Dates in Gnosjö: November 18 - 25, 2019
Artist Talk: November 21, 2019 at  5.30 pm  at the library, as part of ArtTalks-series

My artistic practice is being developed around the transformative power of art and questions about the construction of identity and meaning in a certain social, economical, political or cultural context. For Gnosjö, I'm interested in working around real daily situations which I could frame in a way that new meanings could appear. I want to portray and to reflect on the relation of people with work and creation, through its tensions between the individual and the collective, the private and public, the exception and the system, the ephemeral and the continuous, the linear and the non-linear.

- Rui Mourão

Rui Mourão (1977, Lisbon) studied Arts (UAB and CECC, Barcelona; Maumaus, Lisbon; and Malmö Art Academy, Sweden). He has a Postgraduate in Digital Visual Cultures and a Master in Anthropology (ISCTE, Lisbon). He is doing a PhD in Artistic Studies (Nova University, Lisbon). He was selected to LOOP - Video Art Festival (Barcelona, 2007+08) and to FUSO - Video Art International Annual of Lisbon (where he received the Audience Award, 2010). He presented a film at the Portuguese Cinematheque (nominee for Best Documentary in QueerLisboa Cinema Festival, 2013). He won the APA (Portuguese Anthropological Association) Prize for best Visual Essay (2019). He did more than 50 exhibitions/videoscreenings in 16 countries, in places such as: National Museum of Contemporary Art - Chiado Museum (Lisbon), Iklectik (London), Spaces (Cleveland), Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), Galpão Vídeo Brasil (São Paulo), National Center for Contemporary Arts (Moscow), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Palazzo Albrizzi (Venice), BTM (Budapest), National Museum of Ethnology (Lisbon)

"Det ska bli intressant att låta en internationell konstnär med Rui Mourãos bakgrund utforska det lokala entreprenörskap och känsla för kollektivet som kommit att prägla Gnosjö. Ibland behöver man en blick utifrån för att förstå det som ligger närmast."

Lennart Alves, Kultursekreterare, Gnosjö

With support from: Region Jönköpings län with Mullsjö, Gnosjö, Tranås and Värnamo municipalities.     Curator: Anna Viola Hallberg    Contact: curator @