Messianism Of National Megalomania Issue#2 Portugal


Messianism Of National Megalomania – Issue#2 Portugal is the second issue of a series of performances that deal with the colonial past of different countries. For this second issue the work will be looking at Portugal and the ways its population have been led to romantically remember the country’s colonial past. The performance uses processes of mimicry and mockery special in relation to the ways the former PortugueseSODA colonies and their cultures are still perceived today by Portuguese Institutions.

Choreography and Performance: Marcio Carvalho

Marcio Carvalho

Born in Lagos in 1981, he currently lives and works between Berlin and Lisbon. Carvalho’s artistic practice is primarily focused on collective technologies and practices of remembering and how they influence individual and group memory of past events. He is interested on the different modes of public commemorations, specially mnemonic signs and systems, that we engage with on a daily basis, to embody, represent and reenact specific narratives of the past. A special focus is granted to mnemonic signs and systems – monuments, statues, books, films, photographies, photo-albums, exhibits and other symbolic structures – that commemorate the influences of history on the formation of autobiographical and collective memory. He has presented his art work extensively in four different continents notably at Ravy Biennial (Cameroon), Thessaloniki Biennial (Thessaloniki), Berlin Biennial (Berlin), Curitiba Biennial (Curitiba), Gemäldegalerie (Berlin), Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo), Live Biennial (Vancouver), Tanz in August (Berlin), Steirischer Herbst Festival (Graz), Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum (Turku), 7a11d Festival (Toronto), Project Arts Centre of Contemporary Art (Dublin), Maxim Gorki Theater (Berlin).