Artist statement

    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, Lamas has been attempting to make these languages its 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.

    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, the works convey a multidisciplinary approach in the stages of development, production, exhibition, and distribution with outcomes ranging from publications, film, video and sound installation.

Bio note

    Salomé Lamas (Lisbon) studied cinema in Lisbon and Prague, visual arts in Amsterdam and is a Ph. D candidate in contemporary art studies in Coimbra.

    Her work has been screened both in art venues and film festivals such as Berlinale, Locarno, BAFICI, Museo Arte Reina Sofia, FIAC, MNAC – Museu do Chiado, DocLisboa, Cinema du Réel, Visions du Réel, MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Harvard Film Archive, Museum of Moving Images NY, Jewish Museum NY, Fid Marseille, Arsenal Institut fur film und videokunst, Viennale, Culturgest, CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, Hong Kong FF, 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 São Paulo, MAAT, La Biennale di Venezia Architettura, among others.

    Lamas was granted several fellowships such as the Gardner Film Study Center Fellowship – Harvard University, Film Study Center-Harvard Fellowship, The Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center, Brown Foundation – Dora Maar House, Fundación Botín, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Sundance, Bogliasco Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Camargo Foundation, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD.

    She collaborates with Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Ismai – Instituto Universitário da Maia and Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola. She collaborates with the production company O Som e a Fúria and is represented by Kubikgallery.


Selected works

OURO E CINZA/GOLD AND ACHES [in development], COLLAPSOLOGY: NOTES FROM ATOPIA [in development], PANTHERAS  [in development], LA VAGUE / THE WAVE [in development], GAIA [2021] (What if the Meteorites would Talk [2021] instalation, Gaia [2021] record-cum-publication, Gaia: What if the Meteorites would Talk [2021] film) HOTEL ROYAL [2021], O TEATRO E A PESTE/THEATER AND THE PLAGUE [2020] (co-directed with John Romão) EXTRACTION: THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA [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), DREAM WORLD [2018] (photography), HANGAR-TERMINAL-METRO [2018], EXTINÇÃO / EXTINCTION [2018], 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], HORIZON NOZIROH [2017] (video installation, co-directed with Gregorio Graziosi in collaboration with Christoph Both-Asmus), AUTO RETRATO / SELF PORTRAIT [2016-2018] (video installation, photogravure) …RIOTS AND RITUALS [2016], THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD [2016] (video installation), ELDORADO XXI [2016], THE TOWER [2015], MOUNT ANANEA (installation) [2015], NORTE/NORTH: TRIAL BY FIRE (video installation) [2015], LE BOUDIN [2014], THEATRUM ORBIS TERRARUM [2013], TERRA DE NINGUÉM / NO MAN’S LAND [2012], 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).