5 Cultural Suggestions: Gabriela Albergaria

Once a week, 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.

Umbigo has been publishing this section since the beginning of the pandemic.



The New Yorker

Reading The New Yorker has become a habit since I lived in New York. It is a magazine where journalism is of extremely good quality. And the news are comprehensive and not just local.



I really like FIP radio that is part of Radio France and presents almost 100% of the time just music. It is very eclectic and a good companion for the loneliest working days.


Le Journal de mon père
Jirô Taniguchi

I learned to like comics and there is an author that I like a lot called Jirô Taniguchi. For example Le Journal de mon père.


Girls, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo
Hamish Hamilton

I just read two books that I really liked. One best known by Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other which is quite interesting from the point of view of colonizing countries.

Rights of Nature
Eduardo Gudyanas
Ed. Quimantú

The other book was Derechos de la Naturaleza (pdf), by Eduardo Gudyanas, where “the concepts and social struggles that started to treat Nature as a subject of rights, and not as a mere object of exploration are approached”.


I love podcasts, even as opposed to the image obsession:
The great Women Artists
On Being with Krista Tippett
Stuff you should know
Talk Art
99% Invisible

A very special podcast that I really enjoyed is associated with the exhibition The Botanical Mind, at the Camden Art Center and is extremely good and another way of presenting visual work in the verbal version. I don’t normally like the word associated with work which is visual, but this podcast is quite complete and if you visit the site it adds a lot. For me, it was one of the successful website cases, presented right at the beginning of the first lockdown.


Gabriela Albergaria (Vale de Cambra, Portugal in 1965 ) lives and works in Brussels and Lisbon. Exhibits regularly since 1999.

She has used photography, drawing, installation and sculpture in developing a line of works that takes the relation of man and nature as a starting point. Social and collective references intercross with personal and subjective memoirs of her experiences.

A selection of her solo shows includes Nature Abhors a Straight Line, Fundação Culturgest, Lisboa; …an adventure in which humans are only one kind of participant…, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisboa Portugal; Natures’s Afterlives, Sapar Contemporary, New York (2019); Pinch Pinch Pinch, Projecto Intervenções, Museu Lasar Segall, São Paulo, Brasil (2018); Ah, Al Fin Naturaleza, Flora ars+natura, Bogotá, Colombia,(2016); Ah, Finalmente, Natureza, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida (Évora, 2015).

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