Márcio Carvalho is an artist whose projects are primarily focused on collective technologies and practices of remembering, and how they influence individual and group memory of past events.

Carvalho's interest in memory and remembrance was triggered by the complexity of his family story - a multiracial family made of Angolans and Portugueses. Carvalho shares the ancestors of two distinct world geographies with distinct epistemological and belief systems, and its based on them that he complicates the notions of autobiographical and collective remembrance. Love, shamanism, colonialism and exile stories of his family are some of the elements he departs from to understand what constitutes today's societies economy of remembrance, and how to create another memorial culture that uses alternative stories and forms of remembrance to fight against injustices and forms of violence that result from authoritarian forms of power, inequality and racism.

His work examines public life and archives, autobiographical memory and collective memory, with a focus on acts of remembering and their biological, cultural and social influences. He uses performance art as a process-based practice and a tool to examine representational memories that are embedded in different urban and private settings, specially the ones that still commemorate colonialism and Imperialism at a cost of indigenous peoples exploitation and oppression. In an attempt to interrupt the ways offitial narratives create an idea and experience of the past, and with the objective of finding stories that can counterpoint the hegemony of history with a capital H,  Carvalho collaborated with distinct peoples, communities and groups worldwide, where he uses art an collaboration to find "memory", to bring to surface non western perspectives and technologies of knowledge and to complicate what constitutes today's notions of collective remembrance.

 

Carvalho holds a Master degree in performing arts from HZT/ UDK Berlin and a Master degree in Visual Arts from ESAD, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. He showcase his work and collaborated with communities in 5 continents. 

Education

2011 - 2013

Master Degree – SODA Performing Arts UDK/HZT, Berlin, Germany

2004 - 2006

Master Degree – Visual Arts University of art and design (ESAD) Caldas da Rainha, Portugal

2001 - 2003

Bachelor Degree - Visual Arts University of art and design (ESAD) Caldas da Rainha, Portugal

Grants/Residencies

Recherchestipendien Bildende Kunst (2019)

Goethe Institute Coproduction Fund (2018)

Recherchestipendien Bildende Kunst  (2017)

Goethe Institute, Yaoundé, Cameroon (2016)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal (2016)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal (2014)

BBK Berlin Studio Grants, Germany (2014)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal (2013)

RAVY Biennial, Yaoundé, Cameroon (2012)

HAU - Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany (2012)

Buda Kunstcentrum, Kortrijk, Belgium (2010)

Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland (2010)

Mousonturm, Frankfurt Main, Germany (2010)

Published Texts

Text / Not all memory metaphors are archival, Liveart.DK, Copenhagen, 2021

Text / The troubled How's and Why's of memory, Inter Art Actuel, Montreal, Canada, 2020

Text / Whose Stories are Cast in Bronze?  / FREEZE! Challenge the Hierarchy: Research, Artist, User!, SIMBAS, 2019 

Text (Prolog) / Navigating The Un-navigated, John Court Life and work, 2017 

Text / Mirrors of Wood, Performance Art Bergen publication, Bergen, Norway, 2016  

Text / Memory with Capital H, Cacao Europa, 2015  

Chef-editor / CO-LAB Editions Performance Program, Berlin, print Edition, 2014  

Text / Where is Performance Art?, CO-LAB Editions Performance Program, Berlin, 2014

Exhibitions/Performances (Selection)

2021

2020

Art in residence project, Zeitraumexit, Mannheim, Germany

Contested Desires, ongoing project with residencies, exhibitions, seminars, performances, Portugal, Cyprus, UK, Barbados, Spain and Italy

 

Project for a new memorial to the Gastarbeiter, Zeitraumexit, Mannheim, Germany

National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

Contested Desires, ongoing project with residencies, exhibitions, seminars, performances, Portugal, Cyprus, UK, Barbados, Spain and Italy

Hacking Monuments, Triennale Museum of Milan, Milan, Italy

Involuntary Monuments, collective exhibition, Contemporão, São Paulo, Brazil

Opean – European Concert & Performance Festival, Einstein Kultur, Munique, Germany

Palimpsests, collective exhibition, Penafiel Museum of Art, Portugal

 

Face to Face – Psychological Games Festival, Gwangju, South Korea

Open Arts Space Performance Festival, Merge Gallery, Busan, South Korea

Collective Exhibition, Hypermnesia, Underground Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

BlurBorders festival, KhonKhan University Gallery of Fine Art, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Lecture, Chronicles and Epopeias – The Side Dish Menu, KhonKhan University Aula, Thailand

Community Art festival, Urak Lavoy village, Koh Lanta, Thailand

2018

History Will Be Kind To Me, For I Intend To Perform It, New Performance Turku Festival, Turku

(Finland), Performance Art Bergen, Bergen (Norway), PALS, Stockolm (Sweden)

Collective Exhibition, Geographies of Imagination, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

KONTEKSTY nternational Sokolovsko Festival of Ephemeral Art, Sokolovsko, Poland

Demythologize That History and Put It To Rest, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (Germany),

Hangar,Lisbon (Portugal)

Collective Exhibition, On Notions of Hostipitality, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

2017

Solo show, Bitter Pats. Bitter Kola, MUTE Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

BLIND SPOT PROJECT15th, HZT (Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz) Berlin, Germany

Muscle Memory, collective exhibition, kuntlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Present Performance Festival, Gdansk Gallery, Gdansk, Poland

FESTIVAL SUPERCOPY (Residency, Exhibition, performance) Zeitraumexit, Mannheim

SODA 10 years Festival, Uffer Studios, Berlin, Germany

BLIND SPOT - Performance presentation, Meteor Festival, Bergen Kunst Hall, Bergen, Norway

2016

RAVY Biennial, YaoundŽ, Cameroon

Exhibition and Seminar – A Meeting in Turku in 2016, Aboa Avetus & Ars Nova Museum, Turku

Borderline Festival, Tehdas Theater, Turku, Finland

Blind Spot project, Berlin, Tokyo, Bucharest, Bergen, Fredrikstad

MOPE Festival, Vaasa, Finland

New Performance Turku Festival, Turku, Finland

2015

Thessaloniki Biennial, Thessaloniki, Greece

Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba, Brasil

Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria

Verbo Festival, Vermelho Gallery, São Paulo, Brasil

Solo Show, If Mz Grandmother Was a Historian, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin

New Performance Turku Festival, Turku, Finland

Peninsula Project, Embassy of Italy, Berlin

Floating Platforms – Art and Science project, Aboagora Symposium/New performance Turku Festival, Turku, Finland

2014

Solo Show and performance, Gemäldegalerie, part of Giving Contours to Shadows project by NBK and Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Giving Contours to Shadows, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, Germany

Accumulation project, Boston University’s 808 Gallery, Boston, US

Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Congress, CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, Germany

The Bodies We Tell - Collective exhibition, National Gallery for Contemporary Art Yaoundé, Cameroon

Bergen International Performance Festival, Bergen, Norway

Live Action Goteborg Festival, Goteborg, Sweden

Live Art for Born Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013

Miami Performance International Festival, Miami Beach, Florida

Uprooted/Fake Nations Festival, Helsinki, Finland

LIVE Bienale of Performance Art, Vancouver, Canada

Intermedia Festival, Gdansk, Poland

Artist in Residence, Palacio das Artes, Porto, Portugal

Rapid Pulse Festival, Chicago, US

Point in Time Collective Exhibition, Aqua Carré Berlin

Collective exhibition, Time to Pretend, Harare, Zimbabwe

2012

7a11d, festival of performance art, Toronto, Canada

The Pornography of Everyday Life, 7th Berlin Biennial, Berlin

X-Choreographers, Tanz im August, Berlin

RAVY Biennial, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Blauverschiebung 5, Kub Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

Paersche, performance art event, Cologne/Bonn, Germany

Extension Extra, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin

Go West Festival, Frankfurt, Germany

2011

Nomadic Settlers, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Infraction Festival, Sete, France

Kontrapunkt Festival, Szczecin, Poland

24h Festival, Szczecin, Poland

Infraction festival, Venice, Italy

Colab Editions 3, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin

Blauverschiebung 4, Kub Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

Oh My god, Gallery 5 people, Berlin

Performer Stammtisch, Berlin

From me to you Festival, Berlin

Verão Azul Festival, CCL, Lagos, Portugal

2010

Project Brand New, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Home Sweet Home Festival, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin

ExtensionSeries 5, Grimmuseum, Berlin

Appointment, Performance project with the collaboration of Yingmei Duan, Hotel25, Berlin

M5-Differential Festival, Galerie Nord, Berlin

Plot in Situ Festival, Acud Theater, Berlin

Men Only, Kunst Fabrik, Berlin

'The Powers of Art', AlexTV, Berlin

2019

Curating

2019

Solo show, If My Grandmother Was A Historian, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

Floating Platforms, Art and Science project, Turku, Finland

Thessaloniki Biennial, Thessaloniki, Greece

Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba, Brazil

Verbo Festival, Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria

New Performance Turku Festival, Turku, Finland

Peninsula Project, Embassy of Italy, Berlin, Germany

2018

Solo show, If My Grandmother Was A Historian, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

Floating Platforms, Art and Science project, Turku, Finland

Thessaloniki Biennial, Thessaloniki, Greece

Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba, Brazil

Verbo Festival, Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria

New Performance Turku Festival, Turku, Finland

Peninsula Project, Embassy of Italy, Berlin, Germany

2017

Solo show, If My Grandmother Was A Historian, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

Floating Platforms, Art and Science project, Turku, Finland

Thessaloniki Biennial, Thessaloniki, Greece

Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba, Brazil

Verbo Festival, Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria

New Performance Turku Festival, Turku, Finland

Peninsula Project, Embassy of Italy, Berlin, Germany

2016

While moving forward on time, Film Documentary, www.whilemovingforwardontime.blogspot.de

2014

Colab Editions – The Publication, Retrospective and Book Launch – supported by FRAME Finland, OCA Norway, Embassy of Norway Berlin and Pro Helvetia Switzerland, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin

IPAC – International Performance Art Convention, Glogauair artist-in-residence program, Berlin

2012

Colab Editions 7, 8, 9 and 10:

Mind Pirates Gallery, Berlin | Invited artists: Olivier Foukua (Cameroon), Mark Patrick Tchambou (Cameroon), Nathalie Bikoro (Gabon), Willem Wilhelmus (Netherlands)

Freies Museum, Berlin | Invited artists: Leena Kela (Finland), Tomasz Szrama (Poland), Juha Valkeapää (Finland), Kimmo Modig (Finland)

SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin | Invited artists: Jacques Van Poppel (Netherlands), Ieke Trinks (Netherlands), Jelili Atiku (Nigeria) and Lan Hungh (Taiwan)

TV Show, The Powers of Art 3 and 4, ALEX TV, Berlin

2011

CO-LAB Editions 1-6:

SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin | Invited artists: Alastair Maclennan (Scotland), Nezaket Ekici (Turkey), Kurt Johannessen (Norway), Ruth Feukoua(Cameroon), Serge Olivier Fokoua (Cameroon), Antoni Karwowski (Poland), Andrés Galeano (Spain), Essi Kausalainen (Finland), Magnus Logi Kristinsson (Iceland), Márcio Carvalho (Portugal), Maurice Blok (Netherlands), Stefan Riebel (Deutschland)

2010

Founded the artist residence Hotel25 in Berlin

Plot in Situ, Live art festival, ACUD Theater, Berlin

Exhibition Curator from Hotel25, artist in residence program, Berlin

TV show 'The powers of art' edition 1, Press Conference, Hotel25, Berlin

TV show, 'The Powers of Art' edition 2, AlexTV Studios, Berlin

'One more land be twin' Exhibition by Luis Simões and Rita Manuel, Theaterhaus Mitte, Berlin