Musa paradisiaca is a dialogue-based artistic project by Eduardo Guerra and Miguel Ferrão. Founded on temporary partnerships with individual and collective entities of varying competence, Musa paradisiaca assumes different formats, while always maintaining a discursive and participatory reference. Hence, it proposes to gradually construct a thinking family which is revealed by many shapes and voices.

Musa paradisiaca’s work has been presented at various national and international exhibitions, sessions and presentations, namely “Alma-Bluco”, an individual exhibition at CRAC Alsace (Altkirch, França, 2015), “Come back Sir, you’re not from that world. Please come back Sir, you’re from this world”, an individual exhibition at Dan Gunn Gallery (Berlin, Germany, 2014), “Machines’ Audition / Flowers’ Audition”, individual exhibitions at Kunsthalle Lissabon and 3+1 Contemporary Art Gallery (Lisbon, Portugal, 2014), “Conversations: Recent Portuguese Art in the Serralves Collection”, group exhibition at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto, Portugal, 2016), “Odd objects: Essay on Proto- sculpture”, group exhibition at José de Guimarães International Arts Centre (Guimarães, Portugal, 2016), “The Coming Museum”, a group exhibition at Fórum Eugénio de Almeida (Évora, Portugal, 2015), “Le lynx ne connaît pas de frontières”, a group exhibition at Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard (Paris, France, 2015), “Canteen—Machine”, a performance at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto, Portugal, 2015), “How to catch a fugitive? — Exhibition of conversable objects”, a performance at CAM – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal, 2013) and “Impossible tasks (The Servant of the Cenacle)”, a performance at Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France, 2013).

Musa paradisiaca was supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Visual Arts Grant, in 2012 and 2016, shortlisted for EDP Foundation New Artists Prize, in 2013, and shortlisted for SONAE Media Art Award, in 2014.

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Eduardo Guerra (Lisbon, 1986) | Miguel Ferrão (Lisbon, 1986)

 

SESSIONS

2016
Caça, Êxtase, Fome, Walk&Talk Gallery, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Portugal
How to catch a fugitive, José de Guimarães International Arts Centre, Guimarães, Portugal (curated by Nuno Faria)

2015
Canteen – Machine, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, ‘O Museu como Performance’, Porto, Portugal (curated by Ricardo Nicolau)
Ecstasy and Eden, Videoex Film Festival, Zurich, Switzerland (curated by João Laia)
Ecstasy and Eden, Fábrica de Pólvora, Vale de Milhaços, Portugal (curated by Filipa Oliveira)
I AM, Malmö Art Academy – Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden
Musa paradisiaca in conversation with Heidi Ballet, Dan Gunn, Berlin, Germany
How to catch a fugitive, ARCO Madrid, Dan Gunn, Madrid, Spain

2014
Souls’ commission, Palácio Foz, Lisbon, Portugal (curated by Pedro Lapa / Sofia Nunes)
Valdevinos after dead, Expedição, Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal (curated by Carmo Osul / Horácio Frutuoso / Hugo Soares / Jeremy Pajeanc / Maria Trabulo)

2013
How do you catch a fugitive? — Exhibition of conversable objects, CAM – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal (curated by Isabel Carlos / Rita Fabiana)
Impossible tasks (The Servant of the Cenacle), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (curated by Vittoria Matarrese)
Emulation play, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal

2012
Drop shooting, Old School, Lisbon, Portugal (curated by Susana Pomba)
Scripts revision: cicle of staged conversations + Assemblies, Curator’s Lab, Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012, Guimarães, Portugal (curated by Lígia Afonso)
The permanence of speech and action, www.musaparadisiaca.net

2011
The most beautiful party I’ve ever seen, Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon, Portugal | www.musaparadisiaca.net (curated by Lígia Afonso / Catarina Rosendo)
The speechless oracle, www.musaparadisiaca.net

2010
First smell, first thought, www.musaparadisiaca.net

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Masters of Velocity, Dan Gunn, Berlin, Germany

2015
Alma-Bluco, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France (curated by Elfi Turpin)

2014
Come back Sir, you’re not from that world. Please come back Sir, you’re from this world., Dan Gunn, Berlin, Germany
Flowers’ audition, 3+1 Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Machines’ audition, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal (curated by Luís Silva / João Mourão)

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Conversations: Recent Portuguese Art in the Serralves Collection, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (curated by Suzanne Cotter and Ricardo Nicolau)
Off the beaten track, José de Guimarães International Art Centre, Guimarães, Portugal (curated by Nuno Faria)
Odd objects: An Essay on Proto-sculpture, José de Guimarães International Art Centre, Guimarães, Portugal (curated by Nuno Faria and f.marquespenteado)
Labyrinth and Echo: Permanent Collection and Other Works, José de Guimarães International Art Centre, Guimarães, Portugal (curated by Nuno Faria)
Ponto de Partida: Uma Selecção de Obras da Colecção de Arte Contemporânea Figueiredo Ribeiro, Galeria Municipal Quartel, Abrantes, Portugal (curated by João Silvério)

2015
SONAE Media Art Prize, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal (curated by Emília Tavares)
ISSO — In one way or another, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, Portugal (curated by Eduardo Matos)
All Rights Reserved: Coisas do Mundo na Coleção Norlinda e José Lima, Oliva Creative Factory, S. João da Madeira, Portugal (curated by Miguel Amado)
The Coming Museum, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal (curated by Filipa Oliveira)
Le lynx ne connaît pas de frontières, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris, France (curated by Joana Neves)
El buen caligrama, The Goma, Madrid, Spain (curated by Bruno Leitão)

2014
Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France (curated by Elfi Turpin / Filipa Oliveira)

2013
EDP Novos Artistas Prize, Galeria Fundação EDP, Porto, Portugal (curated by Filipa Oliveira, João Pinharanda and Sérgio Mah)
Novo Novo México, Palha de Abrantes, Abrantes, Portugal
The perpetual interview, 1a Avenida, Edifício Axa, Porto, Portugal (curated by Ricardo Nicolau / Filipa Loureiro)
Apesar de tudo, nunca se sentia só ou triste, o futuro fazia-lhe companhia ou Le petit Lenormand (cartomancia e probabilidade), Vera Cortês Art Agency, Lisbon, Portugal (curated by Luís Silva)

2012
Tem calma o teu país está a desaparecer, ZDB Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal (curated by Natxo Checa)

 

RESIDENCIES

2016
BoCA, Lisbon (Portugal)
Horanggasy Creative Studio, Gwangju (South Korea)
Walk&Talk, São Miguel, Azores (Portugal)
2015
RAUM, www.raum.pt / Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon (Portugal)
2014
Gunpowder Factory, Vale de Milhaços (Portugal)
2013
Essentia Foundation, Príncipe (São Tomé and Príncipe)
2012
Portuguese Cultural Centre – Camões Institute, São Tomé (São Tomé and Príncipe)
Novo Novo México, Palha de Abrantes, Abrantes (Portugal)
Curator’s Lab – European Capital of Culture 2012, Guimarães (Portugal)

 

GRANTS / AWARDS

2016
Grant to Visual Arts (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)
2015
SONAE Media Art Prize (shortlisted)
2013
EDP Novos Artistas Prize (shortlisted)
2012
Grant to Visual Arts (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)

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