HELENA INVERNO and VERÓNICA CASTRO – Elephant in the Room

Cine-Teatro Louletano / Sun 25 September - 15h30
LAR Gallery / Thu 3 November - 21h30
Documentary, Portugal (2016), Duration 75 min.
© Gonçalo Tocha

© Arthur Péquin

Lisbon and Helsinki citizens reveal the power of art for the social and self-transformation. In 2011 the Portuguese Ministry of Culture was dismantled for the second time, and this event coincided with the national premier of ATLAS, a performance by Ana Borralho & João Galante inspired by artist Joseph Beuys‘ philosophy, which asserts We are the revolution and Everybody is an artist.

This performance, blending the personal, political, professional and artistic, invited 100 people with different professions to perform a choreography of resistance. The performance launched ATLAS to international stages, where inevitably each country’s participants add their cultural nuances to this social sculpture.

A film by: Helena Inverno e Verónica Castro
Based on the performance ATLAS by: Ana Borralho & João Galante
With: 100 habitantes de Lisboa e 100 habitantes de Helsínquia
Extra Participation: Ministro da Cultura da Finlândia, Paavo Arhinmaki
Children Voices: Pedro e Marta Guerreiro dos Santos
Music: Coolgate
Interviews and Sound: Verónica Castro
Image and Editing: Helena Inverno
Sound Design: Tiago Matos
Assistant Director: Pia Parjanen-Aaltonen
Translations: Ana Sophie Salazar e Eeva Tuuhea

Production Manager: Mónica Samões
Executive Production: Andrea Sozzi
Casting Coordination in Atlas LX: Narcisa Costa
Casting Coordination in Atlas Helsinki: Jenni Sannio
Production: casaBranca
Co-Production Atlas LX: Maria Matos Teatro Municipal
Co-Production Atlas Helsinki: Zodiak – Center for New Dance
Supported by: Entre Imagem, CMLagos, Alkantara, Junta de Freguesia da Estrela
Funded by: Ministério da Cultura – DGArtes
Thanks to: Mark Deputter e Harri Kuorelahti

Helena Inverno and Verónica Castro are awarded filmmakers and video artists whose work has been broadcasted and exhibited internationally in film festivals, galleries, and museums. Their work explores the tensions and relationships between art and anthropology.

Inverno studied Film and Video at Central Saint Martin College’s University of Arts London and Sciences of Communication at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Castro is a PhD candidate in Anthropology, Media and Performance at the University of Manchester.