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BRIEF BIO


Susana Rocha
Born in Braga, 1988.
Lives and works in Lisbon, since 2006.

Visual Artist. Gratueted in Painting by Fine Arts Faculty, University of Lisbon (2010), Master in Painting (2012) by the same University. Master in Teaching - Visual Arts by the Education Institute of the University of Lisbon (2013) and PhD in Visual Arts (2020) by the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Lisbon.
Founder and Artistic Director of DUPLEX
where she develops curatorial projects, directs and produces the programming of DUPLEX gallery and the International Residency Program.

She collaborates with ATM Gallery (Gijón, Spain) since 2022.




ARTIST STATEMENT

 

My work is built on the border between a rational formalism and a need for psycho-emotional extrapolation that seeks to give a complex and inscrutable meaning to each of the works, exploring what is structural to the poetics of the human condition.

Starting from a personal narrative, but never explicitly biographical, and systematically adapting my work processes, my search is always for an intimate echo within the observer, making use of a methodological, aesthetic and conceptual research about disruptive experiences, such as failure, paradox, contradiction, conflict, and other forms of internal or external tension.

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Susana Rocha

Braga, 1988. Lives and works in Lisbon.

Founder and Artistic Director of DUPLEX.

EDUCATION

2020 – PhD in Fine Arts – Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon

2013 – Master's Degree in Teaching – Visual Arts, by the Institute of Education of the University  of Lisbon.  

2012 –  Master's Degree in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon  

2010 - Degree in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon  

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2021 – Production Grant, Supersonic Residência Online – financed by CML, organized by Atelier Concorde

2020 – Emerging Portuguese Artist selected by EMERGE

2019/2023 – Attribution of Municipal Studio – Palácio dos Coruchéus of CML

2015/2019 – Individual Doctoral Grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)

2013 – Scholarship to attend Artistic Residency – Largo das Artes Gallery/Despina, Rio de Janeiro  (Brazil)

2012 – Winner - “Young Creators Award: Plastic Arts”, Clube Português Artes e Ideias  

2010 – Honorable Mention – Plastic Arts Contest “Oriente/Ocidente – Miscegenações”, CIEBA/FBAUL  

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2023 - "The Body is Absent but not the Desire" ATM Gallery (Gijón, Spain) 

2023 - "Pillow Talk" - Viewing. Galeria del Paseo (Punta del Este, Uruguay)

 

2023 - "MOM they made you a garden but it cannot be watered" DUPLEX (Lisbon, Portugal)

2022 - "Parallax" Nacional Society of Fine Arts (Lisbon, Portugal)

2022 - "(IN)TENSION" Galeria Nave (Lisbon, Portugal)

2021 - "Too Much Light in the Dark" Galeria Nave (Lisbon, Portugal) cur. by Mercedes Cerón 

2021 – “A Loss of Purpose” Duplex (Lisbon, Portugal) cur. by Eugenia Griffero

2020 – “Bound to Fail” FBAUL (Lisbon, Portugal)

2017 – “Such an Orange Anxiety” Mercês Cultural Space (Lisbon, Portugal)

2014 – “Mother Nature is a Bitch” Palácio Camões (Lisbon, Portugal)

2013 – “Frostbite” Listhús Gallery (Ólafsfirð, Iceland)

2013 – “Heat Stroke” Largo das Artes Gallery (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)  

2013 – “Et in Arcadia Ego” Casa dos Crivos (Braga, Portugal)

2012 – “A Clash of Drives” FBAUL (Lisbon, Portugal)

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION) 

2024 - "Algo que Brilla" Bothanical Garden Foundación Sales (Vigo, Spain), cur Sandra MG >>> SOON

2023 - "Taking the Light Out of the Prism" AOGFE / DUPLEX (Lisbon, Portugal) cur. Susana Rocha 

2023 - "Entrearte III" Revillagigedo Palace (Gijón, Spain) 

2023 - "Gémeos Falsos" Appleton Square (Lisbon, Portugal) cur. by Diogo Ramalho and Mercedes Vidal

2023 - "Impromptu" DUPLEX (Lisbon, Portugal) cur. by Duplex

2023 - "Wanderlust" Artes | Mota Galiza (Porto, Portugal) cur. by Mercedes Cerón

2023 - "Painful Tenderness" Hinterconti (Hamburg, Germany) cur. by Judith Hofer

2022 - "(0/1) O zero e o um" Museu Nacional de História Natural e Ciência (Lisboa, Portugal)

2022 - "Interstícios" DUPLEX (Lisboa, Portugal) cur. Francisco Correia

2022 -  "From the Affirmation to the Current Balance", Cerveira Bienal (Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal)

2022 - "Present Tense", Lage Egal (Berlin, Germany) cur. by Pierre Granoux

2021 - "Sine Qua Non", Galeria Nave (Lisbon, Portugal) 

2021 - "The Straw that Broke the Camel's Back", SWAB (Barcelona, Spain) cur. by Duplex

2020 – “I Will Take the Risk” Azan (Lisbon, Portugal) cur. by Tomás Hipólito and Beatriz José

2020 – “Let Us Flop” DUPLEX (Lisbon, Portugal) cur. Susana Rocha

2017 – “Occupied House” (Lisbon, Portugal) cur. Francisca Aires Mateus

2017 – “It's Liquid Group Show” The Room (Venice, Italy)

2014 – “The Chiado of Dramaturgy and Performance: Art in the Public Sphere”, Archaeological Museum of  Carmo (Lisbon, Portugal)

2013 – “Landscape Dimension”, Listhús Gallery (Ólafsfjördur, Iceland)

2013 – “Arte Jovem 2013”, Paço Gallery (Torres Vedras, Portugal)

2013 – “ArtRio 2013”, Largo das Artes Gallery. “Die a Little” Performance (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

2013 – “6x6” Rochester Contemporary Art Center (New York, USA)

2013 – “L'air du Chiado a Paris”, André de Gouveia Residence - Foundation

Gulbenkian (Paris, France)

2012 – “Show Young Creators” Cascais Market (Cascais, Portugal)

2011 – “Nothing in Common” Banco de Portugal Building (Leiria, Portugal)

RESIDENCES

2023 - BONFIRE Residency Program, Online (www.bonfire-air.com) 

2022 - ATM Residency Program, Gijón (Spain) 

2021 – Supersonic – Online Residence, Financed by the Social Emergency Fund of CML, organized by Atelier Concorde, Lisbon (Portugal)

2013 – Largo das Artes/Despina International Residency Programme, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

2013 –  Listhús í Fjallabyggð Artist Residency, Ólafsfirð (Iceland)

OTHER PROJECTS

2021 – Lisbon Art Weekend: Open Studios | DUPLEX

2020 – Lisbon Art Weekend: Open Studios | DUPLEX

2020 – Artistic project for editorial of Revista DOSE Nº5, curated by Maria von. Hafe, Mariana Rebola and Margarida Oliveira. Launch at Balcony Gallery.

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2023 - "Taking the Light Out of the Prism"  Oficinas Gerais de Fardamento e Equipamento do

           Exército (Lisbon, Portugal)

           Group Exhibition: Alex Wolkowicz | Allan Gandhi | Alves Ludovico | Anastasia Carpio |

           Bárbara Bulhão | Bruno José Silva | Caoimhe Rogan | Catarina Moura | Daniel Moraes |

           Daniela Ângelo | David Martinez Suarez | Diana Cerezino | Fábio Colaço | Fernando

           Moletta | Francisco Correia | Francisco Trêpa | Gabriel Ribeiro| Gil Ferrão | Hugo Brazão |

           Hugo Cantegrel | Heron P. Nogueira | Inês Brites | Inês Teles | Joana Siquenique | Juan

           Crespo | Juliana Matsumura | Lisette van Hoogenhuyze | Lulu Wolf | MOM |

           Mané Pacheco | Manuel Tainha | Maria Máximo | Mathilde Bjerre | Monica Mindelis |

           Nathalie Mei | Natalie Feldsman | Paula Koenig | Pedro Cabrita Paiva | Pedro Moreira |

           Primeira Desordem | Salomé Lopes | Sara Mealha | Sheila Cañestro | Silke Weissbach |

           Sofia Mascate | Susana Amaral | Susana Rocha| Tânia Geiroto Marcelino | Theodore

           Ereira-Guyer | Tiago Baptista

2021 - "The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back" (co-authorship) SWAB (Barcelona, Spain)

         Group Exhibition: Beatriz Coelho, Francisco Trêpa, Gabriel Ribeiro, Susana Rocha

 

2021 – “Something Has Got to Give” DUPLEX (Lisbon, Portugal)

            Group Exhibition: Beatriz Coelho, Diana Cerezino, Francisco Correia, Joana

            Siquenique, Juan Crespo, Ricardo Sousa, Rita Pequeno, Sebastião Castelo Lopes.

 

2020 – “Let Us Floop” DUPLEX (Lisbon, Portugal)

            Group Exhibition: Ana Battaglia Abreu, Bárbara Bulhão, Diego Machargo, Francisco                     Trêpa, Gabriel Ribeiro, Gil Ferrão, Hugo Brazão, Inês Teles, Manuel Tainha, Rui Castanho,             Susana Rocha, Tânia Geiroto Marcelino.

 

ART FAIRS

2023 - SWAB Barcelona | ATM Galeria (Barcelona, Spain)

2023 - ARCO Lisboa | ATM Galeria (Lisboa, Portugal) 

2023 - ARCO Madrid | ATM Galeria (Madrid, Portugal)

2022 - ArteSantander | Galeria Nave (Santander, Espanha)

2022 - Arco Lisboa | ATM Galeria (Lisbon, Portugal)

2021 - FIG Bilbao | Galeria Nave (Bilbao, Spain)

2021 - SWAB Barcelona | DUPLEX (Barcelona, Spain)

COLLECTIONS 

Private collections in PT, ES, FR, IS e BR.

Public Collections:

- Colección Kells (ES)

- Colección Los Bragales (ES)

Colección Zarur (MX)

- Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson (ES)

- Nacional Society of Fine Arts (PT)

PRESS

MARTINS, Ana - "Wanderlust: Collective Exhibition at Artes". in Umbigo Magazine - online, Lisboa, 2023

PINTO, Miguel - "Parallax by Susana Rocha at Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes". in Umbigo Magazine - online. Lisboa, 2022

REIS, João - "A nossa necessidade de tensão é possível de aliviar" in Jornal S/Título Nº3. Lisboa: S/Título, 2022.

RANERA, Ana - "Éxito de Susana Rocha en ARCO Lisboa con ATM" in EL COMERCIO, 2022.

AIRES MATEUS, Francisca - "Susana Rocha por Francisca Aires Mateus - Entrevista". Duplex website. Lisboa, 2021.

AMBRÓSIO, Daniela - “Portuguese Emerging Art 2019”. Lisbon: Emerge, 2019. ISBN: 978-989-20-9994-1

 

AA.VV. – “Young Creators 2012”. Lisbon: IPDJ, 2012. ISBN: 978-989-8266-06-04  

 

BOTELHO, Manuel; ROCHA, Susana – “Painting Finalists 2009/10”. Lisbon: Faculty of Fine Arts of  University of Lisbon, 2011. ISBN: 978-989-8300-16-04

 

DUPLEX – “Interview: Susana Rocha by Francisca Aires Mateus”. Interview Cycle, Duplex. 2021.

https://www.duplexair.com/post/entrevista-susana-rocha-por-francisca-aires-mateus

 

SABINO, Isabel – “Master's Theses in Painting 2010/12”. Lisbon: Faculty of Fine Arts of  University of Lisbon, 2011. ISBN: 978-989-8300-44-7

 

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