Visual Arts

Talk with Catarina Alves Costa about Makonde art

— Parallel program to the exhibition 'Nanquim preto sobre fundo branco' by João Ayres

Galeria Zé dos Bois

©Bruno Lopes

Galeria Zé dos Bois receives Catarina Alves Costa, director of the documentary “Margot”, about the ethnologist Margot Dias, who, between 1958 and 1961, took part in four ethnographic missions to the extreme north of Mozambique. During this period, Margot Dias filmed and recorded hundreds of minutes, unique visual and sound records of Makonde culture. In ‘Margot’, Catarina Alves Costa went to meet the Makonde who live today in the outskirts of Maputo city.

This talk is part of the parallel program of the exhibition Nanquim preto sobre fundo branco [‘Black ink on white background’] by João Ayres, where, alongside a set of paintings and drawings produced between 1947 and 1959 in Mozambique, a selection of Makonde statuary is presented – part of the private collection started by Frederico Ayres – which recreates folkloric, traditional and cultural references to the time, running through the whole body of work on display.

Catarina Alves Costa

Catarina Alves Costa is a director and anthropologist. She directed, among other films, Senhora Aparecida (1994), Swagatam (1998), Mais Alma (2000), O Arquitecto e a Cidade Velha (2004), Nacional 206 (2009) Falamos de António Campos (2010), Pedra e Cal (2016) and Viagem aos Makonde (2017). She holds an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester and a PhD from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is an Assistant Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, coordinator of the MA in Anthropology – Visual Cultures and of the Audiovisual Laboratory, FCSH. She also teaches in the Masters and PhD programs at the University of São Paulo, Brazil and at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Barcelona.

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