irineu destourelles
 
 
 
 
 
Working across and in the interstices between moving-image, text, painting and drawing Irineu Destourelles reflects on issues of identity, the construction of meaning, historical recurrence and iconoclasticism. He was born in the Cape Verde islands in West Africa, grew-up in Lisbon, Portugal and lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Delightful - Two Superstratums and a Substratum, 2017
digital print, dimensions variable
 
 
 
 
 
 
Férias em Familia em Léopoldville e Quinxassa (Family Holidays in Leopoldville and Kinshasa), 2017
digital HD file from found footage and found sound: 16:9, sound, color, 7 minutes and 31 seconds
https://vimeo.com/237131352
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nia (Subject with Straight Long Hair) and Profitable Practices, 2017
digital HD file from DVCPRO HD and found sound: 16:9, sound, color, 7 minutes and 48 seconds
https://vimeo.com/212415413
 
 
 
 
 
 
Glossary of Political Words - Almost One-hundred Definitions, 2017
digital HD file from original text: 16:9, silent, color, 35 minutes and 39 seconds
https://vimeo.com/221405982
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr Butterwick Remembers Mrs Thatcher (Seven Answers Running In Simultaneous), 2017
digital HD file from original text: 16:9, silent, color, 3 minutes and 42 seconds
https://vimeo.com/237889518
 
 
 
 
 
 
Consulate General (Drawings for a Narrative Concerning an Incredulous Foreigner), 2016-2017
one of over one-hundred drawings
ink on paper, 14 x 18 cm
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unrelativising - Someone Adamant that their Sister is not their Sister and Over-and-Underexposed Handheld Images of Familiar Places, 2016
digital HD file from DVCPRO HD and found sound: 16:9, sound, color, 4 minutes 2 seconds
https://vimeo.com/194021356
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blurred Images of Two People Constrained by Time Fluctuating Between Acceptance and Rejection, 2016
digital HD file from DVCPRO HD and found sound: 16:9, sound, color, 10 minutes and 9 seconds
https://vimeo.com/186177241
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parsing – First and Second Half of an Essay, with Blank Spaces and Mistakes, Running in Simultaneous, 2016 (2014)
digital HD file from edited original text: 16:9, silent, b&w, 13 minutes and 22 seconds
https://vimeo.com/125368000
 
 
 
 
 
 
Making Aliens – Hollywood Film-scene with Blackface Characters and Dialogue Extract from Aliens (with Dreadlocks), 2015
digital HD file from found footage and narration of found text: 16:9, sound, b&w, 11 minutes and 55 seconds
https://vimeo.com/188423283

 
 
 
 
 
Twenty-five Profiles – Extracts from Interracial Adult Marketing Material with Explicit Words Taken Out, 2015
digital HD file from edited found text: 16:9, silent, b&w, 11 minutes and 55 seconds
https://vimeo.com/125348605
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Words for Mindelo's Urban Creole - Neologisms, Made from Greek Mythology Words and Names of Portuguese Colonial Administrators, 2014
digital HD file from original text: 16:9, sound, b&w, 10 minutes and 26 seconds
https://vimeo.com/125346710
 
 
 
 
 
 
Review - Text-to-Speech Conversion of a Text On the Dak'Art 2010 African Contemporary Art Biennial's Exhibition at the IFAN Museum of African Arts in Dakar and Single Shot Taken from an Hotel Balcony in a West African Capital with Background, 2014
digital file from MiniDv tape, narration of original text, and digital still image: 16:9, sound, color, 13 minutes and 13 seconds
https://vimeo.com/170237475
 
 
 
 
 
 
Colonial Road and a Postmodern Architect's Chair, 2014
two synchronised videos, digital files from MiniDV and found footage: 4:3, sound, color and b&w, 2 minutes 55 seconds
https://vimeo.com/189206466
 
 
 
 
 
 
Metathesiophobia – Splitting a Substance and Aleatory Cut-up of an Appropriated Audio Recording of a Text by Descartes, 2011
digital HD file from DVCPRO HD and found sound: 16:9, sound, b&w, 100 minutes and 54 seconds
https://vimeo.com/51804614
 
 
 
 
 
 
Where I Come From – Beginning and End of a Community Party Running in Simultaneous, 2011
two synchronised videos, digital files from MiniDV: 4:3, silent, color, 35 minutes and 50 seconds
https://vimeo.com/191310412
 
 
 
 
 
 
Front and Back Views of an Historical Building on Different Days, 2009
two synchronised videos, digital files from MiniDV: 4:3, sound, color, 10 minutes and 22 seconds
 
 
 
 
 
information/cv
 
- education
MA Fine-Arts Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, England
BA Fine-Arts Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
 
- solo exhibitions
2017 Unturning, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland
2017 Tainted Verbal, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2014 Autoestrangeirismo, Atelier Concorde, Lisbon, Portugal
2011 Thinking According to Rectangular Images, Portuguese Institute - Mindelo, Mindelo, Cape Verde [irdc]
 
- group exhibitions
2017 A Glimmer of Freedom [apexart Unsolicited Exhibition Program] Tarrafal Concentration Camp, Santiago, Cape Verde
2016 Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
2015 Ilha de São Jorge, “Telling Time”, Rencontres de Bamako Biennale (10th edition), Mémorial Modibo Keïta, Bamako, Mali
2015 Ilha de São Jorge, Hangar Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal
2015 Customer Experience, Special Projects, VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia
2015 Sex Macht Gut/ Sex Does Good, Sprechsall, Berlin, Germany
2014 Ilha de São Jorge, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore island, Venice, Italy
2013 Southern Panoramas, Videobrasil 18, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil [irdc]
2013 Escena Caboverdiana, Casa Africa, Las Palmas, Spain [irdc]
2010 Variavel Diferencial, Torre do Mindelo/Centro Cultural do Mindelo, Mindelo, Cape Verde [irdc]
2009 Processo, Centro Cultural do Mindelo, Mindelo, Cape Verde [irdc]
 
- group screenings/festivals
2017 AfroScots, Galerie de l'Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
2015 Ilha de Sao Jorge, ICA London, England
2015 Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
2015 Ilha de Sao Jorge, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy
2014 Arquitecturas Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
 
- grants/ awards
2017 The Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh, Scotland
 
- residencies
2015 Hangar Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal
 
- artist talks/ panel discussions
2017 Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (with Tiffany Boyle)
2015 Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (with Stefano Rabolli Pansera)
2015 Hangar Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal (with Ana Balona de Oliveira and Manuela Ribeiro Sanches)
2013 Casa Africa, Las Palmas, Spain (with Orlando Britto Jinorio, Tchale Figueira, and Leao Lopes)
2011 Mindelo, Do We Have Culture? Public Meetings, Various Venues, Mindelo, Cape Verde (co-chair with Rita Lobo)
 
- published essays
2014 Carlos Schofied (1944-2012) Notes from the Year Before Last [Port /Eng] in 'Ilha de Sao Jorge', Beyond Entrophy, London 2014, pp43-54 [irdc]
2010 Perímetro < Diâmetro: Geometrização, Creolização, Corpos, e Aglutinaçoes [Port/ Spa/ Fren] in 'Horizontes Insulares', Gobierno de Canarias, Las Palmas, pp200-217 [ir]
 
- teaching experience
2009-2012 Lecturer in History of Art and Design at the M_EIA Institute, Mindelo Cape Verde
 
- contact
mail@irineudestourelles.com