© Pauliana Valente Pimentel


SCHOOL VISITS / The Artist Goes to School
1 JUN 17h00 Centro Cultural de Lagos – Sala de Exposições 1

OPENING / Guided Tour & Talk
4 JUN 17h00 Centro Cultural de Lagos - Sala de Exposições 1
Open until 2 JUL / Free admission

In this work the photographer wants to show the daily life of families living in the Cerro do Bruxo, Horta da Areia (Faro), Alto do Relógio and Monte João Preto (Loulé) camps, to tackle the prejudice and stereotyping that these communities often face.

In 2020 Pauliana Valente Pimentel was part of the Verão Azul Artist Residencies programme. For 10 days the artist lived directly with the gypsy communities of Loulé and Faro, creating a bond of trust with the people and getting a truly intimate portrait of their way of life.

The exhibition first opened in November 2021, in the Festival’s 10th Edition, and was presented at the Museu Municipal de Faro – Sala das Antigas Carpintarias up until January 2022.
FARO-OESTE will now be hosted by Centro Cultural de Lagos until July 4th, in a regional tour supported by Verão Azul.

The opening with host a guided tour, after which there will be a talk with the photographer, moderated by Ana Isabel Soares (Lecturer at Universidade do Algarve).


© Mónica Samões

THE ARTIST GOES TO SCHOOL brings together the VERÃO AZUL programme and the GYMNASIUM – O PENSAMENTO TRANSFORMOU O INFINITO EM SERPENTE project, whose goal is to bring the school public closer to the art world.
In FARO-OESTE, the School is invited to visit the exhibition, giving middle-school students the opportunity to comprehend the different stages that make up an exhibition project – as well as Pauliana Valente Pimentel’s purposes, methods and work fields.

Faro-Oeste is a project commissioned by Festival Verão Azul

Production: casaBranca
Curatorship: Ana Borralho, João Galante e Catarina Saraiva
Exhibition by: Pauliana Valente Pimentel
Exhibition’s Assemble: Ângelo Gonçalves
Financing and hosting: Câmara Municipal de Lagos / Centro Cultural de Lagos
Co-production: Teatro das Figuras, Cine-Teatro Louletano / Câmara Municipal de Loulé

Acknowledgements: My sincere thank you to the whole Verão Azul team, especially Joana Duarte, my tireless field assistant, without whose help this work would have been far more difficult. Thanks also to Gil Silva (Teatro das Figuras) and Paulo Pires (Cine-Teatro Louletano / Loulé City Council) for putting me in contact with the professionals who work daily to support the people who live in these camps.
Thanks to the Municipal Museum of Faro and its Director, Marco Lopes, for hosting this exhibition.
A big thank you to the Lusco-Fusco project (ECOS -Cooperativa de Educação, Cooperação e Desenvolvimento, CRL), to the António Silva Leal Foundation (Projecto Centro Comunitário Horta da Areia) and to the António Aleixo Foundation (Projecto Caminhos), and in particular to its coordinators and instructors: Aurora Coelho, Cláudio Garcia, David Fernandes, Catarina Novaes and Marilita Santos.
Finally, to the camps’ Elders, who trusted me and gave me permission to photograph.

Pauliana Valente Pimentel (1975), Lisbon. As a visual artist, she has been in collective and solo exhibitions since 1999. In 2005 she took part in the photography course of the Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation Program. She was a member of the [Kameraphoto] collective from 2006 until 2014. She is a teacher of Author Photography. Her first book, VOL I was published in 2009, by Pierre Von Kleist, CAUCASE, SOUVENIRS DE VOYAGE in 2011 by Gulbenkian Foundation, QUEL PEDRA by Camera Infinita in 2018 and NARCISISMO DAS PEQUENAS DIFERENÇAS by Lisbon City Hall in 2019. She also produced several films. In 2015 she won the prize for the best photographic work of the year by the Portuguese Author Society and in 2016 she was a nominee for the Novo Banco prize. She was represented for five years by Galeria 3+1 Arte Contemporânea and seven years by Galeria das Salgadeiras in Lisbon. She currently collaborates with several galleries in Europe and works in both private and institutional collections.