On 27 April at 6pm at Quadrum Gallery, the Galerias Municipais will inaugurate the exhibition Faro-Oeste by artist/photographer Pauliana Valente Pimentel (artist in residence at the Coruchéus studio complex), which was initially shown in 2021 and 2022 at the Faro Municipal Museum and the Lagos Cultural Centre and was produced by invitation as part of the 10th edition of the Blue Summer Festival.
In 2019, Pauliana Valente Pimentel began portraying families from the Roma community in the Algarve, particularly in the Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António areas: “My intention with this project was to portray these communities, extending the territory to the Faro, Loulé and Boliqueime areas, namely the camps at Cerro do Bruxo, Horta da Areia, Alto do Relógio and Monte João Preto. This work intends to show the daily life of these families, emphasising their traditions with the intention of combating the prejudices and racist and xenophobic stereotypes to which they are constantly subjected.”
Pauliana Valente Pimentel now presents another version of this series, including a significant selection of photographs printed on fabric installed throughout the Quadrum gallery.
Pauliana Valente Pimentel (1975, Lisbon). As a visual artist, she has done exhibitions since 1999. In 2005 she participated in the photography course of the Gulbenkian Creativity and Artistic Creation Programme. She belonged to the collective [Kameraphoto] from 2006 until its extinction in 2014. She is a photography teacher. In 2009 her first solo book VOL I was published by Pierre von Kleist, with Caucase, Souvenirs de Voyage published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2011, in 2018 “Quel Pedra” (Camera Infinita), and in 2019 “Narcisismo das Pequenas Diferenças” (Arquivo Municipal da Câmara de Lisboa). She is also a film director. In 2015 she received the Visual Arts Award for the best photographic work of the year, The Passenger, by the Portuguese Society of Authors. In 2016 she was nominated for the NOVO BANCO Photo 2016 Award. For 5 years, she was represented at the 3+1 Arte Contemporânea Gallery and for 7 years at the Salgadeiras Gallery, in Lisbon. She currently belongs to Galeria Cisterna in Lisbon and collaborates with international galleries. Part of his work belongs to private and institutional collectors.