Sculptures Garden

Free Admission


Curatorship: Marta Mestre


 In 2018, the only video art festival in Lisbon celebrates 10 years!

Video art as an artistic language emerged as a critical resistance to the mercantile system of the visual arts and to the consolidation of TV as a vehicle for hegemonic mass communication during the Cold War, causing a revolution in the codes of art. More than 50 years after its inception, video art

is in the midst of major technological changes and new political, ideological, social, aesthetic and economic conflicts that make us wonder about the state of things and their relation to artistic production.

In 2018, FUSO celebrates its tenth anniversary, attentive to the reverberations of the contemporary world, and focuses its attention on the questions that surround the senses of resistance, existence, revolution and evolution.

The only festival with continuous programming of national and international video art in Lisbon has promoted the Portuguese creation and provided meetings and partnerships and this year looks at its own history while at the same time interrogating and presenting the production of video art in historical moments of conflicts. Confronting already canonical languages ​​to the most contemporary, FUSO shows video works that cross the visual arts, performance, cinema, literature and digital media, proposing a new opening to the moving image of the 21st century.

Sculpture Garden Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea  | 30 AUG

22h00 – Program MARTA MESTRE | “Reload”

23h15 – Program MARTA MESTRE | “Reload"

22h00 – Program MARTA MESTRE 


Running Time: 57’

"Reload" is a survey of work by the artists awarded during the eight editions of FUSO – THE ANNUAL LISBON INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL, and seeks to "recharge its batteries" for future editions.

Through a careful selection, with the aim of opening hereto unestablished dialogues, we have selected work by thirteen artists, always giving priority, whenever possible, to the most recent production of the work. Diverse by default, and showcasing contemporary video production, several of the projects that make up the MNAC sessions make use of poetic and political contexts, the borders of which are naturally unstable, reclaiming and contemplating, either through documentary or fiction.

Artists and synops

 _RAQUEL SCHEFFER (PT) // Nshajo (O Jogo), 2011, 7’55’’

Between 1957 and 1960, anthropologist Jorge Dias, one of the main figures of Portuguese colonial ethnography and Luso-Tropicalist Movement, conducted three field studies in the Macondes Plateau, in Northern Mozambique. In 1960, during one of the expeditions to Mozambique, Jorge Dias stayed for some days in my family’s house, in Mucojo, where my grandfather was the post administrator. “Nshajo (The Game)” articulates the narration of a prosaic episode of Jorge Dias’ stay in Mucojo with an attempt of visual reflection on anthropological representation and the processes of empirical observation, imitation, and acculturation.


Raquel Sheffer (Porto, 1981) is a Director with a PhD in Cinema Studies form the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, where she developed her thesis on the cinematic representation of contemporary history under the advisory of Philippe Dubois. She published the book “El Autorretrato en el Documental” (The Self-Portrait in the Documentary) in 2008 in Argentina, where she obtained a Masters in Documentary Cinema. She has directed shorts and videos, which have been shown at several festivals and exhibitions, such as FIDMarseille, the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Trienal de Mármara. Her first individual exhibition opened recently in Santander. “Avó (Muidumbe)” (Grandmother (Muidumbe)), a short produced as part of the Video Art Course of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, has just received the award for best film in the competition section of the FUSO Festival in Lisbon.

_RUI MOURÃO (PT) // This is not my voice, 2016, 9’27’

The video presents a personal questioning of the role of art in the current system. Part of the irreverent "artivist" occupation of MNAC, promoted by the artist, for exploring alternatives that reestablish an aesthetics of ethics, the art of society, the I of the Other. It looks to the potential ritual of art in the image-body and conscience-action connections. Through the search, it attempts transformation.


Rui Mourão (1977, Lisbon) is an artist and researcher. He makes videos/video installations and performance art. He studied art (UAB and CECC, Barcelona; Maumaus, Lisbon; Malmö Art Academy, Sweden) and has a post-graduate degree in Digital Visual Cultures and a Masters in Anthropology, both from ISCTE. He also has a PhD in Artistic Studies from FCSH - Nova University of Lisbon, and has done artistic residencies and conferences, written articles and books, and shown more than 50 exhibitions and video screenings in 16 countries.  

JOSÉ CARLOS TEIXEIRA (PT) // ON EXILE, elsewhere within here, 2018, 25’

At the crossroads between documentary cinema, art and anthropology, “ON EXILE, elsewhere within here”, investigates the concepts of migration, dislocation and alterity. Through interviews with refugees from Muslim communities from the Middle East and North Africa, exiled in the United States, this experimental film constructs intimate psychological portraits, inserting them into a specific historical and political context. Aesthetically and ethically committed to the ethnographic encounter and to the delicate questions of representation and the Other, the author attempts to listen to and inscribe the voices of the refugees, in opposition to a dominant discourse that denies them agency or their own existence. ON EXILE invites us then, to a lingering reflection and time, to a necessary process of empathy and intersubjectivity – “to return the Other to us, or return us to the Other” (J. Pinharanda).

*This is a 70-minute abridged version of the original


José Carlos Teixeira (Porto, 1977), is a visual artist and researcher. He obtained his Masters at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as a Fulbright scholar, and his undergraduate at FBAUP. Of his recent individual exhibitions, some highlights are the ones at MAAT and at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. He has shown his work internationally at institutions such as the Hammer Museum, LACE (Los Angeles), Museum of the City of New York (NY), MOCA, Spaces (Cleveland), Württembergischer Kunstverein (Stuttgart), DAZ (Berlin), and many others. His films have been shown at festivals such as Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Currents New Media Festival, LA Freewaves and Athens International Film and Video Festival. In 2005, he was nominated for the EDP New Artists Award, and won the Jury Award at the FUSO Festival in 2011. He was an artist in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany), the MacDowell Colony and the Headlands Center for the Arts, and is currently on the faculty at UW-Madison (USA).

_JOSÉ SIMÕES (PT) // How to eat a Napoleão, 2017 ,2’43’’

Eat Like a Portuguese is a series of short visual scheme videos that show the different portuguese ways of eating several traditional pastry and others that we can find in pastry and coffee shops in Portugal like a éclair, a jesuíta, a pastel de natal, a bola de berlim, a croissant, a napoleão, a queque, a bolo de arroz and others. A subtle humor, a lovely portrait of cultural and personal quirks.


José Simões (1976, Beira. Mozambique). Author of the video "Barrabés", with which he participated in the 4th Instantes de Paisagem competition, 2010, CDAN – Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Huesca, Barcelona. He received the FUSO acquisition award / Fundação EDP 2015 with the video "Como os Portugueses comem a torrada em pão de forma" (How the Portuguese eat pan loaf toast), with which he participated in the OODAAQ#6 festival and the Aurora Arts Festival, 2015, and is the co-author of the project "Roteiro Oficinal do Porto" (Tour of Porto Workshops). He has also authored videos which have been included in such festivals and exhibitions as: CHEONGJU CRAFT BIENNALE, Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival, Handmade Doc Fest, Italy & Festival of Making.

MACIEL SANTOS E JOÃO CRUZ (PT) // Ping Punk King Pong, 2015, 5’42’’

A stage, public, two players and a lot of action. All this in a short and exciting ping pong game that takes place in a theater where the improbable becomes real and the game becomes something (im) possible.
Ping Punk King Pong is the name of this video that make serious questions about our beliefs but in a "comic" way.


Maciel (1982), lives and works in Sesimbra. He studied architecture at no ISCTE and obtained an undergraduate degree in Painting from the Faculdade de Belas-Artes of Lisbon University. He has participated in collective and individual exhibitions in Portugal and abroad.

João Cruz was born in 1986. He has an undergraduate degree in Painting from the Faculdade de Belas Artes of the University of Lisbon, and participated in the course “Projeto Individual” (Individual Project) at AR.CO. His work moves freely from drawing to painting, installation, tapestry, street art and video.

_  LEALVEILEBY (PT) // The Two-Headed Bull and Other Portuguese Fables, 2017, 7’41’’

Filmed on a portable, digital camera, and incorporating cinematic imperfections, such as a grainy appearance added in post-production, this video uses subtitles from the era of silent film to create an anthropomorphic game which reveals the ease with which we project human traces onto everything that surround us via language. The video reminds us of how the text and the image are constantly shaping our understanding of the world.


LealVeileby is a duo made up of António Leal (Lisbon, Portugal, 1976) and Jesper Veileby (Karlstad, Sweden, 1985). They live and work in Malmö, Sweden, but keep an atelier in Lisbon which they use often. Utilizing a variety of methods such as video, objects or installations, the duo investigates the nature of art and the making of knowledge. Their practice is described as a playful exploration of the scientific, occult and linguistic landscapes. In 2017, they received an annual work scholarship form the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Leal finished his Masters in Fine Arts at the Malmö Art Academy (2009-11, adviser Gertrud Sandqvist), and attended the Independent Study Program of Maumaus - School of Visual Art in Lisbon (2006-09). Veileby finished his Bachelor degree and his Maters in Fine Arts at the Malmö Art Academy (2009-14, adviser João Penalva).

The duo has shown individually at Espaço Campanhã (Porto, PT, 2018), at Konsthall K (Karlstad, SE, 2014), at Espaço Campanhã (Porto, PT, 2013) and at Galleri Pictura (Lund, SE, 2012). As far as collective shows, the highlights: Fuso - Video Art Festival, MAAT (Lisbon, PT, 2017), XIX Bienal de Cerveira (Vila Nova de Cerveira, PT, 2017), Sjöbo konsthall (Sjöbo, SE, 2017) and Inter Arts Center (Malmö, SE, 2015).


23h15 – Program MARTA MESTRE 


Running Time: 41’


"Reload" is a survey of work by the artists awarded during the eight editions of FUSO – THE ANNUAL LISBON INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL, and seeks to "recharge its batteries" for future editions.

Through a careful selection, with the aim of opening hereto unestablished dialogues, we have selected work by thirteen artists, always giving priority, whenever possible, to the most recent production of the work. Diverse by default, and showcasing contemporary video production, several of the projects that make up the MNAC sessions make use of poetic and political contexts, the borders of which are naturally unstable, reclaiming and contemplating, either through documentary or fiction.

Artists and synopsis

_VICTOR JORGE (PT) // Landscape, 2013, 2’11’’

Found-Footage Super8 Film from 1979, recovered and restored with a series of panoramic camera movements on a landscape with sound/music from Lionel Ritchie "All Night Long"

Art collections represented : Ar.Co  Private Collection ( Centro de arte e comunicação visual ) and EDP ART FOUNDATION/ MAAT, Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, Lisbon FUSO (Author -All rights to exhibition). Winning Award 2013 - FUSO/EDP ART FOUNDATION,2013.


Victor Jorge (Lisbon, 1971) completed a course in video/cinema and sound design at Ar.Co. He studied theater (F. C. Gulbenkian, Lisbon and the Method Studio, London) and dance at Rui Horta, Butho with Catherine Chu and Philosophy at the Nova University of Lisbon. He has exhibited his work in Portugal, the USA, Italy and France.

_SALOMÉ LAMAS (PT), A Torre, 2016, 8'

Perhaps Kolja´s experience of climbing to the top of the tree, of metamorphizing his (human) body with the tree (nature), exploring the boundary between the earth and the heavens, will confirm his purity of spirit, the grandiosity of idiots or the imbecility of mystics. Or is it all of the above? Perhaps it is a sign of the illuminated, or merely an elaborate suicide.


Salomé Lamas (Lisbon) studied cinema in Lisboa and Prague, visual arts in Amsterdam and is pursuing a doctorate in contemporary art studies in Coimbra. Her work has been exhibited not only at art fairs but also in film festivals such as the Berlinale, Museu Rainha Sofia, MNAC- Museu do Chiado, DocLisboa, Cinema du Réel, Visions du Réel, MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Harvard Film Archive, Arsenal Institut fur film und videokunst, Viennale, Culturgest, CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém, Museu Serralves, Tate Modern, CPH: DOX, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, Bozar, SESC São Paulo, MAAT and La Biennale di Venezia Architettura, among others. Lamas has received several scholarships such as The Gardner Film Study Center Fellowship – Harvard University, The Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, among others. She also collaborates with the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and with Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola.

_ALICE DOS REIS (PT) // The Real Estate Render Blackout, 2017, 9'

An unknown entity intentionally induces a virtual power cut in all 3D real estate renderings. Views of luxury interiors in almost absolute darkness follow as the environments’ virtual characters, real estate agencies, consumers and other entities are forced to face and adjust to their unexpectedly dark reality.


Alice dos Reis (Lisbon 1995) is an artist based in Amsterdam. She is currently studying a Masters in Fine Art at the Sandberg Instituut as a grantee of the Gulbenkian Foundation Grant for Arts Marsters and Research. Her diverse work, mainly in film, combines academic research and speculative fiction to comment on the intersection between digital platform image production and contemporary politics. Her work has been shown in several institutions and galleries across Europe, namely MAAT Mu-seum (Lisbon), EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam) and Spektrum - Art, Technology Community (Berlin).

_RITA FIGUEIREDO (PT) // The Great Attractor, 2017, 9'

“The Great attractor” is a film based on the myth of Icarus, which explores the relationship between the human, its planet, and the star that illuminates them. Divided into 3 movements, the film combines moving images which range from the 19th to the 21st centuries, covertly addressing the relationship of cinema to light, the human curiosity about the circular motion of human and celestial bodies, and their destruction.


Rita Figueiredo (1977, Lisbon, Portugal). Studied Plastic Arts and Cinema in London and New York. She works as a Film Director and Editor. Her shorts have been shown at national and international film festivals, and as part of video installations. The short “Silêncio de dois sons” (Silence of two sounds) was selected for IFFR – International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2012.

_BRUNO RAMOS (PT) // Better Life, 2013,6'

Better Life tells a twinned narrative of two struggles of service and citizenship. The audio captures the story of Bi-rendra M., a Nepalese man who served in the First Gulf War in a special division of the British army called the Gurkhas. This special unit has been active since 1857, but only recently have these soldiers been allowed to live in or even visit the United Kingdom. As we listen to his story, we see a social housing complex named after James Hammett, a union organizer in 19th-century England who was expatriated to Australia because of his work to improve conditions for farmers.  


Bruno Ramos was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1975. He studied photography, cinema and critical studies in contemporary art. Holds a Master degree in documentary filmmaking from Goldsmiths College in London passed with distinction. His work as a visual artist, mainly photography and video, has been developed and exhibited internationally. In 2006 he won the BES Revelation award in Portugal and in 2010 awarded the Gulbenkian Foundation development grant. He won the Fuso Videoarte jury award with his film Factory. Currently he works and lives in London.   

_JOÃO CRISTÓVÃO LEITÃO (PT) // O Retrato de Irineu, 2014, 4’ 

 Iraneus: unable to forget and endowed with an infallible memory.



Has an undergraduate degree in Theater (Dramaturgy) from the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, and a Masters in Multimedia Art (Audiovisuals) from the Faculdade de Belas Artes of the University of Lisbon. Currently he is pursuing a Doctorate at the same institution.  As a creative, he founded the performance collective 3.14 (2010-2012) and, in 2012, merges with the collective SillySeason. He regularly develops video art projects, which have been exhibited internationally and/or have received awards nationally. He is represented by the French platform Heure Exquise: Centre International pour les Arts Vídeo, and has collaborated with: Mole Wetherell (2012), Rabbit Hole (2014), VIDEOLOTION (2015-2017), Elmano Sancho (2015), Ana Jezabel and Antonio Torres (2017), Daniel Gorjão/Teatro do Vão (2017) and João Pedro Fonseca (2017).

_PEDRO MATIAS (PT) // I’m the drawing, you’re the reality, 2010, 2’34’’

“I am mostly drawing”. As an artist, I still see myself as a drawing person. This work is a statement and a new way of drawing myself. It’s necessary to have paper between my hand and me? Should I be the paper of my drawings? Another work in progress where I fight with new forms of self-portrait and where I look forward to find a new expression in my drawing.


Pedro Matias was born in 1984 in Lisbon, Portugal, in the period of awakening from an authoritarian regime. While growing up, Pedro felt his body and mind went in different directions. His brain became disembodied, living within an entity beyond itself, and his body falling short upon his expectations. After many years of refusing his own body, embodiment and his sexuality, Pedro discovers performativity in his practice works. Thus, since then, Pedro creates dialogues between object, body and space.

On Exhibition


Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Curatorship: Tau Tavengwa, Vyjayanthi Rao
We hold a major forum of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale every three years for the debate, discussion and dissemination of architecture that crosses geographic and disciplinary boundaries.
Colective Exhibition


The house and the domestic environment have been recurrent subjects in Mimi Tavares´ work
Solo show


Curatorship: Ana Matos
Temporary Exhibition

Painting rarefied the spirit

Curatorship: Hilda Frias
After an artistic residency at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, what you see here is the fruit of persistent work and research by Nelson Ferreira.
Solo show

Veloso Salgado

from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter

Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, MNAC e Elikya Kandot, Directora do museu de Boulogne-sur-mer
Exhibition Veloso Salgado from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter - integrated in the Portugal-France Season (Crusade)
Other places

Since 1911

An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.
111 years

Maria Eugénia & Francisco Garcia

A Colection

Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, Cristina Azevedo Tavares e Raquel Henriques da Silva
MNAC exhibits the collection of Maria Eugénia and Francisco Garcia
Temporary Exhibition