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JUN 2019

MIRA FORUM, Porto, Portugal

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Member of the jury committee of MIRA ARTISTIC RESIDENCY 2019.

© Yuki Jungesblut, Murmurings, installation view, MIRA Forum, 2020


17 JUL, 2019 — 25 AGO, 2019

MIRA FORUM Gallery and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation propose an artistic residence for three months in Porto. The two entities consider contemporary creation a groundwork for the plural development of citizenship. MIRA FORUM is a gallery basically related to photography, founded in 2013 by Manuela Matos Monteiro and João Lafuente. Hundreds of artists have presented their work at around 80 exhibitions, 55 talks, 53 book launches, 43 concerts, 3 travel talks, 18 workshops, 30 photo walks, 7 international photography contests and dozens of art residencies. Artistic residences are also important in MIRA’s intervention and are focused on research, artistic production and cultural sharing. The projects are developed through the provision of creation, research and residential space.


Ana Catarina Pinho

José Maçãs de Carvalho

Manuela Matos Monteiro


RECIPIENT: Yuki Jungesblut

During her guest residency at MIRA FORUM Yuki Jungesblut took the Nanban period as a point of departure to explore the Porto of today and investigate traces, imaginations and echoes of Japan whilst at the same time also being in the situation of encountering a new land and people. With a particular interest in the everyday and in staged public spaces she spent her time exploring the notions of discovery, history, travel, the sea, the foreign and the exotic, believe and doubt and a range of emotions which might be related or not.

The exhibition now takes the appearance of a work in progress, of a set that is still in the making, secretly still on the move, an investigation that is not yet finished. “Murmerings” reframes a selection of the images that came about in the context of the residency, set into relation with each other through the prism of this “Nanban case”. Filling the former storage space that is now MIRA FORUM with a web of associations it juxtaposes images, which operate on a metaphorical level, with photographic notes of cultural crossovers, combines observations of the everyday with fantastic investigations of stones, strolls into botany, a collection of historical anecdotes and a selection of appropriated poems, which she encountered during her research, as well as a range of ready made objects and artefacts found.


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