Gabriel Abrantes

Gabriel Abrantes (USA, 1984) lives and works in New York and Lisbon.

Gabriel Abrantes has regularly shown his work at museums such as the Tate Britain (London), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the MIT List Visual Arts Center (Boston), Museu Serralves (Porto), and Kunst-Werke (Berlin). He has presented solo shows in museums and galleries and participated in group shows in some of the most relevant institutions, namely at ICA (London), Lincoln Centre (NY), Caixa Forum (Madrid), CAM – Gulbenkian (Lisbon), amongst others. In 2018, his film Diamantino (2018), which he co-directed with Daniel Schmidt, won the Grand Prize at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. In 2016 he was a commissioned artist of the Bienal de São Paulo (Brazil) and in 2014 of the Biennal d’Image Mouvement – Centre d’art Contemporain de Geneve (Switzerland). He received the EDP Young Artists Award in 2009 , the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 2010 and the EFA Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016. Gabriel Abrantes explores cinematographic language in his production of films and videos – he writes, directs, produces and often acts in them. He addresses historical, political and social matters while discussing postcolonial, gender and identity issues.

His works create layers of unlikely readings by altering traditional narratives and touch upon the absurd, folklore, humor and politics. Hollywood aesthetics are mixed with documentary techniques, and avant-garde strategies are crossed with archaic technologies. Often funny, disconcerting, and provocative, his work suggests ambiguous readings of sensitive issues by twisting and perverting the viewer’s traditional expectations. His films premiered in competition at the Venice Biennale, the Berlinale and Locarno International Film Festival, where he won the Golden Bear for “A History of Mutual Respect” (2010). Most recently, he was shortlisted for the Berlinale Shorts competition with “The Artifical Humours” (2016) which was commissioned for the São Paulo Biennale “Live Uncertainty”(2016). His work was shown at the Lincoln Center, Palais de Tokyo, Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, MIT Visual Arts Center in Boston and KW in Berlin, amongst others.

Gabriel Abrantes explores cinematographic language in his films and videos – he writes, directs, produces and occasionally acts in them. The films confront historical, social and political themes through an investigation of post-colonial, gender and identity questions. His work layers improbable readings, twisting traditional narratives while flirting with absurdity, folklore, humour, and politics. Building on the appropriation of Hollywood genres, such as the melodrama, romantic comedies, the war film, adventure movies, etc., and stirring it with a familiar archive of symbolic references, popular culture and contemporary anxieties Abrantes challenges the way these visual narratives have shaped a common take on History while eroding the frontiers of this conceptual repertoire.

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Born in 1984, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (USA). Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.

 

EDUCATION

2007-2008 – Postgraduate Studies, Fine Arts, Le Fresnoy, Studio national d’arts contemporains, Tourcoing, FR.
2005 – Exchange Program, Fine Arts, L’École National des Beaux-Arts, Paris, FR.
2002-2006 – Bachelor Fine Arts, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY, USA.

 

SOLO SHOWS

2015
“Early Films”, Laboratorio de Curadoria, Coimbra, PT

2014
“Gabriel Abrantes”, Odd Places for Hope, ICA, London, UK
“Gabriel Abrantes”, Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH.

2013
“Gabriel Abrantes”, MIT List Center, Boston, USA
“Ghosts of Eden”, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, DE.

2012
“Mostra de Filmes de Gabriel Abrantes”, ZDB, Lisbon, PT.

2010
“Histories of Mutual Respect”, CCVF, Guimarães, PT.
“The Little People of Flores 2”, Roodkapje, Rotterdam, NL.

2009
“The Little People of Flores 2”, ZAAL5, Film Huis, Hague, NL.
“Gabriel Abrantes”, Lumiar Cité Maumaus, Lisbon, PT.
“20-30 Experiments in Moral Relativism”, Galeria 111, Lisbon, PT

2008
Visionary Iraq, com Benjamin Crotty, Galeria 111, Porto, PT.

2007
“Buttpocalipse”, Galeria 111, Lisbon, PT.

 

GROUP SHOWS (SEL.)

2017
“10 000 Anos Depois Entre Vénus e Marte”, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, PT.
“Género na Arte”, MNAC – N. M. Contemporary Art, Lisbon, PT
“The Humors”, Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, AU
“Terra”, Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery, Vila do Conde, PT
“Morphogenesis”, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, PT
“Incerteza Viva: Uma exposição a partir da 32a Bienal de São Paulo / Live Uncertainty: travelling show from the 32nd Bienal of São Paulo”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Serralves, Porto, PT.
“No Drama”, Iberê Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, BR

2016
“The Artist’s Cinema” – Tate Britain, London, UK.
“Incerteza Viva / Live Uncertainty” – special commission, 32nd Bienal of São Paulo, BR.
“The Weight of a Gesture”, Caixa Forum, Barcelona, ES.
“Selected Affinities”, EDP + Fund. Carmona e Costa, Lisbon, PT.
“Tension and Liberty”, CAM – Gulbenkian, Lisbon, PT.

2015
“Post-Human”, Oracular Vernacular – Leclere MDV, Marseille, FR.

2014
“L’Europe des Artistes”, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, NO.
“12 Contemporâneos”, Museu Serralves, Porto, PT.

2013
“Sob o Signo de Amadeo”, CAM – Gulbenkian, Lisbon, PT.
“O Mar”, BES Arte & Finança, Lisbon, PT

2012
“O Riso”, Fundação EDP, Lisbon, Portugal.
“Super-8”, Yerba Buena Center for the Art, San Francisco, USA
“Super-8”, Künstlerhaus, Berlin, DE.
“Super-8”, MAM, Rio de Janeiro, BR.

2011
“Living on the Edge of a Silver Future”, Galerie 5020, Salzburg, AT.
“K-Acker”, Triangle France, Marseille, FR.
“Super-8”, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
“Selected”, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK.

2010
“Dynasty”, Palais de Tokyo/MAMVP, Paris, FR.
“20 anos da Sala do Veado”, Sala do Veado, Lisbon, PT.

2009
“Reset”, Fondation de l’Entreprise Ricard, Paris, FR.
“Amalía Coração Independente”, Museu Berardo, Lisbon, PT.
“Verbo”, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, BR.
“Prémio EDP New Artists”, Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, PT.

2008
“New Video Art From Europe”, Blow de la Barra, London, UK.

 

BIENNIALS

2016
32nd Bienal de São Paulo, BR.

2014
BIM – Centre d’Art Contemporainde Geneve, CH.

AWARDS

2018
Diamantino, Semaine de la Critique de Cannes – Nespresso Grand Prize, FR.

2017
Artificial Humours, Berlinale International Film Festival – EFA Prize, DE.
Artificial Humours,Curtas Vila do Conde – Best Director, PT.
Artificial Humours, Caminhos do Cinema Português – Best Short, PT.
A Brief History of Princess X, VIS – Vienna Shorts Festival – Jury Grand Prize for Best Fiction, CH.
A Brief History of Princess X, Jury Grand Prize for Best Short-Film, San Francisco International Film Festival, USA.
A Brief History of Princess X, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival – BIFF – Special mention of the Jury Award, RO.
A Brief History of Princess X, Art Film Fest – Special mention, SK.
A Brief History of Princess X, ISFF in Drama – Special mention, GR.
A Brief History of Princess X, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival – Best Zoom Rights Film for Youth, BIH.
A Brief History of Princess X, FIKE – Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Public Award, PT.
The Hunchback, Festival du Cinéma de Brive – International Distributors Award, FR.

2016
A Brief History of Princess X, Curtas Vila do Conde – Best Director, PT.
Hunchback, IndieLisboa – Best Short Film, PT.
Hunchback, Leuven Short Film Festival – Jury Award, BE.
Freud Und Friend, KISFF – Special Mention, LT.
Freud Und Friends, BIEFF – Jury Special Mention, RO.

2014
Ennui Ennui, Festival de Cinema de Brive – Grand Prix France, FR.
Taprobana, Berlinale Short Film Competition – EFA Nomination, DE.

2012
Taprobana, CPH:DOX LAB Fund, DK.
Nárciso, Édipo, e Orfeu, FIDLAB Grand Prize, FIDMarseille, FR.
Palácios de Pena, Ann Arbour Film Festival – Best Narrative Film, USA.
Palácios de Pena, 25FPS, Zagreb – Critics Jury Grand Prize, HR.
Palácios de Pena, Chicago Underground FF – Best Narrative Film, USA.

2011
Liberdade, Locarno Film Festival – Film and Video Prize, CH.
Liberdade, IndieLisboa – Best Portuguese Director, PT.
A History of Mutual Respect, Melbourne IFF – Best Experimental Short Film, AU.
Fratelli, Curtas Vila do Conde, Honorable Mention, PT.

2010
A History of Mutual Respect, Locarno Film Festival – Best Short Film, CH
A History of Mutual Respect, IndieLisboa – Best Portuguese Short Film, PT
A History of Mutual Respect, BIEFF – KODAK Cinelabs Prize, RO.
A History of Mutual Respect, Festival Luso-Brasileiro, SMF – Jury Award, PT.
Olympia I & II,BIEFF – KODAK Cinelabs Prize, RO.

2009
Too Many Daddies, Mommies and Babies, EDP New Artist Award, PT.
Visionary Iraq, IndieLisboa, Young Talent Award, PT.

FILMOGRAPHY AND FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Diamantino by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt | 2018 | 1h32
2018 Semaine de la Critique de Cannes, FR.

The Artificial Humours by Gabriel Abrantes | 2016 | 29 Min | S16mm
2017 Commercial Release – ARTE, FR/DE.
2017 Berlin IFF – Berlinale Shorts Competition, DE.
2017 EFA – European Film Awards, DE.
2017 BFI –  London Film Festival, UK.
2017 Curtas Vila do Conde, PT.
2017 Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, RO.
2016 32a Bienal de São Paulo (BR) – special commission, São Paulo, BR.

A Brief History of Princess X by Gabriel Abrantes | 2016 | 30 Min | S16mm
2016 Tate Britain – Artist’s Cinema Screening, UK.
2016 Toronto International Film Festival, CA.
2016 New York Film Festival, USA.
2016 Locarno International Film Festival, CH.
2016 Milano Film Festival, IT.
2016 Curtas Vila do Conde – National Competition, Vila do Conde, PT.
2016 Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, FR.
2014 Commercial Release – Picturehouse Theatres, UK.

The Hunchback by Gabriel Abrantes and Ben Rivers | 2016 | 29 Min | S16mm
2017 TV Release – ARTE, FR/DE
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR.
2016 Locarno Film Festival, CH.
2016 Indie Lisboa, PT.
2016 São Paulo International Short Film Festival, BR.
2016 BFI – London Film Festival, UK.
2016 Torino Film Festival, IT.
2016 Leuven Short Film Festival, BE.

Freud Und Friends by Gabriel Abrantes | 2015 | 24 Min | S16mm
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR.
2016 Berlin IFF – Berlinale Shorts Competition, DE.
2016 Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, RO.
2015 Berlinale Shorts Competition, Berlin, DE.
2014 IndieLisboa Special Screening ‘Em Lisboa’, Lisbon, PT.

Taprobana by Gabriel Abrantes | 2013 | 24 Min | S16mm
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR.
2014 Berlinale Shorts Competition, Berlin, DE.
2014 Curtas Vila do Conde – National Competition, Vila do Conde, PT.
2014 Commercial Release – Pan Pleure Pas Capprici, FR.

Ennui Ennui by Gabriel Abrantes | 2013 | 33 Min | HD
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR.
2014 Commercial Release – Pã, Não Chora Não, PT.
2014 Melbourne Internation Film Festival, AU.
2014 Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival, FR.
2014 Commercial Release – Pan Pleure Pas Capprici, FR.
2013 Rome International Film Festival, IT.

Ὄρνιθες (Ornithes – Birds) by Gabriel Abrantes | 2012 | 17 Min | S16mm
2012 Rome International Film Festival, IT.
2012 BFI London Film Festival, UK
2012 Toronto International Film Festival – Wavelengths, California, USA.
2012 Locarno Film Festival – Pardi di Domani Comp., CH.

Palácios de Pena by G. Abrantes and D. Schmidt | 2011 | 59 Min | S16mm
2012 Museum of Moving Images – First Look, USA
2012 Jeonju International Film Festival, KO.
2012 BAFICI – International Film Festival Buenos Aires, AR.
2011 Viennale, AT.
2011 BFI London FF: Focus on Gabriel Abrantes, UK.
2011 68th Venice Film Festival – Orrizonti Competition, IT.

Fratelli by G. Abrantes and A. Melo | 2011 | 17 Min | S16mm
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR
2012 Hors-Pistes, Film Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR.

Baby Back Costa Rica by Gabriel Abrantes | 2011 | 5 Min | S16mm
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR
2012 Worm, Rotterdam, NL.
2011 Curtas Vila do Conde, Stereo, PT.

Liberdade by G. Abrantes and B. Crotty | 2011 | 16 Min | S16mm
2014 Commercial Release – Pã, Não Chora Não, PT.
2011 Viennale, AT.
2011 BFI London FF: Focus on Gabriel Abrantes, London, UK.
2011 Locarno Film Festival – Pardi di Domani Comp. CH.
2014 Commercial Release – Pan Pleure Pas Capprici, FR.

A History of Mutual Respect by G. Abrantes and D. Schmidt | 2010 | 24 Min | S16mm
2011 Melbourne International Film Festival, AU.
2011 Jeonju International Film Festival, SKO.
2011 Tiger Comp. International Film Festival Rotterdam, NL.
2010 Oslo International Film Festival, NO.
2010 Commercial Release, PT.

Too Many Daddies, Mommies and Babies by Gabriel Abrantes | 2009 | 26 Min | S16mm
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR
2009 EDP Young Artist Exhibition, PT.
2009 Entrevues Belfort Film Festival, FR.

Visionary Iraq by G. Abrantes and B. Crotty | 2008 | 17 Min | S16mm
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR
2009 International Film Festival Rotterdam, NL.
2009 IndieLisboa, Portugal.

Arabic Hare by Gabriel Abrantes | 2008 | 7 Min | HD and CG
2008 Panorama 9_10, Le Fresnoy, FR.

Gugg ‘n’ Tate by Gabriel Abrantes | 2008 | 7 Min | HD and CG
2008 Panorama 9_10, Le Fresnoy, FR.

Obama For President by G. Abrantes and B. Crotty | 2008 | 2 Min | HD and CG
2010 Histories of Mutual Respect CCVF, PT.

Olympia I & II by G. Abrantes and K. Widloski | 2006 | 8 Min | 16mm
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR
2010 CAM/ Gulbenkian Permanent Collection, PT.
2009 Cinemateque Française, FR.
2009 Festival IMAGO, MACBA, Spain.

Dear God Please Save Me by Gabriel Abrantes | 2006 | 5 Min | 16mm
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR
2013 Afinidade, MNAC, Lisbon, PT.

Anarchist King by Gabriel Abrantes | 2006 | 14 Min | 16mm
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR
2010 Histories of Mutual Respect CCVF, PT.

The Razor Thin Definition of Punk by Gabriel Abrantes |2006 | 4 Min | 16mm
2017 BAFICI – Buenos Aires FICI, AR

 

RETROSPECTIVE SCREENING SERIES

2017 Gabriel Abrantes, BAFICI, Buenos Aires, AR.
2017 Gabriel Abrantes, Sicilia Queer Film Festival, Sicily, IT.
2016 Friends with Benefits, Lincoln Center, NY, USA.
2016 Ciclo Gabriel Abrantes, Cinemaxx, RTP2, TV, PT.
2015 Panoramas, VideoBrasil, Sesc-Pompei, São Paulo, BR.
2014 Pulsar, CurtoCircuito, Santiago de Compostela, SP.
2011 Villa Medicis, Focus Su Gabriel Abrantes Rome, IT.
2010 Histories of Mutual Respect, CCVF, Guimarães, PT.
2009 Gabriel Abrantes, Entrevues Film Festival, Belfort, FR.

 

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

“Delay of Death – Pasolini’s Trilogy of Life.” Notebook | Mubi, December 2012. Web.
Kihm, Christophe, Alexandre Melo, and João Ribas. Abrantes, Gabriel ed. and i am so thankful for all of the friendships i have made.  Guimarães, Portugal: Centro Cultural Vila Flor, 2010. Print.

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museu Serralves, Porto, PT.
Colléccion Inelcom, Madrid, ES.
Sesc-Pompeia, São Paulo, BR.
CAM – Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, PT
MACE, Elvas, PT.

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The Artificial Humors | 2016 | S16mm transfer to HD, 29 min. | film still | ed. 4/5
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A Guerra como Modo de Ver | MACE – Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas | Elvas | 1.12.18 – 31.12.19