECT [2021] (WHAT IF THE METEORITES WOULD TALK [2021] installation, GAIA [2021] record-cum-publication, GAIA: WHAT IF THE METEORITES WOULD TALK [2021] film), HOTEL ROYAL, PROJECT [2020-2021] (HOTEL ROYAL [2021] film, HR [2020] installation), EXTRACTION: THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA, PROJECT [2019-2020] (EXTRACTION: THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA [2019] film, publication, EXTRACTION: THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA [2020] film, video installation), O CORPO, A SEXUALIDADE E O ERÓTICO NA OBRA DE JÚLIO POMAR /THE BODY, SEXUALITY AND THE EROTIC IN THE WORK OF JÚLIO POMAR [2019] (audiovisual installation, publication), FATAMORGANA [2016-2019] (FATAMORGANA [2017] theatre play, ©FATAMORGANA [2018-2019] film, FATAMORGANA [2018] publication in collaboration with Isabel Ramos, AFFEKTENLEHRE [2018] sound installation in collaboration with Miguel Martins, What do we talk about when we talk about FATAMORGANA [2018] film, FATAMORGANA [2019] publication), HANGAR-TERMINAL-METRO [2018], EXTINÇÃO / EXTINCTION, PROJECT [2015-2018] (EXTINÇÃO / EXTINCTION [2018], HORIZON NOZIROH [2017] video installation, co-directed with Gregorio Graziosi in collaboration with Christoph Both-Asmus, DREAM WORLD [2018] photography, AUTO RETRATO / SELF PORTRAIT [2016-2018] video installation, photogravure) UBI SUNT I-III, PROJECT [2017] (UBI SUNT I [2017] UBI SUNT II [2017] video installation - in collaboration with Christoph Both-Asmus, UBI SUNT III [2017] video installation - in collaboration with Christoph Both-Asmus), COUP DE GRACE [2017], …RIOTS AND RITUALS [2016], PARAFICTION (SELECTED WORKS 2010 – 2016) [2016] (publication), ELDORADO XXI, PROJECT [2016] (ELDORADO XXI [2016], THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD [2016] video installation, MOUNT ANANEA [2015] installation) NORTE/NORTH: TRIAL BY FIRE [2015] (video installation), THEATRUM ORBIS TERRARUM [2013] (film, installation), TERRA DE NINGUÉM / NO MAN’S LAND, PROJECT [2012-2015] (TERRA DE NINGUÉM / NO MAN’S LAND [2012], LE BOUDIN [2014]), A COMUNIDADE / THE COMMUNITY, [2012], ENCOUNTERS WITH LANDSCAPE3X [2012], VHS - VIDEO HOME SYSTEM [2010-2012], GOLDEN DAWN [2011], IMPERIAL GIRL [2010], JOTTA: A MINHA MALADRESSE É UMA FORMA DE DELICATESSE [2009] (co-directed with Francisco Moreira).


Smaller projects are executed every year to be included in group shows, publications, talks, commercial commissions, web-content minor participations or contributions to third party initiatives.


Current positions: ESAD.CR School of Arts and Design, University of Lisbon, School or Arts of the Universidade Católica, Diriyah Art Futures Center,

Former positions: Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola, Diriyah Art Futures Center, Northwestern University (Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, visiting scholar), Harvard University (Film Study Center, fellow), Universidade de Lisboa.

Lamas is regularly invited to present masterclasses, intervene in seminars, workshops, conferences, juries, in several art, film and teaching institutions:

Universities: Harvard University, USA; Rutgers University, USA; Northwestern University, USA; Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck, Austria; Art Academy Stuttgart, Germany;  Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal; Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema de Lisboa, Portugal; Veritas Universidad, Costa Rica; McGill University, Canada;  Malmö Art Academy, Sweden; Fundacion Universidad del Cine, Argentina; Universitat de Valencia, Spain; The New School, USA; EICTV Escuela cine San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba; KASK Conservatorium, Belgium; Universidad de Navarra, Spain; Vilnius Art Academy, Lithuania; Institut Kesenian Jakarta Indonesia; Ain Shams University, Egypt; Centro Universitário de Artes TAI, Spain; LAV, Spain; Universidade Lusofona; Ville Arson, France, among others

Video workshops: UNICEF/The One Minutes Foundation with youngsters in Uganda, Zimbabwe, United States and Mexico. SIC, Belgium, Union Docs, USA, Hamaca, Spain, Casa Encendida, Spain; ICA Institute of Comtemporary Art, UK; SESC Belo Horizonte, Brazil; ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, UK; Tabakalera, Spain, VideoEX, Switzerland, among others

Art institutions and film festivals across the world for panels, roundtables, artist talks, seminars, labs, workshops, studio visits and masterclasses in geographies such as France, Spain, Germany, United States, Argentina, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Lithuania, Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland, Mexico, Chile, Serbia, England, Belgium, Austria, Peru, among others.

Juried for film and art competitions, for festival awards, artist residencies, collection acquisitions and funding.


Lamaland hosts academic and professional apprenticeships.

It is currently looking for a motivated and passionate apprentice in Lisbon to assist with a range of new projects. The emphasis will lie on research, project management, production, audiovisual editing, distribution, and archive.

Requirements (preferable)
— Good Adobe Suite skills (Premiere, Photoshop, In Design);
— Strong visual communication skills;
— Good spoken and written English.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume/portfolio
(no larger than 10MB) to salomelamas [at]

Dgartes – Direção Geral das Artes, Film study Center – Harvard University, Fundación La Caixa, FLAD – Fundação Luso Americana para o Desenvolvimento, Institut Français, Garantir Cultura, INOV-ART, Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual (ICA), Camargo Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Film commision, EGEAC Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Brown Foundation, Yaddo, European Cinema Support Fund (MEDIA/EURIMAGES) Council of Europe, Fundación Botín, MacDowell, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, CNAP Centre National de Arts Plastiques, Câmara Municipal do Porto, Câmara Municipal de Arruda dos Vinhos, Fondation Luso-Francaise Elise Senyarich, Fonds d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève, Fonds d’Art Contemporain du Canton de Genève, FAENA ART, In Between Art Film, Instituto Camões, CNC Centre Nacional du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Danske Filminstitut, Denmark; Rockefeller Foundation, Berliner, RTP, Sundance Institute, Civitella Ranieri, Camara Municipal de Mértola, INL – Internatinonal Iberian Nanotechology Laboratory, Fundación Luís Seoane and Deputación da Coruña, coleção Antonio Cachola / MACE, Marra.Tain, Ashkal Alwan, Sonae, Cinemateca Portuguesa – Centro de Conservação ANIM, Donostian San Sebastian Foundation, DC – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, République et canton de Genève, Fondazione CARIPLO, Sesc Brazil, Northwestern University, Det Danske Filminstitut, among others.

ART for The World, Experimenta Design, Solar – Galeria de Arte Cinemática, Museu/Atelier Julio Pomar, Sirius Arts Centre, Galerias Municipais de Lisboa, Anozero - Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, BoCA Bienal de Arte Contemporânea, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, Tabakalera Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea, LAB/CPH: DOX, Fid Marseille International film festival, FICUNAM International Film Festival, Gnration, Galerias Municipais do Porto, CCB Centro Cultural de Belém, Culturgest, Serralves Museum, Batalha Centro de Cinema, INTERSECCIÓN  –  Contemporary Audiovisual Art Festival, Filmadrid, MNAC – Museu do Chiado, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Universidade Catolica do Porto, Festival Temps d’Images, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Sandberg Institutt, Experimenta Design, Punto de Vista, The One Minutes Foundation, Doctors of the World, Salzburger Kunstverein, Teatro Praga, Centro Botin, Hangar – Centro de Investigação Artistica, Teatro Viriato, Filmadrid, among others.


2023- Birhatta Art Foundation, Bangladesh; Bolzano Film Festival Bozen, Italy; Fundacíon Proa, Argentina; Kunstnernes Hus Cinema, Norway; 2023/2021/2019- Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal; 2023/2021/2020/2017- Cinemateca Portuguesa, Portugal; 2023/2013- New Horizons New Films, Poland; 2023/2018/2017/2010- Oberhausen, Germany.

2022 - Video Brasil (online), Brazil; Hotel de Ville, France; Sound and Image Culture, Belgium; Louvre RI/Paris-Berlin, France; 2022/ 2016 Union Docs, USA; 2022/2021/2019/2018/2016/2017 - Haus der Kulturen de Welt RI/Paris-berlin, Germany; 2022/2019/2017/2016/2014/MALBA, Argentina.

2021- Transitions Film Festival, Australia; Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Romania; ICA London, UK; Indi-Visual Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, Korea; Locarno, Switzerland; Centro Bótin, Spain; 2021/2018/2017- Frames of Representation, UK; 2021/2017- Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brazil; 2021/2016/2014 - Porto Post Doc, Portugal; 2021/2013- Viennale, Austria; 2021/2019/2018/2013/2012/2011/2009 - Doc Lisboa, Portugal.

2020- Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Armenia; 2022/2019- INTERSECION, Spain; 2020/2018/2017- SESC Belenzinho/ SESC Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

2019- Hongseung International Film Festival, Korea; Costa Rica International Film festival, Costa Rica; Atelier/Museu Júlio Pomar, Portugal; Gasworks Gallery, UK; International Film Festival India (IFFI), India; 2019/2016- Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Spain; 2019/2017- FICUNAM (2021 Catapulta), México; 2019/2015- La Casa Encendida, Spain; 2019/2013- Rome Film Festival, Italy.

2018- Dokufest, Kosovo; IDFA, The Netherlands; Venice Biennale of Architecture, Italy; RIDM, Canada; MAMI Film Festival Mumbai, India; CHP: DOX, Denmark; CinéDOC-Tbilisi, Georgia; Berlinische Gallery, Germany; Fidocs, Chile; Culturgest, Portugal; 2018/2015 - VideoEX, Switzerland; 2018/2015 - WORM, The Netherlands; 2018/2016/2014- Transcinema, Peru; 2018/2016/2013- Museum of Moving Images, USA; 2018/2016/2013- Sevilla Film Festival, Spain; 2018/2013- MNAC – Museu do Chiado, Portugal; 2018/2013 - Cinema du Réel, France.

2017- Woche der Kritik, Germany; Faena Art Center, Argentina; Ural Industrial Biennale, Russia; Tate Modern, UK; Hong Kong International Films Festival, China; Anthology Film Archive, USA; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Austria; Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Israel; Solar/Galeria de Arte Cinemática, Portugal; Oaxaca Film Fest, Mexico; Daadgallery/Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Germany; CCB Belém Cultural Centre, Portugal; 2017/2016 - Gijon IFF, Spain; 2017/2014/2013- Lima Independiente, Peru; 2017/ 2013 - FID Marseille (2023/2013 FID LAB), France; 2017/2013 - Milano Film Festival, Italy; 2017/2013 - Courtisane Film Festival, Belgium; 2017 / 2012 - Indie Lisboa, Portugal; 2017 /2015 / 2014 / 2012 / 2009 - Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugal; 2017/2016/2014 – Berlinale, Germany.

2016 - MAAT Museu de Arte Arquitectura e Tecnologia, Portugal; CAC Vilnius, Lithuania; Tabakalera, Spain; Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement, Switzerland; New Directors New Films, USA; Iran International Film Festival, Iran; Museo Universidad de Navarra, Spain; Scanorama, Lithuania; Ann Harbour, USA; Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland; Pancevo Film Festival, Servia; Festival de Cine de Lima, Peru; Mostra de São Paulo, Brazil; Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria; 2016/2015- Bozar, Belgium; 2016/2014- Jewish Museum, USA; 2016/2014/2013/2010 - Mostra de Cinema de Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

2015- Festival Nouveau Cinema, Canada; Serralves Museum, Portugal; CAC Geneva, Switzerland; Vision du Reel, Switzerland; Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, UK; DocsKingdom International Film Seminar, Portugal; Media City Film Festival, USA; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico; Punto de Vista Film Festival, Spain.

2014- BAFICI, Argentina; Museo Reina Sophia, Spain; Arsenal Institut fur Film und videokunst e.V, Germany; MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain

2013- Open City Docs Fest, UK; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; MoMA Documentary Fortnight, USA; Harvard Film Archive, USA; Pacific Film Archive, USA; Munchen Underdox, Germany; Olhar de Cinema Festival de Curitiba, Brazil; Documenta Madrid, Spain; 2013/2012 - Rencontres Internationales du Nouveau Cinema et Art Contemporain Paris/Berlin, France; 2013/2012 - Mar de Plata, Argentina; 2013/ 2011 - Galeria Zé dos Bois, Portugal.

2011- De Apple, The Netherlands; Utrecht Central Museum, The Netherlands; Experimenta Design, Portugal.

2010 - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, The Netherlands; Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands.


2023- Cité internationale des arts (finalist), France; Civitela Ranieri, Italy; MacDowell, USA; 2022- Museum of Contemporary Art Lagos, Nigeria; MacDowell, USA; Sirius Arts Centre, Ireland; 2021- Villa Medici (finalist), France; Futurama - Ecossistema Transfronteiriço, Cultural e Artístico do Baixo Alentejo, Portugal; 2020- Camargo Foundation, France; Bogliasco Foundation, Italy; 2019- Incognitum, Chile; Brown Foundation/Dora Maar House, France; Yaddo, USA; 2018- MacDowell, USA; BoCA/Bienal de Arte Contemporânea, Portugal; 2017- Universidade Católica do Porto, Portugal; Faliro/Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop, Greece; Marble House Residency, USA; 2016- Marra.tein, Lebanon;  Ashkal Alwan, Lebanon; 2014 - Bogliasco Foundation, Italy; Yaddo, USA; Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy; DocStation Berlinale Talents, Germany; Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Germany; 2013- MacDowell, USA; New Horizons Studio, Poland; Berlinale Talents, Germany; 2011- International Documentary Residency, Azores, Portugal; Galeria Zé dos Bois, Portugal; Cripta, Italy; 2010- Workshop home and abroad Triangle art trust, XEREM, Portugal; Kunsthuis SYB, The Netherlands.


Mousse Publishing, O Som e a Furia, Primeira Idade, Stenar Projects, Foi Bonita a Festa, Les Films du Bal, Shellac Sud, Cima Films, Mengamuk Films, JB Multimedia Productions, Terratreme, CRIM, Galeria Miguel Nabinho, Screen, Kubik Gallery, Dupla Cena, Mill Makers in Little Lisbon, McFLy Sound Production and Films, Reccord Industry, Maiadouro, Fine Print, Curtas-Metragens CRL, Bikini, Estraperlo Editora, Agencia Portuguesa da Curta Metragem, Ilhas Studio, Multa Studio, Sistema Solar, Alexandra Moura, Walla, Ingreme, CEMES - Ernesto de Sousa Intermedia Research Association, ICA Institute for Contemporary Art, Zero em Comportamento, MeelPress, Kinoscope, Tambo Films, Collectif Jeune Cinema, Lidjia Kolovrat, Fernando Brizio Studio, Maria Torrada Studio, Baclava Noir, Márcia Novais Studio, Colectivo 84, Sara Bozzini Studio, Francisco Moreira Studio, Desisto, among others.

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