There are People on the Track
Launch of the book Há Gente na Via (Volume I)
with Carla Filipe, Maria do Mar Fazenda and Miguel von Hafe Pérez
The first volume of a collection in the artist’s book format, Há Gente Na Via (Volume I) [There are People on the Track (1st Volume)], which is made up of photography and texts, focuses mainly on the universe of the Portuguese railways and is based on an archive of photographs by Carla Filipe compiled between 2005 and 2022. The artist’s book has been chosen as the medium for the exhibition of the photographs, accompanied by diverse texts, following a meta-linguistic methodology that seeks to put the subject matter into perspective and widen the field of reflection through new discursive meanings.
Taken from rail-related terminology, the expression “there are people on the track” was seen as a warning aimed at guaranteeing the safety of the train line. Protecting the railway line means keeping it free for the circulation of trains, thus ruling out circulation-related accidents or delays. Pedestrian access is currently limited to a small number of railway lines, with access to the tracks progressively restricted by a safety system consisting of bridges, tunnels and signage, aimed at keeping the possibility of access to a minimum.
Carla Filipe (Póvoa do Valado, 1973) is an artist. She holds a licentiate degree in Fine Arts (Sculpture) from Porto University and a master’s degree in Contemporary Artistic Practice from the same establishment. She co-founded the spaces Salão Olímpico (2003–2005) and O Projecto Apêndice (2006), both in Porto. In 2009 she completed an artistic residency at Acme Studios in London on a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She has also fulfilled residencies at AIR Antwerpen (Antwerp, 2014), the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Captiva, Florida, 2015), and at the Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna, Austria, 2017). Of her numerous individual and group exhibitions, the most noteworthy are: Amanhã não há arte (maat, Lisbon, 2019); da cauda à cabeça (Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisboa, 2014); FARSA. Língua, fratura, ficção: Brasil–Portugal (SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, 2020), Live Uncertainty (32nd São Paulo Biennial, 2016); and Mom, Am I Barbarian? (13th Istanbul Biennial, 2013). In 2011 she was selected for the EDP Foundation New Artists Award. Other artist’s books by Carla Filipe, a medium she has used frequently in her work, are Imagens Sangradas (Portuguese Consulate in São Paulo, Brazil, 2016); Fascículos (Galeria Solar, Vila do Conde, Portugal, 2015) and As Primas da Bulgária (Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, 2013).
Maria do Mar Fazenda (Lisbon, 1977) holds a degree from The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2002). Having completed a post-graduate course in Curatorial Studies at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/University of Lisbon (2005), she began her curatorial work in different exhibition contexts. She is currently completing a Doctoral Degree Course in Art Studies at the New University of Lisbon. She won the first edition of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/CAPACETE scholarship programme (2009) and was also a Science and Technology Foundation grant holder (2014–2017). In 2007 she was a prize-winner in the New Curators/Contemporary Art initiative and also won the Júlio Pomar Museum-Atelier/EGEAC Curatorial Prize in 2015.
Miguel von Hafe Pérez (Porto, 1967) studied Art History at Porto University, gaining a licentiate degree. A curator and essayist, he oversaw the area of the Arts, Architecture and City for the Porto European Capital of Culture initiative in 2001. He was the curator for the Portuguese representation at the 25th São Paulo Biennial in 2002 with the art project Poço dos Murmúrios by João Tabarra. From 2002 to 2005, he was a member of the curatorial board at the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, in Barcelona, Spain. He was director of the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art (CGAC) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2009–2015). From 2013 to 2018 he was also consultant to the Fundación ARCO Collection, Madrid. More recently, he has taken on the role of curator for, amongst others, the exhibitions a sul de hoje – contemporary Portuguese art (without Portugal) (Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris); Julião Sarmento. No fio da respiração (Matosinhos Municipal Gallery, Matosinhos); Álvaro Lapa. No Tempo Todo (Serralves Museum, Porto); Criteria. Works from the Fundacíon ARCO Collection (Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria, Lisbon); Pedro Tudela. Awdiˈtɔrju (maat, Lisbon); Miguel Palma (Ainda) O Desconforto Moderno (Museu Berardo, Lisbon); and Velvetnirvana (Pavilhão Branco, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon).