The Field/Works exhibition has been initiated by ANTART (Anthropology and the Arts Network within EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists) committed to advance the scholarship, discussion, and presence of anthropological approaches to the arts and of artistic approaches to anthropology. The exhibition has been curated by Jen Clarke, Anna Laine and Maxime Le Calvé, in collaboration with Fernando Dias and Jorge dos Reis from FBAUL. It has been funded by EASA, as part of the EASA2020 conference. We would like to thank EASA for this support, and for the conference admin and support from Nomad IT.
The project will be continued next year in Lisbon (2021) with a physical exhibition of artworks at FBAUL (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon).
Anna Laine, Stockholm, holds a PhD in social anthropology and is trained as photographer and artist. She explores possible and impossible combinations of academic and artistic ways of working and suggests experimental strategies where the not yet known can emerge. Her main subject matter has been Tamil contemporary art and material culture, located in South Asia as well as in the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. Laine published the book ‘Practicing Art and Anthropology: A Transdisciplinary Journey’ in 2018, and is currently investigating casteism through collaborative photographic and curatorial practices.
Fernando Rosa Dias
Professor of Art History at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, and a permanent member of the Centre for Research and Studies in Fine Arts. Ph.D. in Art History in 2008 (A nova-figuração nas artes plásticas em Portugal, 1958–1975), and Masters in Contemporary art History in 1997 (Ecos expressionistas: A pintura portuguesa Entre-Guerras, 1914–1940; published in 2011). Has published books about the artists António Dacosta (2016) and Santa Rita Pintor (2020), and has also edited books on the theory of image, research in the arts and Portuguese Modernism. In 2015, he created the journal Convocart.
Jennifer Clarke is an anthropologist, practicing artist and educator. Her teaching and public work combine and explore the borders of art and anthropology. Currently a Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies at Gray’s School of Art, she has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen, an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics from Goldsmiths College, London, and a degree in Literature from the University of Glasgow. Jen’s work responds to entangled ecological, social and feminist issues with public and pedagogical research-creation projects involving residencies, workshops and contemporary art exhibitions. Current art projects include Speculative Fiction: Practicing Collectivity a critical feminist experiment in collective filmmaking with Japanese and Scottish artists, and an exhibition organized by Back and Forth Collective. Recent research projects include a Postdoctoral Fellowship on the ERC-funded “Knowing from the Inside: art anthropology, architecture and design” led by Prof. Tim Ingold; her projects responded to post-disaster Japan, including site-specific installations and exhibitions in Japan, Taiwan and Scotland (Kenreitei Gallery Turnaround, Anatomy Rooms) and a short book, 交流 kōryū, as well as academic publications. Jen has been awarded a Research Fellowship at the University of Tohoku for 2021 to continue developing a project on Feminist Hospitalities. Jen is a Convenor for the EASA ANTART Network, and is also the Chair of the Board for the Scottish Sculpture Workshop.
Jorge dos Reis
Jorge dos Reis served as a letterpress typography apprentice with a chief typographer from the National Printing House at an old composing and printing workshop in Cais do Sodré, Lisbon. Began his career by collaborating with designer Robin Fior in Lisbon and typographer Alan Kitching in London; settled his own studio in 1996. He attended the National Conservatory in António Wagner’s singing class studying with the composers Jorge Peixinho and Paulo Brandão while graduating in Communication Design at FBAUL. Jorge dos Reis has a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art in London, a Master in Sociology of Communication from ISCTE, and a Doctorate from the University of Lisbon. He is currently an Assistant Professor at FBAUL, where he founded and directs the master in contemporary editorial and typographic practices.
Maxime Le Calvé
Maxime Le Calvé is a postdoctoral research associate at the Excellence Cluster «Matters of Activity» with a project about the crafting of digital matter in image-based surgery and virtual reality design. He defended his PhD in November 2018 in Social Anthropology and in Theater Studies, at EHESS Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a BA+MA in Ethnology from the University Paris Nanterre. An ethnographer at heart, Maxime has been conducting fieldwork in various contexts: electronic music venues, ateliers of visual artists, the streets of Berlin, opera houses, and surgical operations rooms. His writing is influenced by phenomenology and American pragmatism. He has edited a volume on phenomena of atmospheres in social situations. Inspired by artists that he could observe in action, he makes use of drawings in his own scientific work.
Ana Margarida Matos
Ana Margarida Matos is a young graphic designer and illustrator from Póvoa de Santa Iria, Lisbon. In the summer of 2019, Ana graduated in Communication Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon and today, she’s taking her Master’s Degree also on FBAUL. Besides graphic design, Ana participated on several art exhibitions, (individual and collective), showing her drawings and cartoons.
Fátima Pais is graduated in Sciences of Informations and Documentation and is now studying Contemporary Editorial and Typographical Practices (master) at FBAUL. Works in the National Library of Portugal’s Editorial Service in which assures editorial projects, reviews and normalization of the publications. Simultaneously works as manager of National Library’s editions merchandise and stocks.
Francisca Rodrigues is a graphic designer that loves books, especially if they are printed. Graduated in graphic arts and specialized in editorial design from ESTT — Instituto Politécnico de Tomar in 2011, she’s currently taking her Masters in editorial design and typography at FBAUL — University of Lisbon. In addition to collaborating with design and architecture studios, she has been working with contemporary art galleries, museums and art collectives in the production of content for communication, catalogs and editorial material to support exhibitions and events.
Gil Rodrigues is a designer based in Lisbon, where he’s doing his Masters in editorial design and typography at the University of Lisbon · FBAUL. He graduated in design from the University of Brasília (UnB). He was a DAAD scholarship holder from 2016–2017 in Leipzig’s Faculty of Fine-Arts and took part in the type design master class. Since 2015 he’s been working passionately on branding, editorial, graphic, and type design.
Joana Jesus is a designer based in Lisbon, recently graduated from the course of Communication Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon (2016-2019). Currently, she is working on her Master’s Degree in Editorial and Typographical Contemporary Practices. When not working on her projects, Joana likes to relax and read with her dog.
Maria Carolina Silva
Maria Carolina Silva is a young graphic designer established in Lisbon. She has a bachelors degree in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts/Faculdade de Belas Artes, University of Lisbon (2016-2019). Being very passionate about type and editorial design, she’s currently finishing her masters degree on Editorial and Typographical Contemporary Practices, also from the afore mentioned faculty.