Mariana Sameiro

Artists in Residence
01.08.2017 - 31.08.2017

Born in Portugal, works and lives in London. Sameiro is a multidisciplinary artist and designer, graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Visual Communication, where she is currently a visiting tutor.

Her personal practice looks at the new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene and the huge impact that humanity has on Earth. The Anthropocene is pathing the way for a hybrid type of material where the organic and inorganic are combined together, and the man-made and the natural are juxtaposed. Material resources of an industrial past are now forming future fossils and strata of man-made plastic composites. Sameiro explores and translates these ideas and unfold a narrative about Anthropocene, where future geology and archaeology become a narration of human culture.

In addition to her personal practice, she has worked as an independent curator, organising shows on Utopias/Dystopias as well as on digital and physical environments. The shows she organised took place in London, Berlin, Lisbon and Ithaca (Greece).During her residency at Despina, Sameiro intends to look at natural disasters and geological violations as a starting point for a possible future scenario. A scenario wherein fossils of the future are the ones we live with as a consequence of the increasing piles of waste. Taking this as a reference, she will do visual research for an installation/sculpture and a participatory/movable installation that would work as a workshop and performance place, its purpose will be to facilitate events on this topic to a wider public.

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