Pauliana Valente Pimentel is the artist chosen to integrate one more cycle of the artistic residence “In Residence”, realized in partnership with Porto City Hall.
Photographer and visual artist, Pauliana has been creating images since 1999 for magazines, reports and solo exhibitions around the world. Since 2012, she has paid special attention to young people. From Azores to Cape Verde, from Athens to Algarve, the artist has been documenting the stories of a new generation, summarizing, in portraits, the way they look at the world, the territories they move through, the openness and freedom they have in face of what surrounds them.
"I was invited to do an artistic residency at ‘Maus Hábitos’ and this was the starting point to meet young guests of this house, that is so emblematic of the contemporary art scene of Porto. I found myself discovering young people with a seductive look and it was through Instagram, a tool they use to show themselves and communicate with each other, that I reached them. But it was from their intimacy and the places where they live that I portrayed them, an intimate portrait that goes beyond the pose.
I came across self-confident young people, not afraid to show what they are and with vanguard minds, who go beyond gender issues and go beyond the binary, rejecting the stereotypes that society wants to impose on them. For them racial discrimination does not make sense and have a great social, ecological and even political concern. Young people who are not even 26 years old, who live, above all from art, from art they themselves incorporate and which they began to exteriorize with freedom, here in this incredible space that is ‘Maus Hábitos’."
Pauliana Valente Pimentel
ASK THE KIDS, Pauliana Valente Pimentel
Texto de apresentação: Daniel Pires
Produção e Comunicação: Mariana Vitale
Assistência de Produção e Comunicação: Catarina Rangel Pereira
Fotografia: João Pádua
Montagem e Apoio Técnico: Kiko Richard
Limpeza: Manuela Pinto
Parceiros: In Residence (CM Porto)