5 Cultural Suggestions – Carla Filipe

Twice a month, UMBIGO invites one person 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.



Karen Finley

Karen Finley is an artist, performer, musician, spoken word poet. I got to know her work in 1999 in Porto, at CO-LAB / FALADURA, an edition that brought together two international festivals, one of improvised experimental music and the other of spoken word. To remember Karen Finley’s performance in Porto is to remember an excellent moment in the city that preceded the cultural desert after the Capital of Culture in 2001 until 2013. It is important to emphasize that access to Culture is not guaranteed.


Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens

ECOSEX MANIFESTO by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens is a manifesto under construction. They have been collaborating together since 2002, following a path they have dubbed ecosexuality. Authors and activists and feminists of the late 1980s opened doors to many contemporary issues. Annie Sprinkle is a visual artist, was a sex worker, director and actress in feminist porn films. Beth Stephens is an artist, sculptor, performer, filmmaker and teacher. Her biographies allow us to see that activism and theory are part of life and are not separate.


Angélica Liddell

Angélica is a playwright, director, actress, poet and co-founder of the theatre company Atra Bilis. This conversation focuses on a question that interests me – the question of truth between the creator and his work. I met Angélica Liddell through a friend who collaborated as an actor in one of her plays. For me, it was a return to the theatre, after years in search of a more experimental or avant-garde language.


Geograficamente Perto

Geograficamente Perto is a program under the responsibility of the GAM duo, residing in Porto, for the independent radio LYL, a cultural project linked to music with bases in Lyon, Paris and Brussels. Good for break times in the confinement period.


Music from Saharan Cellphones: Volume 2

I am interested in this album the importance given to everyday technology, the cell phone that allows to circulate music. It was through mp3 recordings on memory cards that this music spread and became known throughout West Africa.


Carla Filipe, 1973, lives and works in Porto, Portugal. Carla Filipe’s work is composed of the appropriation of objects and documents or built through the permeable relationship between objects of art, popular culture and activism. In her research, the artist uses materials and elements, such as flags, posters, newspapers and railway artefacts. Her artistic journey began in the city of Porto in 2001, as part of the flow artist-run spaces, she was co-founder of Salão Olímpico and Project Appendix, in 2009 won the grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for artistic residency at ACME Studios (UK), since then she has had a more affirmed national and international route, since the Bienal Manifesta 8, Dialogue between the region of Murcia and North of Africa, curated by, Murcia / Spain (2010); EDP Awards – New artists, curated by João Pinharanda, Nuno Crespo, Delfim Sardo, Lisbon / Portugal (2011); 5th Jafre Biennial, curated by Carolina Grau and Mário Flecha, Jafre / Spain (2011); Deaf / Dumb Archive, curated by Zbyněk Baladrán, Tranzit.Display, Czech Republic / Prague (2011); Mon, am i barbarian?, Curated by Fulya Erdemci, 13th Istanbul / Turkey Biernal (2013); da cauda à cabeça, curated by Pedro Lapa, Berardo Museum, Lisbon / Portugal (2014); Re-Discovery III, curated by Ulrich Loock, Autocenter, Berlin / Germany (2015), Natural Instincts, curated by Samuel Leuenberger, Les Urbaines, Lausanne / Switzerland (2015).

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