|Sketches for Geometric Abstract Paintings and Corrupted Sound from a Visual Arts Lesson 2020
Digital HD file, 16:9, 4 minutes and 52 seconds, b&w, sound
Displays a succession of black & white geometric abstract drawings at different stages of composition with sound from a currupted recording of a visual arts and design lesson I delivered in 2010 in São Vicente, Cape Verde.
Several Ways of Falling Ordered Differently 2019
|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 second, colour, silent
A text that collapses together references to mental health and the state of democracy in Cape Verde and also Portuguese historical events creating a fictional
reality. It runs over low opacity footage of a bouquet of plastic flowers.
|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.
|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 Ant‹o 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).
|Unevenly Spaced and Censored Anonymous Undergraduate Essay 2018 (three stills)
Digital HD file, 16:9, 13 minutes and 14 seconds, b&w, sound
I commissioned an online essay mill company to write an undergraduate level essay on issues of race which runs unevenly spaced and with words crossed out.
|Glossary of Political Words (Almost One-hundred Definitions) 2017
Digital HD file, 16:9, 35 minutes and 39 seconds, b&w, silent
Alternative meanings, often sardonic and suggestive of social-darwinism, are attributed to words found in a glossary of political words.
White Balance Error (Subject with Straight Long Hair) 2017
Blurred Images of Two People Constrained by Time Fluctuating Be tween Acceptance and Rejection 2016
|Parsing (First and Second Half of an Essay, with Blank Spaces and Mistakes, Running i n Sim ultaneous) 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 I wrote on James VI of Scotland/James I of
England and (his son) King Charles I's attitudes to power.
|Emotional Exhibition 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.
|Twenty-five Profiles (Extracts from Interracial Adult Marketing Material with Explicit Words Taken Out) 2015
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 specialising on white-female/blackmale
interracial pornographic content. The phrases which play on racial stereotypes have words with explicit content and other offensive meanings removed.
|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 substra tum 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 singleparty Marxist regime that gave way to parliamentary democracy and free market economy.
|Absence of Movement and Suspension of Time 2011
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.
|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.
Group Screenings/ Festivals
|Talks/ Panel Discussions/ Symposiums
2021 talk with Sofia L. Borges, PICTO — Espace de Production Artistique, Geneva, Switzerland
2019 talk, Irineu Destourelles and Ângela Ferreira, International Meetings Where I (we) Stand, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
2017 presentation and panel discussion, Collective Blackness (artist presentations organised by Black Radical Imagination and LUX Scotland), Talbot Rice Gallery,
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2017 presentation, A Glimmer of Freedom (research seminar) CITCEM - Transdisciplinar Investigation Centre, University of Porto, Portugal
2017 talk with Neil Cooper and Holly Knox Yeoman with Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2017 talk with with Tiffany Boyle (Mother Tongue), Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
2015 talk with Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy
2015 presentation and talk with Ana Balona de Oliveira and Manuela Ribeiro Sanches, Hangar Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal
2013 talk with Tchale Figueira, Leao Lopes and Orlando Britto Jinorio, Casa Africa, Las Palmas, Spain
2011 panel discussions co-chair with Rita Lobo, Mindelo, Do We Have Culture? Series of Public Meetings, Various Venues across Mindelo, Cape Verde
2021-2022 Deveron Projects, Huntly, Scotland, UK
2015 (July) Hangar, Lisbon, Portugal
Alvaro Luis Lima, 'A House of Fire: the Diaspora of Irineu Destourelles', in Atlantica: Contemporary Art From Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe and their Diasporas, Hangar Books, Lisbon (2021) pp. 74-86.
Claudia Sobral, 'Se o fantasma de João de Sá Panasco vagueasse por Lisboa', Semanario O Novo, Lisboa (19.11.2021), pp. 60-61.
Irineu Destourelles, 'Citacoes do Antigo Presidente do Conselho de Ministros Traduzidas para Um Crioulo Pessoal', in Lingua-Lugar: Literatura Historia Estudos Culturais (N.02) Geneva University and Zurich University, 2020
Cristina Campos, 'Irineu Destourelles – Subtitling, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum', Umbigo Magazine, Lisbon, 2019, p. 26.
Rita Fabiana, I am not here. I am here Notes on an accidental body-place, Museum Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 2019
Neil Cooper, 'Irineu Destourelles – Unturning', productmagazine.co.uk, (07/10/2017)
Ana Nolasco, 'Entrevista a Irineu Destourelles: Verifebura: Prática Colonial e Consciência Pós-colonial’, Buala.org (28/03/2016)
MA Fine-Arts Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, England, UK
BA Fine-Arts Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands