On Constellations: Reading Through the Gaps figures the most recent developments of Ana Linhares’ research on archival practice, storytelling and the deconstruction of colonial narratives. Through the use of different methodologies and experimental approaches, Linhares explores collections and archives with the aim to reflect on dominant historical narratives and positions that rely on a Western hegemonic legacy. In particular, the artist looks at a collection of objects owned by her great grandparents, a diplomat family who worked and traveled within the Portuguese colonies at the beginning of the twentieth century. Linhares takes up several of these questions and material, combining experimental research methodologies such as constellations montage, performative montage and lectures, with fragmentary narratives of collections and archives. The project investigates how acknowledging gaps and erasures within historical narratives can offer novel interpretations.
On Constellations: Reading through the Gaps; 2019; Montage table, Installation of research elements and lecture-performance: digital print on paper, text, lambda print, artist book, clay objects, wood, acrylic paint, video projection with audio; 90 x 80 x 110 cm (approximate measurements).

On Constellations: Reading through the Gaps

The research document is presented as an artist book and summarizes the research and artistic practice on the ongoing project 'On Constellations'.

Cabinet of Constellations: How to tell the story of a gap?

Solo exhibition at KUBIKGALLERY (26. Jan 2019 - 12 Mar. 2019)
‘Cabinet fo Constellations - How to tell the story of a gap?' constitutes an approach to narratives and a fragmentary imaginary of collections of images, objects and references gathered and organized since 2017. This show establishes an attempt to approach material and this historical burden in an interrogative way, experimenting montages, links and fictions. The exploration of archives and material develops in a processual and performative dynamics approaching research material in a montage table especially designed for this exhibit.
Ana  A. L. Linhares

Ana A. L. Linhares

25 juni 1990
  1. Artist statement; wat is je specialisme, wat maakt jouw werk uniek?

    Ana Linhares' artistic practice and research focus on archival practice, storytelling and the deconstruction of colonial narratives. The project 'On Constellations: Reading through the Gaps' sets an attempt to explore a colonial history and archival analysis through storytelling and a family story, but also an attempt to consider a collection of items outside their context and their unfolding potential.
    This is were methodology and an atlas montage approach ‘came to play’ and became a significant part not only of my practice but also my research. It eventually led me to performative research. The work goes through a set of methodologies and experimental approaches to collections and archives reconsidering narratives and positions in history dominated by a Western hegemonic legacy. The research focuses on a collection of objects owned by diplomat family members who worked and traveled in Portuguese former colonies. These items were acquired, used and collected through the years until their context and History became blurred.
    The work approach archiving practices and colonial history, temporality and transhistoricity, making use of methodologies that can potentiate alternative readings, montages and glimpses of hidden narratives.

  2. Wat zijn je ambities? Wat wil je over vijf jaar bereikt hebben?

    I intend to invest in my artistic practice, take part in projects, collaborations and residencies, as well as, take part in production and assistance with art and learning institutions.

  3. Wat is het belangrijkste dat je hebt geleerd tijdens je studie?

    The MA in Fine Arts & Design allowed me to expand my artistic practice and delve on research in art.

  4. Overzicht van publicaties / exposities / prijzen / concerten / voorstellingen etc.

    Ana Linhares (b. 1990, Portugal), lives in Utrecht and works between Porto and the Netherlands. She holds a BA in Fine Arts (Painting) from the School of Fine Arts of University of Porto (2012) and an MA in Fine Arts & Design by the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (2019). Linhares’ current research is focused on archives, image and storytelling crossing colonial narratives. Her work embraces diverse media such as installation, moving and still image as well as text. Her recent landmark solo exhibitions include Cabinet of Constellations: How to tell the story of a gap? (KubikGallery, Porto, 2019); Arena (KubikGallery, Porto, 2014); Smultronstället (Foundation Júlio Resende, Gondomar, 2013). Ana Linhares’ work has been part of numerous group projects since 2012, such as Entre a Forma e o Conceito (Galeria Luisa Strina+KubikGallery, São Paulo, 2019). Her solo exhibition Cabinet of Constellations was nominated for Prize Novo Banco Revelação 2018 and exhibited at Serralves in Porto. In 2018 Linhares received Fundacíon ENAIRE Residency awards exhibition (Madrid, Spain). In 2016 Linhares co-curated ‘Tarmacadame’ — Part I & II, a group exhibition in Porto’s city center in a set of old offices as a way to collectively intervene with transitional spaces for cultural production. Since 2013 she is a resident artist at KubikGallery (Porto) and currently a fellow with a grant from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal). Besides her studies and artistic research, Ana Linhares undergoes internship at Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam).