video stills from Unevenly Spaced and Censored Anonymous Undergraduate Essay and Love for Gardens (v2), 2018
An essay, with key words crossed out, runs over corrupted home-made digital footage of a London suburban garden. I commissioned the essay, with a working title and four reference texts, to an online company that specializes on writing bespoke essays for university students.
                     
HD file from MiniDV and edited comissioned text: 16:9, silent, color, 14 minutes and 12 seconds
https://vimeo.com/248795511
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
               
                       
video stills from: Seven Answers Within Blue (Mr Butterwick Remembers Mrs Thatcher), 2019/19
Seven answers (from a total of 18 questions) given by Mr Butterwick, a retired ex-coal miner from Fife in Scotland, regarding his memories from 1979 to 1990 when Mrs Margaret Thatcher was in office as the prime minister of the UK. Her ministerial cabinets were responsible for policies that placed an emphasis on individualism, private ownership and anti-communism transforming the UK's social fabric.
                     

digital HD file: 16:9, silent, color, 18 minutes 29 seconds
https://vimeo.com/322681862

                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                 
                       
video stills from: Glossary of Political Words - Almost One-hundred Definitions (within Blue), 2017
Words that may be found in a general glossary of political words have been attributed sardonic meanings that often propose morally problematic relations between political practice, irrational desire and individualism.
                     
digital HD file from original text: 16:9, silent, color, 35 minutes and 39 seconds
https://vimeo.com/221405982
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                 
                       
video stills from Nia (Subject with Straight Long Hair), 2017
A woman is closely scrutinised by a gaze that she systemically rejects whilst she practices normative codes of beauty that latter she undoes.
                     
digital HD file from DVCPRO HD: 16:9, sound, color, 7 minutes and 48 seconds
https://vimeo.com/212415413
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
           
                       
Drawings for a Narrative Concerning an Incredulous Foreigner, 2016-present
Ongoing series of drawings that play on the instants where for one reason or another the individual 'encounters things familiar yet threatening'.
                     
six of over one-hundred drawings
ink on paper, 14 x 18 cm, 5.5 x 7 in
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
             
                       
video stills from Unrelativising - Someone is Adamant that their Sister is not their Sister and Over-and-Underexposed Handheld Images of Familiar Places, 2016/17
Interweaves video footage of Edinburgh, Glasgow and the outskirts of Lisbon. The accompanying sound is edited from fragments extracted from a popular UK daytime reality TV show.
                     
digital HD file from DVCPRO HD and found sound: 16:9, sound, color, 4 minutes 27 seconds
https://vimeo.com/194021356
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
             
                       
video stills from Blurred Images of Two People Constrained by Time Fluctuating Between Acceptance and Rejection (SV), 2016/17
A woman and a man sit in a public space whilst they go through a wide range of behaviours from affection to aggression. The partial voice-over repeats an innocuous conversation fragment between two characters in an adult film.
                     
digital HD file from DVCPRO HD and found sound: 16:9, silent, color, 4 minutes and 2 seconds
https://vimeo.com/186177241
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
           
                       
video stills from Parsing – First and Second Half of an Essay, with Blank Spaces and Mistakes, Running in Simultaneous, 2016 (2014)
Runs what would have been, if words that denote status, time and place had not been removed, an informative essay regarding James VI of Scotland/James I of England and his son King Charles I's beliefs on the exercise of power.
                     
digital HD file from original text: 16:9, sound/silent, b&w, 13 minutes and 22 seconds
https://vimeo.com/125368000
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                     
                       
video still from Review, 2014/16
An unedited text I wrote in Accra during the day after a visit 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 misreads African language words. The footage was recorded from a hotel room window in Accra.
                     
digital file from MiniDv tape: 4:3, sound, color, 13 minutes and 13 seconds
https://vimeo.com/170237475
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                 
                       
video stills from Twenty-five Profiles – Extracts from Interracial Adult Film Marketing Material with Explicit Words Taken Out, 2015
The original text is appropriated from a U.S. based website specializing on interracial pornography content between white women and black men.
                     
digital HD file from edited found text: 16:9, silent, b&w, 11 minutes and 55 seconds
https://vimeo.com/125348605
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
             
                       
video stills from New Words for Mindelo's Urban Creole, 2014
Displays neologisms, aimed at enriching the vocabulary of the substratum creole language from Cape Verde spoken in informal contexts, and their definitions that refer to social dynamics that have emerged in the country since the end of single-party Marxist regime and the beginning of democracy in 1990. The neologisms are made from names of Portuguese colonial administrators and names of Greek mythology characters and propose relations between ongoing social practices and Cape Verde's colonial history under Portuguese rule.
                     
digital HD file from original text: 16:9, sound, b&w, 10 minutes and 26 seconds
https://vimeo.com/125346710
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                     
                       
video still from Metathesiophobia, 2011
A cropped long single-shot of three faceless characters sitting at table whom with repetitive actions split and pack the white powdery contents of a plastic container into small portions for individual consumption. The voiceover is an - at first - imperceptibly adulterated audiobook of 'Meditations on First Philosophy' (1641).
                     
digital HD file from DVCPRO HD and found sound: 16:9, sound, b&w, 100 minutes and 54 seconds
https://vimeo.com/51804614
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                     
                       
video stills from Where I Come From – Beginning and End of a Community Party Running in Simultaneous, 2011/12
A remote impoverished rural community in the island of Santo Antao in Cape Verde celebrate the first anniversary of their cooperative set-up to facilitate selling their products and bulk-buy consumer goods.
                     
two synchronised videos, digital files from MiniDV: 4:3, silent, color, 35 minutes and 50 seconds
https://vimeo.com/191310412
                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       

about
Working across diverse media, with an emphasis on moving-image and text, I am currently developing work that explores illogical, implausible and/or psychotic understandings of reality in relation to the legacy of colonialism. Born in the Cape Verde islands in West Africa and currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

                     
                       
education
MA Fine-Arts Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, England, UK
BA Fine-Arts Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
                     
                       
solo exhibitions
2019 Subtitulizar, Project Space, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (forthcoming)
2017 Unturning, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2017 Tainted Verbal, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
2014 Autoestrangeirismo, Atelier Concorde, Lisbon, Portugal
2011 Thinking According to Rectangular Images, Portuguese Institute - Mindelo, Mindelo, Cape Verde [irdc]
                     
                       

group exhibitions
2019, Apa Kabar? (What's new?), Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (forthcoming)
2018/9 South-South: Between Land and Sea Film Programme, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2018/9 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 Be Right Back, 8-10 Rhoda Street, London, England, UK
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 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
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 Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
2014 Arquitecturas Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

                     
                       
artist talks/ panel discussions/ symposiums/ collaborative projects
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)
                     
                       
residencies
2015 Hangar Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal
                     
                       

grants/awards
2017 The Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

                     
                       
published essays/ interviews
Verifebura: Prática Colonial e Consciência Pós-colonial, Buala, 2016 (web)
Carlos Schofied (1944-2012) Notes from the Year Before Last [Port /Eng] in 'Ilha de Sao Jorge', Beyond Entrophy, London, 2014 (pp. 43-54) [irdc]
Perímetro < Diâmetro: Geometrização, Creolização, Corpos, e Aglutinaçoes [Port/ Spa/ Fren] in 'Horizontes Insulares', Gobierno de Canarias, Las Palmas, 2010 (pp. 200-217) [ir]
                     
                       
teaching experience
2009-2012 Lecturer in History of Art and Design at the M_EIA Institute, Mindelo Cape Verde [irdc]
                     
                       

contacts
mail@irineudestourelles.com

                     
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
ⓒ 2018 Irineu Destourelles [IRdC]