Fellowship awarded to Sérgio Cruz [Untitled]
Jury: Phill Niblock, Valérie Vivancos, Manuel Costa Cabral, Rui Eduardo Paes, Emanuel Dimas Pimenta, Ruben Verdadeiro and Isabel Alves.
The artist takes the spectator on a circular trip through three continents, presenting a device with multiple screens with footage he made during his time in New York, along with others he made in his residencies in Beijing (2007) and Maputo (2008). A documental approach on a coreographed road movie using images and sounds of the social and urban life of Asia, Africa and America.
The coreographed figures in urban environments represented through the footage juxtaposition enables a reflection about their cultural identities and about how performance happens daily in three cultures both so different and distant.
A multidisciplinary approach which proposes an articulation of cinematographic language, performance and fine arts under the video-installation format.
Sérgio Cruz (Vila Nova de Famalicão, 1977) lives and works between Portugal and England as a visual artist and directed. He graduated from Escola das Artes da UCP do Porto with a degree on Sound and Image and studied Sound Design at HKU University, in the Netherlands. He often films and works as a sound designer in many Portuguese coreographers' shows.
He got two master degrees; one in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins, and the other in Dance for the Screen at London Contemporary Dance School. Since then, his artistic practice has a cinematographic approach to the exploration of the human movement. His work is regularly presented in TV channels (such as Channel 4), museus and galleries (for example, in the collective exhibition "Figuring Landscapes" at Tate Modern) and in various film and video-art festivals, both in Portugal and abroad. He has been distinguished with many prizes, worth mentioning The Red Mansion Art Prize 2007, Novo Talento FNAC, IndieLisboa, Melhor FIlme Português sobre Arte (Festival Temp D'Images).