projectos / projects

Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida and Humberto Brito | Casa da Avenida
Escola EB Lima de Freitas, Viso, Setúbal

Image: Humberto Brito.

Between October and January 22/23, photographer Humberto Brito and I were resident artists at Lima de Freitas High School, Viso, Setúbal, in a Casa da Avenida initiative (National Plan for the Arts).


Ficção a partir de imagens | Brotéria

 Imagem: Carmo Oliveira.

One of the most important things in the process of creating my books is seeing and thinking about images I find in photobooks, photo albums or paintings. In these sessions, I discussed the process of writing fiction from images.

serrote ao vivo | Instituto Moreira Salles


Reading-performance O que é ser uma escritora negra hoje, de acordo comigo and Conversation with Adriana Ferreira da Silva. Imagens: IMS.

serrote ao vivo

With Carla Santana, Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida, Hurtmold, Igor de Albuquerque, Igor Reyner, Jaime Lauriano, Paloma Vidal and Veridiana Scarpelli.
A special edition of
serrote conceived for the stage, with readings, music, performances and visual arts.

2022-23 (com Carla Santana e Stephanie Borges)

Lisboa Mesma Outra Cidade | Ghost Editions

Harshly affected by austerity, radically transformed by tourism and the financialisation of housing, Lisbon has undergone profound changes over the last decade. Photographing the city today, between what it has become and what it is becoming, makes it possible to illuminate the blind spot that is the present and to reflect (on) its state. Lisboa Mesma Outra Cidade brings together six photographic essays and three literary essays that introduce a plurality of ways of seeing and, by doing so, bring our representations of the city right up to date.

Authors (Photographs): António Júlio Duarte, Beatriz Banha, Hugo Barros, Mariana Viegas, Pauliana Valente Pimentel, Pedro Letria
Authors (Texts): Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida, Joana Braga, Patrícia Portela
Editors: David-Alexandre Guéniot & Catarina Botelho 
Translation: Rahul Bery
Design: vivóeusébio
Format: 310 x 235 mm, 268 pp.
Edition: 500 copies  
Language: Portuguese/English

ISBN: 978-989-54422-8-7

Fotolivro de cabeceira com Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida | Biblioteca de Fotografia, Instituto Moreira Salles


"The most we can ask of a book is that it gives us back our story in some way," says Angolan writer Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida, commenting in this new video in the Fotolivro de Cabeceira series on the second edition of Ma vie va changer (Ghost, 2011), by Patrícia Almeida and David-Alexandre Guéniot. Between 2011 and 2013, they collected newspaper clippings about the world events — the Arab Spring, the arrival of the "troika" (a financial rescue program led by the IMF, the European Union and the European Central Bank) in Portugal, Greece and Ireland, the earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan, the citizens' movements around the world against austerity policies — and they combined these images with family photos to create an album dedicated to his son and a friend of his about this past (his present when the first edition was published in 2015) and an uncertain future. "It could be an album of my family during the same years [...]. This book is the most powerful artistic object that has been made in Portugal about the 'troika' years," says Djaimilia. The second edition marks the passing of Patrícia, the almost adulthood of her son, and has radically changed its format - from an album to a paperback: "[the book now] doesn't unfold, it has shrunk and retracted. It proposes a 'one-to-one' relationship", as Guéniot writes.

Tudo o que eu quero — Artistas portuguesas de 1900 a 2020 | Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

TUDO O QUE EU QUERO - Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida from Ânimo Leve on Vimeo.

Two hundred works of art from 40 Portuguese women artists created between the start of the 20th century and our days will be reunited in this grand exhibition, as part of the Cultural Programme of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Important figures like Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Lourdes Castro, Paula Rego, Ana Vieira, Salette Tavares, Helena Almeida, Joana Vasconcelos, Maria José Oliveira, Fernanda Fragateiro, Sónia Almeida and Grada Kilomba, among many others, are represented in this exhibition, which includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, objects, books, installations, film and video, offering a wide perspective of each of their artistic realms.

The title of the exhibition, All I want – Portuguese Women Artists from 1900 to 2020, is inspired by Lou Andreas-Salomé, an author who developed one of the most notable reflections on the role of women in the social, intellectual, sexual and loving space of the past centuries, thus placing these artists closer to a spirit of subtlety, affirmation and power. Against all obstacles, these artists of different generations and sensibilities have earned their place, due to the strength and quality of their artistic proposals. Celebrating this achievement requires resisting the illustrative approach suggested by a representation that is generic (women artists) and national (Portuguese). But it also reminds us that, in the 21st century, nothing is consolidated as far as gender equality is concerned and that these works are elements of a long collective effort for the right to full artistic existence.

Curated by Helena de Freitas and Bruno Marchand on behalf of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, this exhibition is a joint initiative with the Ministry of Culture and will also be presented at the Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré in Tours, as part of the programme of Temporada Cruzada Portugal-França.