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Filmes do Homem


Festa . João Gigante

Exhibition produced by FILMES DO HOMEM


"FESTA" is a photographic work that travels chronologically through a year of traditional festivities in Castro Laboreiro. This project unmarks an interpretation about the experience of the place, the cult of meeting and sharing, a social "dance" between nostalgia and distance.
In Castro Laboreiro we perceive that the bordering territory describes itself as being special, its characteristics accumulate a history of many years of travels and communion among a population that comes and goes by seasons. There also inhabit people who build a way of being that emphasizes the social structure of this very same place. Castro exists because of its people, its future memory depends on a series of experiences that define the castrejo, the festival is an apogee of interrelations, a living place.
The photographic work is a visual research across this territory and the people who inhabit it and celebrate the existence of the place. Besides the liturgical event, there exists the continuity of a history and festive memory. There is a clear way of living for the castrejo, from the dance director comes the word of order for a cadenced ballet, where one builds with each step a little more of the place’s history and remember the movements of a celebrated past.
One year of field work that reports by a collection of images, in a series of relations and approaches to the territory and the people of Castro Laboreiro.

  • Date: 01 / 31 August 2017
  • Location: Casa da Cultura de Melgaço
joao gigante
João Gigante Born in Viana do Castelo, graduated in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Belas Artes in Porto and completed a Master's Degree in Audiovisual Communication (Photography) at Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. He mantains his course among the practice of fine arts, having displayed his work in several exhibitions within the national and international artistic scene and the practice of production and organization of events and artistic projects and the projection and organization of projects of social and ethnographic level, maintaining its artistic and conceptual character. His work complements the different areas of plastic performance, like photography, video, sound design, installation and design. Developer of musical projects with highlights such as PHOLE and the sound plastic project ARAME (with Miguel Arieira). João is also the founding member and director of PARASITA Magazine (with Hugo Soares).

The Golden Age Of Polish Film Posters

Exhibition commissioned by Bernard Despomadères


Cartaz de Andrzje Pqgowski, Danton filme de Andrzej Wadja 1982

The art of the poster is an integral part of the cultural history of Poland.
After the Second World War and the establishment of the socialist regime in the country, that so-called street art that is the poster, thanks to an unquestionable aesthetic quality and diversity of styles, gave rise to a real "school" of great renown that has influenced creators beyond the borders, from Japan, France or Cuba.
That "school", born in the midst of propaganda and orders from the State, was first characterized by a political and social character. However, creators were quick to break away from the constraints imposed by investing in other fields, such as culture, with creations for the opera, concerts, exhibitions or cinema, the latter occupying a privileged place.
The regime's rejection of Western commercial values allowed artists to express themselves outside the purely advertising requirements. The artists also benefited, paradoxically, from a great creative freedom, reducing to the bare minimum the textual indications of the film, conserving only a metaphorical image or provoking the emotion, whilst appealing to every one’s imagination.
Today a large number of these posters, considered as works of art, have entered the museums. Throughout his life as a passionate cinephile Jean-Loup Passek patiently gathered several hundred that constitute one of the treasures of the Melgaço Museum of Cinema.
It is, evidently, a tiny part of this collection that we present at this exhibition, with a selection of original posters signed by great Polish designers and, in a reduced format, reproductions of posters for the theater, music and others of a political and social nature.

Bernard Despomadères
  • Date: 06 August / 15 July 2018
  • Location: Museu de Cinema de Melgaço – Jean Loup Passek

Encounter . Diogo Marques Santos

Work undertaken in the FRONTAL SHOT 2016 Photographic Residence


Memory and nostalgia are present in every inhabitant of the Village of Castro Laboreiro. There are many stories that intersect and are remembered, ranging from contraband to transhumance, from school days to times of immigration. It is from this nostalgia that stories are told of families that have grown and gone to other lands.
From the Private Photographic Archive of each family the bridge between past and present creates an emotionally strong connection; at a time when the village is increasingly suffering from abandonment of the place and loneliness tends to take more and more the place of the once living energy.
"Encounter" focuses on the issue of Family Memory starting from private photographic archives of the families of each person photographed, revealing times long gone and establishing a photographically recorded link from them.
After a selection of photographs given from each family, each image is projected onto a wall and people stand before the image of their relatives where they will be photographed together later on, establishing a bridge between two temporal spaces (past and present) through a fraction of time that records the image, the photographic act.
In the ambit of artistic residency "Frontal Shot" within the FILMES DO HOMEM 2016 festival, this photographic project was carried out based on the proposed theme of Family, in the village of Castro Laboreiro.
"Encounter" aims to establish an emotional connection through the image between the Family Archive, Family and the Spectator.

Diogo Marques Santos
  • Date: 01 / 31 August 2017
  • Location: Praça da República, nº. 125
Diogo Marques Santos
Diogo Marques Santos Born in Lisbon in 1993. In 2012, he began his training as a photographer at IADE, attending the CET in Photography, before moving on to the Degree in Photography and Visual Culture at the same institution in 2014, and finishing it in 2016. In 2015 he left for Macau where he attended Communication and Media Degree studies at USJ - University of Saint Joseph. The work of Diogo Marques Santos comprises as a starting point the exploration of the photographic medium, the experimentation throughout the whole process. The relationship between time and light is one of the thematic constants of photographic exploration present in his works, the retreat to the raw materials of the photographic act. He currently has works represented at the Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa gallery. Diogo is attending the Master’s degree in Criticism, Curatorship and Theories of Art, at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon.

Daily Bread . Venice Atienza

Work undertaken in the FRONTAL SHOT 2016 Photographic Residence

pão nosso de cada dia

Every week, in Melgaço, a white van travels across different villages to deliver bread. These villages are separated by high mountains and winding roads. It is through this weekly work ritual that we meet, albeit short and brief, different people from these different places.

Venice Atienza
  • Date: 01 / 31 August 2017
  • Location: Casa da Cultura de Melgaço
Venice Atienza
Venice Atienza Photographer and film maker from the Philippines. In previous years, she worked on projects that explored the effects of natural disasters in various remote communities in the Philippines, and the electricity crisis in indigent communities in Metro Manila. She moved to Europe in 2015 to be part of the Doc Nomads joint masters program that takes place in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels.