Video – HDV – color – 5 MIN 16SEC– Colombia / Spain – 2014

Ivan Argote

This video, set in Barcelona, shows the artist performing an iconoclastic action. At night, using a lighter and a bottle of absinth, Argote sets fire to a statue of a bishop preaching to a native man. The statue is at the base of the pedestal of the monument to Christopher Columbus, located at the end of the Rambla, close to the harbour. By setting this symbol on fire, the artist shows his disapproval of the European vision of colonisation, in which the coloniser is a hero.



Video – HDV – colour – 14:14 MIN – Spain, Iceland/ Germany – 2014

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson & Libia Castro

Illusion Woman – a young leftist feminist heroine or anti-heroine for the 21st century with, from, and for the multitude – makes her first appearance, applying a dazzle mask as she speaks. Written by Nina Power, British philosopher, activist and feminist, with Libia and Ólafur, Illusion Woman’s speech is a plea and manifesto, reflecting on the socio-economic and political situation in Europe and beyond since the financial crash of 2008 and forecasting two possible futures.



Video – HDV – colo – 5’ – Greece – 2015

Marion Inglessi

‘Western’ glasses (‘unbreakable’ Duralex glasses) are filmed in slow motion as they fall to the ground, bounce, alternate positions, and merge with the more fragile Arabic tea-glasses, in a silent and ultimately shared dance of death. Letters hit the falling glassware with the rhythmic intensity of gunshots, spelling the word ‘catastrophe’ in English, Greek (??????????), and Arabic (nakba). “Catastrophe” is a reflection on the current events in the world and the decreasing value of human life.

Next Performances

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  • O Barco / The Boat

    29 September 2022 — 19 October 2022
    Somerset House, London


    Grada Kilomba's first large-scale installation travels to London, at Somerset House. Consisting of 140 burnt wood blocks, it invites the audience to enter a garden of memory, in which poems rest on burnt wood blocks, recalling forgotten stories and identities. What stories are told? Where are they counted? How are they counted? And told by whom? These are questions that arise when entering this installation.

  • Workshop “Phenomena of society and critical and artistic distance”

    30 September 2022 — 02 October 2022
    MAAT - Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia


    She shocked the world in the 1990s when he performed “The Reincarnation of Santa ORLAN”, a series of nine plastic surgeries that were broadcast via satellite to several museums and art galleries in Europe. ORLAN is one of the most important French artists, author of the manifesto “Carnal Art”. She runs a three-day workshop for the first time in Portugal.

  • Coin Operated

    07 October 2022 — 08 October 2022
    Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris


    "Coin Operated" came from an invitation by BoCA to Jonas & Lander, to create a museum piece. The scenic device features two coin-operated motor horses, with both performers seated on it. For something to happen, the audience has to insert a coin into the horses. The performance addresses the economic and power relationship, the conquest of territory, slavery, the mounting of the more powerful social classes to the less fortunate.

  • Cattivo

    08 December 2022 — 21 December 2022
    La Villette - Grand Halle, Paris


    Installation commissioned by BoCA in 2019, CATTIVO is a large-scale installation made up of hundreds of music stands designed by Cape Verdean choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas. Through the use of a sensorial type of stage mechanism, these objects, usually at the service of the musician and the score, become subjects with their own feelings and desires. CATTIVO explores the borders of the animal, plant and imaginary worlds.

  • Trouble

    15 December 2022 — 18 December 2022
    La Villette, Paris


    Film director Gus Van Sant ventures into his first stage creation with a Portuguese team, a musical theater show inspired by Andy Warhol and his overwhelming talent to elevate images to an icon, while scaling as a persona and artist to world celebrity status. A BoCA production touring now to La Villette, in Paris.