MUSEU MUNICIPAL DE FARO - ANTIGAS CARPINTARIAS Thu 4 NOV 18h30 - OPENING * Photography Exhibition 40% Photography / 25% Installation/ 20% Politic / 15% Emotion Until 19 DEC Tue to Fri 10h00 > 18h00 Sat and Sun: 10h30 > 17h00
In 2019 Pauliana Valente Pimentel started a project involving gypsy families in Algarve, especially in the Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António areas. What fascinated the artist about these families was the way they have kept their traditions for centuries, and their nomadic way of life.
Roma communities in Portugal continue to face discrimination and are forced to live on the margins of society, with poor housing conditions, low education levels and high unemployment rates, according to a report by the Council of Europe released in January 2020.
This project aims to counter the commonly held view of gipsy communities in Algarve, and includes the Faro, Loulé and Boliqueime camps – “Cerro do Bruxo”, “Horta da Areia”, “Alto do Relógio” and “Monte João Preto”.
This work aims to show the daily lives of these families, emphasizing their traditions and bring to light the prejudice, racist and xenophobic stereotypes that they constantly face.
1975, Lisbon. As a visual artist, she has been producing 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.