5 Cultural Suggestions — Henrique Pavão

Every week, UMBIGO invites two people to share their 5 cultural suggestions. What can we do at home? From a book to a podcast, album or film: here are recommendations from artists, curators, gallery owners, cultural activists, friends.

We will share the recipe for what makes us better, and we remain united and positive.

Henrique Pavão

In New Mexico Cormac Mcarthy meets Borges in a bar where Kerouac is serving “Old Fashions”


Roberto Bolaño
2666 is Roberto Bolaño’s last book. It was released in 2004, a year after his death. The novel is marked by a multiplicity of themes, places and characters that are interlinked. Starting with a mysterious German author, then the story of an American reporter that travels to Mexico to cover a boxing fight event where he stumbles upon a series of unsolved murders.

The stage is Santa Teresa, a violent city inspired by “Ciudad Juarez” and its epidemic homicides in the 90’s.

TV Series

Too Old to Die Young
A TV series broadcasted by Amazon Prime a baby that was born by putting the Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn and the Comic Book author Ed Brubaker in the same room. A story of corruption, justice and revenge that explores the best and the worst form North America’s universe. Each take is meticulously planned as if it was an art installation.


Fridays at the Movies
Since the 3rd of April, every Friday between 3 and 11pm (New Mexico time) Smithson & Holt Foundation will present a moving image work by Nancy Holt and/or Robert Smithson. The films will be posted on Instragam (IGTV) and Vimeo.

Comic Books

A comic book series from 2000 composed by 5 volumes. The authors Guarnido and Canales, transport us into a “film noir” universe that is set on the late 50’s, a story of shady crimes and lost loves starred by anthropomorphic characters.


The Necks
A one music album released in 1989 by the Australian Jazz trio The Necks, make us travel into a closed universe, a trance, an isolation in a concealed time. Sex is a night drive on a never-ending highway without seeing a single soul.

Henrique Pavão (Lisbon, 1991) has a degree (BA) in Sculpture from Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon (2013) and obtained his Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) from the Malmö Art Academy in 2016 (Professor Joachim Koester). He received grants from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2015), and the Royal Academy of Arts Stockholm (2016). In 2016 he was awarded with the Edstrandska Stiftelsens Prize and nominated for the Novo Banco Revelação Award from the Serralves Foundation. In 2019 Pavão was nominated for the 13th edition of the EDP Foundation’s New Artists Award.
He has exhibited
 his work at MAAT – Museu de Arte Arquitetura e Tecnologia (Lisbon), CAV – Centro de Artes Visuais (Coimbra), Galeria Municipal do Porto, SE8 Gallery (London), UMA LULIK_ (Lisbon), Culturgest (Porto), Appleton Square (Lisbon) KHM Gallery (Malmö) and at The Royal Academy of Arts (Stockholm).

Pavão’s work is represented in public and private collections in Portugal, Germany and Canada. Lives and works in Lisbon.

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