Carla Filipe

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuerpia: cruzamentos historicos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuerpia + Belgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno, Porto

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Carla Filipe | Harbour of Antuerpia: cruzamentos historicos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuerpia + Belgica, 2014
    Installation view at Murias Centeno, Porto

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

  • Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos / Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica, 2014
    installation view at Murias Centeno

This installation presents two sets of drawings and collages completed during the artist ́s residency at Air Antwerp. Carla Filipe presents a portrait of the city of Antwerp, projecting an approach of historical nature that lies in the city’s waterfront an initial focus but whose reach extends far beyond its geographical boundaries.

“Harbour of Antuérpia: cruzamentos históricos”

This installation presents a set of drawings and collage on impressions of Antwerp, projecting a historical approach to the environment surrounding the residency house. Its focus lies in the city’s waterfront but whose reach extends far beyond its geographical boundaries.

The research focus on documents acquired and found in Antwerp, collecting notebooks from the 60s with varied subjects ranging from history to fashion and modeling studies (also one of the iconic images of the city). From this documentation the artist conceives a dilated chronological approach, retreating until the times of our overseas expansion, the creation of the Portuguese factory in Flanders and the decisive impact that this had on the growth of Antwerp, projecting the city as the “economic center of the world” during the 16th century.

The port of Antwerp also contains a small chapter in the history of Judaism. Many of the Portuguese Jews, expelled from the country between 1492 and 1497, fled to Antwerp, and played a significant role in the cultural and economic development of the Netherlands.

Focusing in a foreign city, this study turns out to be a way for the artist – for the above reasons – to better understand her own.

“Quatre mois dagelijks sur Antuérpia + Bélgica”

The title of this group of works is composed using three different languages: French, Flemish (Dutch) and the Portuguese, the native language of Filipe, expressed in the name of the city and the country. The linguistic amalgam presented in this title aims to counter the “border” between northern and southern Belgium, the division that we replicate in an Europe that, paradoxically to the socio-economical models, appears increasingly marked by regionalism.

This work consists of collages and drawings with observations and experiences from Filipe ́s residency in this Flemish city. The set of media used, ranging from a wide variety of paper, cards, until magazine clippings that the artist put together, plastically translating the dialogue between materials purchased in stores, bookshops, or simply found.