CONTEMPORARY ARTIST AND CURATOR
Portuguese artist and curator interested in feminism. Living and working at England. With a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and an MA in Curation and History of Art.
Once upon a time, and Now! Invites you to rediscover the history of women with the influence of the Goddess Isis, an Ancient Egyptian deity.
Exalting the female image as the protagonist, contemporary artists propose new visions that contradict the misconceptions of a patriarchal society. Exploring the belief that gender equality is an integral order of the divine, a visual discourse about motherhood and womanhood is explored to open contemporary debate, encompassing the importance of women’s role in society, arts, and politics.
Isis was an omniscient deity endowed with magical powers. Her supremacy over all the gods reflected the recognized status of Egyptian women. ‘Wiser than a million gods’, Isis had complete knowledge of the heavens and the earth. She was the daughter, wife, and mother of Egypt’s most powerful gods: Geb, Osiris, and Horus respectively. Yet she also incorporated human qualities – a natural balance of good and evil – that ordinary women could relate to.
This exhibition combines and juxtaposes different historical cultures and beliefs in order to rethink women’s liberation by listening to their glories and sufferings throughout history.
Inês Mourato, 2020
Once upon a time, and Now! developed from a curatorial internship (University of Kent, Canterbury). The aim was to produce an exhibition within an academic year to take place at the Studio 3 Gallery (School of Arts, Canterbury). However, due to the pandemic, the curatorial team had to quickly reconfigure the exhibition into a virtual platform. The challenges and issues we faced created a stiff learning curve and provided an opportunity to develop flexible and creative solutions to the promotion of the show and online experience. The full potential of online shows has been fast tracked by the current pandemic. However, it has provided an opportunity to experiment with and create the new “gallery” or art space. Portfolio (download bellow) reflects these concerns and issues. It shows insights into the organisation of the exhibition, presenting the diary of the curator and her reflections on the completed project.
Within the context of the exhibition, interviews were organised to enhance understanding of the artists and academic documentation of the project. These were shared on the exhibition’s instagram and on the exhibition’s online platform. (Please click on the names to read through the interviews)
Collaboration work between Inês Mourato and Nicole Wassall recently accepted to be part of the Female Artists Club exhibition in Belgium
Floating Narratives is a silver birch branch mobile that holds two hand-carved woodblock disks. Its concept was influenced by In Dispraise of the Moon, Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861-1906), a poem that dares to challenge the audience by exaggerating a point to make one.
We picked on the moon and the sun to observe how projections of masculine and feminine contradict each other across cultures. Mourato’s disk is influenced by Coleridge poem which draws an Anglo European audience into a contemporaneous narrative; where the sun is masculine and strong and the moon is feminine and weak. Wassall’s disk reverses the narrative by focussing on Australian Aboriginal dreamtime stories that treats the sun as a positive feminine force and the moon as a lazy fat man.
The woodblocks are positioned strategically to provoke discourse, questioning the nature and influence of floating narratives.
This is a collaboration piece between Nicole Wassall and Inês Mourato. Keen to explore a shared interest in feminism, historic narratives and learn about each other’s skill sets, this highbred piece joins the art of printmaking, from Mourato’s practice and ‘object art’ from Nicole’s.
In Dispraise of the Moon
Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861-1906)
I would not be the Moon, the sickly thing,
To summon owls and bats upon the wing;
For when the noble Sun is gone away,
She turns his night into a pallid day.
She hath no air, no radiance of her own,
That world unmusical of earth and stone.
She wakes her dim, uncolored, voiceless hosts,
Ghost of the Sun, herself the sun of ghosts.
The mortal eyes that gaze too long on her
Of Reason’s piercing ray defrauded are.
Light in itself doth feed the living brain;
That light, reflected, but makes darkness plain.
Detail disk of Woman as the moon by Inês Mourato. She is seen as the reflection of the sun and the “other”. She has no light of her own, thus she is unheard and unseen. She is dependent on the sun’s brightness and she follows its movement. The moon is feminine and weak; the moon is woman.
Detail disk of woman carrying the sun by Nicole Wassall.
Detail disk of man as the sun, the light of the day. He is masculine, he is able. He is strong of word. He is confident to write history, without mentioning hers. He is able and dominant. The one that guides the light. He is superior, he is the sun and he is the man.
Curated by Inês Mourato and Elena Portius
Self.identify is an online exhibition that promotes the art of printmaking. The show consists of autobiographical works that creatively question the self within society and culture and history. It provokes questions, such as: Who am I? How am I seen by others? What makes me different? Where am I from? What do I want? What do I need? What makes me happy?…
The exhibition’s zine explores how society divides people into categories. We are often asked questions that should not define us: What is your marital status? What is your gender? What is your sexual orientation? What is your religion or belief? What is your ethnic origin?
Why is this relevant?!?
THE MOON AND THE SUN
PRINT RELIEF IN HANDMADE PAPER
Handprinted relief print
The moon and the sun is a relief print that explores the female figure as the earth, the sky and everything within. Following Nancy Spero’s idea where woman is here the protagonist, both male and female.
Out of Isolation reflects on current events related to the pandemic. It was exhibited at all four campuses of the University for the Creative Arts (Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester). The exhibitions were open to staff and students only to prevent physical interaction between the public. The project aim was to bring art and people together, a response to the long period of isolation. The exhibitions were curated by Georgina Scott and Amy Owen.
The UCA Graduate Programme was a placement for recent graduate students keen to work in a professional environment. My input on this project was to independently work on the exhibition’s catalogue, labels; and to collaboratively produce a poster and advertising content for the online platforms.
As the exhibition was closed to the outside public, the publicity of the shows had to be reduced. The curators discussed the issue of having people interested in the show and not being able to access it. Therefore, we proposed virtual tours and the open to download a PDF version of the exhibition catalogue.
Giff illustration of the poster.