Argentinian Gabriel Chaile’s artistic practice is based on a long-standing investigation of impoverished communities, rituals and habits from his home in Argentina. Raised in the northern Argentine city of San Miguel de Tucumán, with Spanish, Afro-Arab and indigenous Candelaria heritage, Chaile creates spaces where historical precedents, indigenous epistemologies and prescient craft conventions mingle with contemporary life.

Much of his recent production includes sculptural objects such as clay pots and ovens, which often take on anthropomorphic traits. In this way, the artist seeks to invoke the memory of people and landmarks of civil resistance from the community rituals and celebrations around food – in its ancestral wisdom and know-how, in its healing dimension and, finally, in its multi-function of nourishing the body, soul and spirits.

At the invitation of BoCA, Gabriel Chaile is creating a new installation for MAAT’s Coal Square – a tribute to Alcindo Monteiro, a young Portuguese man born in Cape Verde who was brutally murdered in 1995 in a crime that exposed, and continues to expose, the structural racism that finds space and legitimation in the country. Around Alcindo’s oven-portrait, a series of collective activations are planned, on four dates, around food, debates, music and film screenings. In a meticulous composition of this moment of encounter – of places, times and identities – filled with warmth and belonging, Chaile places his sculpture “Auto- Retrato” (Self-Portrait) face to face with the “Alcindo Monteiro” kiln, in an effort to involve his own body in this exchange of glances and stories, with honesty and empathy. “What if the autobiographical is not more than the story of others passing through us?” asks Chaile.

Commission and production: BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts
Curator: John Romão
Partnership:
 MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
Support to the public program : Lisboa Criola

Next Performances

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  • O Barco / The Boat

    13 April 2024 — 14 April 2024
    Inhotim, Brumadinho (Brasil)

    GRADA KILOMBA

    From 13 April, Galeria Galpão of Inhotim Institute will host O Barco / The Boat by Grada Kilomba, a sculptural, performative and poetic work commissioned by BoCA 2021 and presented for the first time in Brazil.

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  • The Talking Car

    18 April 2024 — 19 April 2024
    deSingel

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures. 

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  • The Talking Car

    16 June 2024 — 18 June 2024
    Wiener festwochen

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures. 

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  • TERRA COBRE

    18 July 2024 — 19 July 2024
    Festival dos Canais

    JOÃO PAIS FILIPE & MARCO DA SILVA FERREIRA

    New performance by sound artist and sculpture João Pais Filipe and dancer/choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira, crossing the traditional practice of Alcáçovas' rattle art with contemporary artistic practices, anchored in percussion and dance.

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  • The Talking Car

    06 September 2024 — 07 September 2024
    Nowy Teatr

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

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  • TERRA COBRE

    14 September 2024
    Festival Escena Patrimonio

    JOÃO PAIS FILIPE & MARCO DA SILVA FERREIRA

    New performance by sound artist and sculpture João Pais Filipe and dancer/choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira, crossing the traditional practice of Alcáçovas' rattle art with contemporary artistic practices, anchored in percussion and dance.

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  • The Talking Car

    09 October 2024 — 10 October 2024
    HAU Berlin

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

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