IRINEU DESTOURELLES                      
Selected Moving Image Works
Supernatural Forces, Mental Health and Detail from Indoors
Several Ways of Falling Ordered Differently
One Hundred and Two Houses on Fire
Ex-colonial Landscape with Different Filters
Glossary of Political Words - Almost One-hundred Definitions
White Balance Error and Nia (Subject with Straight Long Hair)
Blurred Images of Two People Constrained by Time Fluctuating Between Acceptance and Rejection
Monsterization of the Representation of R.M.C.M.
Parsing – First and Second Half of an Essay, with Blank Spaces and Mistakes, Running in Simultaneous
Review
Twenty-five Profiles – Extracts from Interracial Adult Marketing Material with Explicit Words Taken Out
New Words for Mindelo's Urban Creole
Metathesiophobia
Absence of Movement and Suspension of Time
Where I Come From – Beginning and End of a Community Party Running in Simultaneous
One Hundred and Sixty Nine Video Stills (after Condoleezza by L. T.)
Two Candles Burning Inside a House with no Electricity (after Zwei Kerzen by G. R.)
About
Education
Solo Exhibitions
Group Exhibitions
Group Screenings
Artist Talks
Residencies
Grants
Essays
Publications
Contact
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       

                   
                       

Several Ways of Falling Ordered Differently 2019 (two stills)
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.
https://vimeo.com/335429741

                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                   
                       
Supernatural Forces, Mental Health and Detail from Indoors (Forças Sobrenaturais, Doença Mental e Detalhe de Interior) 2019 (two stills)
HD File, 16:9, 11 minutes and 18 seconds, b&w, silent
A text, that collapses together references to mental health and the state of democracy in Cape Verde and to Portuguese historical events creating a fictional reality, runs over low opacity footage of a bouquet of plastic flowers.
HD File, 16:9, 11 minutes and 18 seconds, b&w, silent
https://vimeo.com/349513915
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
               
                       
One Hundred and Two Houses on Fire 2019 (four stills)
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.
https://vimeo.com/335738356
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                 
                       
Ex-colonial Landscape with Different Filters 2019 (three stills)
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 MPLA and UNITA the two opposing factions during the Angolan civil war (1975 to 2002 with interludes).
https://vimeo.com/349520635
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                 
                       
Unevenly Spaced and Censored Anonymous Undergraduate Essay 2018 (three stills)
Digital HD file, 16:9, 13 minutes and 14 seconds, colour, sound
I commissioned an online essay mill company to write an undergraduate level essay that referenced Henry E. Garrett's The Equalitarian Dogma" (in Mankind Quarterly 1960) and Charles Gaines' The Theatre of Refusal: Black Art and Mainstream Criticism (1993), respectively a white American racialist psychologist and a black American conceptual visual artist. The resulting essay runs unevenly spaced and with with words crossed out.
https://vimeo.com/248795511
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
             
                       
Glossary of Political Words - Almost One-hundred Definitions 2017 (five stills)
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.
https://vimeo.com/221405982
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                 
                       

White Balance Error and Nia (Subject with Straight Long Hair) 2017 (three stills)
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.
Performed by Emma.
https://vimeo.com/212415413

                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
             
                       

Blurred Images of Two People Constrained by Time Fluctuating Between Acceptance and Rejection 2016 (five stills)
Digital HD file, 16:9, 4 minutes and 2 seconds, colour, sound
A couple siting in a public space go through a cyclical range of contradictory actions, moving back and forwards between affection and aggression.
Performed by Maru and Roberto.
https://vimeo.com/186177241

                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
           
                       
Monsterization of the Representation of R.M.C.M. 2016 (six stills)
Digital HD file, 16:9, 19 minutes and 58 seconds, b&w, silent
Distorted and speeded up single shot footage of a black young man who was asked to stand for the camera and to engage with it in which ever way he choose to.
Performed by Mane (2012).
https://vimeo.com/487296545
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
           
                       
Parsing – First and Second Half of an Essay, with Blank Spaces and Mistakes, Running in Simultaneous 2016 (six stills)
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 I wrote in 2007 on James VI of Scotland/James I of England and (his son) King Charles I's attitudes to power.
https://vimeo.com/125368000
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                     
                       
Review 2016 (one still)
Digital file from MiniDv tape, 4:3, 13 minutes and 13 seconds, colour, sound
An unedited essay I wrote in 2010 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.
https://vimeo.com/170237475
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                 
                       
Twenty-five Profiles – Extracts from Interracial Adult Marketing Material with Explicit Words Taken Out 2015 (three stills)
Digital HD file from found text: 16:9, 11 minutes and 55 seconds, b&w, silent
Text based video work composed of phrases extracted from profile descriptions of female porn-actors listed on a website specializing on white-female/black-male interracial pornographic content. The phrases which play on racial stereotypes have words with explicit content and other offensive meanings removed.
https://vimeo.com/125348605
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
             
                       
New Words for Mindelo's Urban Creole 2014 (five stills)
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 of Cape Verde which is spoken in informal contexts. Based on my experience of living and working in my native Cape Verde with the neologisms, made from agglutinating names of Portuguese colonial administrators and names of Greek mythology characters, I propose parallels between colonial history and the social dynamics that have emerged in the country since 1990 with end of a single-party Marxist regime that gave way to parliamentary democracy and free market economy.
https://vimeo.com/125346710
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                 
                       

Metathesiophobia 2011 (three stills)
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).
Performed also by Elisabete Goncalves and Zenaida Alfama Medina, camera by LuÌs Carlos Fontes de Alencar Filho and Mamadou Diop and direct sound by David Medina.
With thanks to Joel Zito Araujo, Zoia Delgado and Cilene Gomes.
https://vimeo.com/51804614

                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                   
                       
Absence of Movement and Suspension of Time 2011 (two stills)
Digital file from MiniDv tape: 4:3, 17 minutes and 31 seconds, colour, silent
Playing on our understanding of time in relation to movement when there is no movement within the frame the speed of the footage is drastically diminished without this being perceptible.
https://vimeo.com/359584391
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                   
                       
Where I Come From – Beginning and End of a Community Party Running in Simultaneous 2011 (two stills)
two synchronised videos: digital files from MiniDV, 35 minutes 50 seconds, colour, silent
Slow motion footage of the celebration of first anniversary of the set up of a cooperative of small farmers from a remote community in the island of Santo Antao in Cape Verde.
With thanks to members of the Cooperativa dos Resistentes do Planalto Leste and Simon Baliteau.
https://vimeo.com/191310412
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
               
                       

One Hundred and Sixty Nine Video Stills (after Condoleezza by L. T.) 2010 (four stills)
Digital file from MiniDV, 9 minutes 42 seconds, b&w, silent
Runs video stills extracted from footage filmed in 2004 with a camcorder of a television set airing-live an interview of Condoleezza Rice then US Secretary of State.
With thanks to Iria and Joao Pedro Delgado.
https://vimeo.com/487298158

                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                   
                       
Two Candles Burning Inside a House with no Electricity (after Zwei Kerzen by G. R.) 2010 (two stills)
Digital file from MiniDV, 2 minutes 28 seconds, colour, silent
Single shot of two candles burning.
https://vimeo.com/487298234
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       

About
I work predominately with moving-image often incorporating drawing, writing and the body. I am intrigued by the ways in which memory, perception, thinking, language… elements that constitute selfhood, are affected by the internalization of discursive violence. I was born in Santo Antão (Cape Verde, 1974) and I am based in Edinburgh (UK).

                     
                       
Education
2003 MA Fine-Arts Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, England, UK
1998 BA Fine-Arts Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1993-1995 Studied Agronomic Engineering at University of Lisbon (ISA), Portugal
                     
                       

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] https://hangar.com.pt/online/history-as-fiction-fiction-as-history/
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]

                     
                       

Froup screenings/ Festivals
2018 AfroScots: Glasgow School of Art, Scotland; and Edinburgh School of Art, Scotland, UK
2017 Áfricas Utópicas (selected works from the Associação Cultural Videobrasil Collection), 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 [AT]/ Panel Discussions [PD]/ Symposiums [S]/ Collaborative Projects [CP]
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) [AT]
2017 Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK(with Tiffany Boyle) [AT]
2015 Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (with Stefano Rabolli Pansera) [AT]
2015 Hangar Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal (with Ana Balona de Oliveira and Manuela Ribeiro Sanches) [AT]
2013 Casa Africa, Las Palmas, Spain (with Orlando Britto Jinorio, Tchale Figueira, and Leao Lopes) [PD]
2011 Mindelo, Do We Have Culture? Public Meetings, Various Venues, Mindelo, Cape Verde (co-chair with Rita Lobo) [PD]
                     
                       
Residencies
2015 Hangar Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal
                     
                       

Grants
2017 The Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

                     
                       

Essays/ Interviews
2015 Nolasco, Ana: Entrevista a Irineu Destourelles, IADE
http://arquipelagoscriativos.unidcom-iade.pt/?page_id=296
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, pp. 200-217 [ir]

                     
                       
Publications
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, buala.org
https://www.buala.org/en/ill-visit/i-am-not-here-i-am-here-notes-on-an-accidental-body-place
2017 Cooper, Neil: Irineu Destourelles – Unturning, productmagazine.co.uk
https://www.productmagazine.co.uk/ideas/art-review/
2017 Garrido Castellano, Carlos: Organization, Engagement, Coloniality—Hangar: Centro de Investigação Artística in Lisbon, Field Journal (issue 6)
http://field-journal.com/issue-6/hangar
2016 Corrigall, Mary: ‘Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity’ at UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, artafricamagazine.org
https://artafricamagazine.org/being-and-becoming-complexities-of-the-african-identity-at-unisa-art-gallery-pretoria/
                     
                       

Contact
mail@irineudestourelles.com