embodiments of dissent (on proto-surveillance, the gesture and vitality)
4 November 2023 - 25 November 2023
Artist Paula Albuquerque presents her latest exhibition, ‘Embodiments of Dissent (on proto-surveillance, the gesture, and vitality)’ at Bradwolff Projects. Through her thought-provoking works, she challenges visitors to critically reflect on important aspects of our contemporary society, exploring the complex relationship between film archives, colonialism, and surveillance. Albuquerque sheds light on how images of racially marked and domesticated bodies exert power and control, as well as examining the portrayal of the exhausted working woman’s body in silent film, uncovering traditional gender dynamics.
The exhibition aims to inspire reflection and dialogue, contributing to a deeper understanding of these intricate themes. Albuquerque goes beyond mere historical disclosure, creating a space where visitors are confronted with uncomfortable histories and encouraged to consider the implications of these representations in our present-day society. Through her work in the exhibition, she also aims to provide a platform for critical reflection and dialogue, allowing viewers to reevaluate the use of the film medium.
Paula Albuquerque is an experimental filmmaker and researcher. She studied at the Sandberg Institute (Visual Arts) and holds a PhD in Artistic Research from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam). Her work has been showcased at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, and the Today Art Museum in Beijing. She also regularly presents her work at conferences, including NECS and NWO Smart Cultures. Her film “Like The Glitch Of A Ghost” received international recognition at Doclisboa in October 2023.