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Eclipse Online: Slate World — Lisbon: Social, Fri 12 Jun

Slate World — Lisbon: Social

Being a Black Artist during Quarantine

Fri 12 Jun, 7.30 - 9pm

Online session — Zoom link to be sent after booking

Places are limited for this event. To book a place email or to ask any questions, please email by Thur 11 Jun.

This friendly conversation between Slate World Lisbon Enabler Alesa Herero and Melissa Rodrigues offers an opportunity to get to know their work and debate on how black artists are dealing with quarantine. What does it mean to us? What are the consequences of this specific moment to the different levels of our personal and professional life?

Melissa Rodrigues was born in Cape Verde, 1985, lives and works in Porto, Portugal.

Melissa is performer, art-educator, member of the Cultural Association RAMPA, the InterStruct Collective and NARP (Núcleo Anti-Racista do Porto) and currently integrates the team of curators of the Anuário 2020, invited by Galeria Municipal do Porto.

Melissa Rodrigues completed Postgraduate / Specialization studies in Performance, at the Department of Fine Arts, Universidade do Porto. Earned an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the Department of Social and Human Sciences, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Studied Contemporary Dance and Performing Arts at c.e.m. - centro em movimento, Lisbon.

Currently works for the Educational Department of Serralves - Museum of Contemporary Art, A Oficina - Educação e Mediação Cultural (Guimarães), Espaço SP620 - Salut au Monde! and collaborates with several interdisciplinary projects that relate to art, experimentation and activism.

As a researcher in the areas of Performance and Anthropology, she has developed research in Visual Culture, Image and Representation. Having co-created in 2017 with Coletivo Chá das Pretas the performance cabelo and in the same year by invitation of the choreographer Joclécio Azevedo conceived a lecture-performance in the scope of the Project Documentário that materialized in the performance-conference from submissive to political - the place of the black body in visual culture, a performance that has been presented in artistic and academic context.

As an Artist in Residence at ZK/U Berlin - Center for Art and Urbanistics from March to May 2020 for Magic Carpets Creative Europe Platform Melissa conceived the video performance CORONAS IN THE SKY, Not a Manifesto! An essay on Afrofuturism and Liberation.

Slate World is transnational partnership promoting the visibility and mobility of Black artists across Europe. Led by Eclipse Theatre with partners Theater De Meervaart, ICK Amsterdam and Teatro GRIOT, the two-year programme will open-up new potentials in programming, audience development, digitisation and cultural exchange. We are now in our final year.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


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