I am a visual artist working with moving-image, writing, drawing and painting and I am currently based between Edinburgh and Lisbon.
Reflecting on experiences of creolity and diaspora my practice is underpinned by a speculative treatment of identity as an unsettled and paradoxical construct.
Selected moving image works
Extract from Front and Back Views of an Historical Building on Different Days 2009
Two synchronised videos, digital files from MiniDV, 4:3, sound, colour 10 minutes 22 seconds, colour, sound
Front view and partial back view of the Naval College buildings in London.
Extract from One Hundred and Sixty Nine Video Stills (after Condoleezza by L. T.) 2010
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 U.S. Secretary
of State.
Extract from Metathesiophobia 2011
HD file, 16:9, 100 minutes and 54 seconds, b&w, sound
Performers: Elisabete Goncalves, Zenaida Alfama Medina and Irineu Destourelles; Camera: LuÌs Carlos Fontes de Alencar Filho and Mamadou Diop; Direct sound: by David Medina.
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).
Extract from Absence of Movement and Suspension of Time, 2011 (W)
Digital file from MiniDv tape: 4:3, 17 minutes and 31 seconds, colour, silent.
Playing on our understanding of time in relation to movement the frame speed of footage recorded from the kitchen window of a flat Destourelles lived in the city of Mindelo in Cape Verde is determined by the presence and absence of people within the frame. When there are no people present the frame speed is drastically diminished without this being immediately perceptible.
Extract from New Words for Mindelo's Urban Creole 2014
HD file, 16:9, 10 minutes and 26 seconds, b&w, sound
Commissioned for Ilha de São Jorge, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore island, Venice, Italy, 2014
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 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.
Extract from Twenty-five Profiles (Extracts from Interracial Adult Marketing Material with Explicit Words Taken Out) 2015
HD file from found text, 16:9, 11 minutes and 55 seconds, b&w, silent
Commissioned for Sex Macht Gut/ Sex Does Good, Sprechsall, Berlin, Germany, 2015
Text based video work composed of phrases extracted from profile descriptions of female porn-actors listed on a website specialising 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
Extract from Emotional Exhibion Review 2016
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.
Extract from Parsing (First and Second Half of an Essay, with Blank Spaces and Mistakes, Running in Simultaneous) 2016
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 on James VI of Scotland/James I of England and (his son) King Charles I's attitudes to power.
Extract from Blurred Images of Two People Constrained by Time Fluctuating Between Acceptance and Rejection 2016
HD file, 16:9, 4 minutes and 2 seconds, colour, silent
Commissioned for Tainted Verbal, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 2017
With financial support from Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh, UK
Performed by Maru and Roberto.
A couple siting in a public space go through a cyclical range of contradictory actions, moving back and forwards between affection and aggression.
Extract from White Balance Error and Nia (Subject with Straight Long Hair) 2017
HD file, 16:9, 7 minutes and 48 seconds, colour, sound
Commissioned for Tainted Verbal, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 2017
With financial support from Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh, UK
Performed by Emma.
Evoking traditional western tropes of feminine beauty, a woman is closely followed with extreme close-ups, a gaze, that she systematically rejects.
Extract from Unrelativising - Over-and-Underexposed Handheld Images of Familiar Places, 2016-17
Digital HD file from DVCPRO HD and found sound: 16:9,silent, color, 4 minutes 27 seconds.
Commissioned for Tainted Verbal, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 2017
Interweaves video footage of Edinburgh, Glasgow and the outskirts of Lisbon with sound segments extracted from daytime reality TV.
Extract from Glossary of Political Words (Almost One-hundred Definitions) 2017
HD file, 16:9, 35 minutes and 39 seconds, colour, silent
Commissioned for Unturning, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 2017
Alternative meanings, often sardonic and suggestive of social-darwinism, are attributed to words found in a glossary of political words.
Extract from Ex-colonial Landscape with Different Filters 2019
MiniDV transferred to digital HD file, 4:3, 4minutes and 30 seconds, colour, silent
Commissioned for Subtitulizar/Subtitling, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, 2019
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).
Extract from Supernatural Forces, Mental Health and Detail from Indoors (Forças Sobrenaturais, Doença Mental e Detalhe de Interior) 2019
HD File, 16:9, 11 minutes and 18 seconds, color, silent
Comissioned for Subtitulizar/Subtitling, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, 2019
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.
Extract from Several Ways of Falling Ordered Differently 2019
HD File, 16:9, 4 minutes and 8 seconds, b&w, silent
Commissioned for Subtitulizar/Subtitling, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, 2019
Performance based video where I fall to the ground several times with every mosaic displaying the falls sequenced differently.
Extract from One Hundred and Two Houses on Fire 2019
HD file, 16:9, 9 minutes and 43 seconds, b&w, silent
Commissioned for Subtitulizar/Subtitling, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, 2019
Displays a series of drawings of houses consumed by fire from the inside.
Extract from Sketches for Geometric Abstract Paintings and Corrupted Sound from a Visual Arts Lesson 2020
HD file, 16:9, 4 minutes and 52 seconds, b&w, sound
Commissioned by the Amawal Collection of Contemporary African Art, Madrid, Spain
The video displays a succession of black & white geometric abstract drawings at different stages of composition with currupted sound from a recording of a visual arts and design lesson.
Extract from Drawings of Internal Creatures 2021
HD File, 16:9, 4 minutes and 57 seconds, b&w, silent
Displays in succession a series of pen and ink drawings with appropriated cartoon comical noises.
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
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, Centro Cultural do Mindelo/ Portuguese Institute - Mindelo, Cape Verde [irdc]
Group Exhibitions
2021 O Silêncio da Terra, Galeria do Paço, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal
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]
Group screenings/ Festivals
2021 Festival Alkantara (international performing arts festival), Lisbon
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
2021 Claudia Sobral, Se o fantasma de João de Sá Panasco vagueasse por Lisboa, Semanario o Novo, Lisbon
2020 Irineu Destourelles, Citações do Antigo Presidente do Conselho de Ministros Traduzidas para Um Crioulo Pessoal, in Língua-Lugar: Literatura História Estudos Culturais (N.02, December, 2020) Université de Genève and Universität Zürich
2019 Cristina Campos, Irineu Destourelles – Subtitling, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Umbigo Magazine, Lisbon, p. 26.
2019 Rita Fabiana, I am not here. I am here Notes on an accidental body-place, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
2017 Neil Cooper, Irineu Destourelles – Unturning, productmagazine.co.uk
2016 Entrevista a Irineu Destourelles por Ana Nolasco, Verifebura: Prática Colonial e Consciência Pós-colonia, Buala
2014 Irineu Rocha (AKA Irineu Destourelles), Carlos Schofied (1944-2012) Notes from the Year Before Last [Port /Eng] in 'Ilha de Sao Jorge', Beyond Entrophy, London 2014, pp43-54
2010 Irineu Rocha (AKA Irineu Destourelles ), Perímetro < Diâmetro: Geometrização, Creolização, Corpos, e Aglutinaçoes [Port/ Spa/ Fren] in 'Horizontes Insulares', Gobierno de Canarias, Las Palmas, pp. 200-217
Artist Talks/ Panel Discussions/ Symposiums/ Collaborative Projects
2019 Irineu Destourelles talks with Ângela Ferreira, International Meetings Where I (we) Stand, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
2017 The Plaza (artist print based projects) , Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2017 Collective Blackness (artist presentations organised by Black Radical Imagination and LUX Scotland), Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2017 A Glimmer of Freedom (research seminar) CITCEM - Transdisciplinar Investigation Centre, University of Porto, Portugal
2017 artist talk with Neil Cooper and Holly Knox Yeoman with Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2017 artist talk with with Tiffany Boyle (Mother Tongue), Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
2015 Ilha de Sao Jorge project presentation with Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy
2015 artist talk with Ana Balona de Oliveira and Manuela Ribeiro Sanches, Hangar Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal
2013 artist talk with Tchale Figueira, Leao Lopes and Orlando Britto Jinorio, Casa Africa, Las Palmas, Spain
2011 co-chair with Rita Lobo, Mindelo, Do We Have Culture? Series of Public Meetings, Various Venues across Mindelo, Cape Verde