video extract from Several Ways of Falling Ordered Differently, 2019
Digital HD File, 16:9, 4 minutes and 8 seconds, b&w, silent.
Performance based video where I fall to the ground several times with every mosaic displaying the falls sequenced differently.
video extract from One Hundred and Two Houses on Fire, 2019
Digital HD file, 16:9, 9 minutes and 43 seconds, b&w, silent.
Displays a series of drawings of houses consumed by fire from the inside.
video extract from Ex-colonial Landscape with Different Filters, 2019
MiniDV transferred to digital HD file, 4:3, 4minutes and 30 seconds, colour, silent.
Single shot footage of a landscape from my native island of Santo Antão in Cape Verde overlayered with different filters runs in parallel with text. The text interweaves extracts from lyrics from 1980s and 1990s Portuguese well known pop songs with extracts from speeches made by the presidents of the two main opposing factions during the Angolan civil war (1975 to 2002 with interludes).
video extract from Glossary of Political Words - Almost One-hundred Definitions, 2017
Digital HD file, 16:9, 35 minutes and 39 seconds, colour, silent.
Alternative meanings, often sardonic and suggestive of social-darwinism, are attributed to words found in a glossary of political words.
video extract from White Balance Error and Nia (Subject with Straight Long Hair), 2017
Digital HD file, 16:9, 7 minutes and 48 seconds, colour, sound.
Referencing traditional western tropes of feminine beauty, a woman is closely followed with extreme close-ups that she systematically rejects.
video extract from Blurred Images of Two People Constrained by Time Fluctuating Between Acceptance and Rejection, 2016
Digital HD file, 16:9, 4 minutes and 2 seconds, silent, colour.
A couple siting in a public space go through a cyclical range of contradictory actions, moving back and forwards between affection and aggression.
video extract from Parsing – First and Second Half of an Essay, with Blank Spaces and Mistakes, Running in Simultaneous, 2016
Digital HD file, 16:9, 13 minutes and 22 seconds, b&w, silent.
Words that denote status, time and place have been removed from what would otherwise be an informative essay on James VI of Scotland/James I of England and (his son) King Charles I's attitudes to power.
video extract from Review, 2016
Digital file from MiniDv tape, 4:3, 13 minutes and 13 seconds, colour, sound.
An unedited essay written in Accra in English in relation to the Dak'Art 2010 African Contemporary Art Biennial's exhibition at the IFAN Museum of African Arts in Dakar is read by an open-source text-to-voice software application that makes errors every-time it reads African language based words.
video extract from New Words for Mindelo's Urban Creole, 2014
Digital HD file, 16:9, 10 minutes and 26 seconds, b&w, sound.
Displays neologisms, aimed at enriching the vocabulary of the substratum creole language in Cape Verde spoken in informal contexts. Based on my experience of living and working in my native Cape Verde the neologisms, made from agglutinating names of Portuguese colonial administrators and names of Greek mythology characters, propose parallels between colonial history and the social dynamics that has emerged in the country since the end of single-party Marxist regime and the beginning of democracy in 1990.
Section of a (Lucrative) Landscape, 2014
Oil on canvas, 11.8 x 11.8 in, 30 x 30cm.
video extract from Metathesiophobia, 2011
Digital HD file, 16:9, 100 minutes and 54 seconds, b&w, sound.
A cropped long single-shot of three characters sitting at a table whom with repetitive actions split and pack the white powdery content of plastic containers. The voiceover is an - at first - imperceptibly adulterated audiobook of Rene Descartes's 'Meditations on First Philosophy' (1641).

I was born in Santo Antão (Cape Verde) and grew up in Lisbon (Portugal). I am based in Edinburgh (UK).

2003 MA Fine-Arts Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK
1998 BA Fine-Arts Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Solo exhibitions
2020 A Batida Que Faz-te Sujo (The Beat That Makes You Dirty), CAPC - Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
2019 Subtitulizar/Subtitling, Project Space, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
2017 Tainted Verbal, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
2017 Unturning, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2014 Autoestrangeirismo, Atelier Concorde, Lisbon, Portugal
2011 Thinking According to Rectangular Images, Portuguese Institute - Mindelo, Mindelo, Cape Verde [irdc]


Group exhibitions
2020 History as Fiction, Fiction as History, Hangar Online [Hangar, Lisbon]
2019 Apa Kabar? (What's new?), Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2019 South-South: Between Land and Sea Film Programme, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2019 Another Country II, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2018 Another Country, Alice R. Rogers & Target Galleries, St John’s Art Centre, Minnesota, USA
2017 A Glimmer of Freedom (Unsolicited Exhibition Program, Apexart, New York), Tarrafal Concentration Camp, Santiago, Cape Verde
2016 Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
2015 Telling Time [Special Exhibition], Rencontres de Bamako Biennale (10th edition), Mémorial Modibo Keïta, Bamako, Mali
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]


Group screenings
2018 AfroScots: Glasgow School of Art, Scotland; and Edinburgh School of Art, Scotland, UK
2017 Áfricas Utópicas (selected works from the Associação Cultural Videobrasil Archive), Espaço Transversal da ArtRio 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [irdc]
2017 Bomb Factory Artist Film Festival IV, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, London, England, UK
2017 AfroScots, Galerie de l'Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
2015 Ilha de Sao Jorge: ICA London, England; and Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy
2015 Capture All, Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
2014 Arquitecturas Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

Artist talks/ Panel discussions/ Symposiums/ Collaborative interventions
2017 The Plaza, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (cp)
2017 Collective Blackness (Black Radical Imagination and LUX Scotland) Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (s)
2017 A Glimmer of Freedom, CITCEM - Transdisciplinar Investigation Centre, University of Porto, Portugal (s)
2017 Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK(with Neil Cooper and Holly Knox Yeoman)
2017 Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK(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)
2015 Hangar Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal

2017 The Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


Published Interviews/ Reviews/ etc.
2019 Campos, Cristina: Irineu Destourelles – Subtitling, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Umbigo Magazine, Lisbon, p. 26.
2019 Fabiana, Rita: I am not here. I am here Notes on an accidental body-place,
2017 Cooper, Neil: Irineu Destourelles – Unturning,
2017 Garrido Castellano, Carlos: Organization, Engagement, Coloniality—Hangar: Centro de Investigação Artística in Lisbon, Field Journal (issue 6)
2016 Corrigall, Mary: ‘Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity’ at UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria,
2015 Nolasco, Ana: Entrevista a Irineu Destourelles, IADE



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