See you Later Space Island
July 20, 7pm
Alice Dos Reis Artist Talk
Join us for a talk with artist Alice dos Reis. As a featured artist in the exhibition and discursive program Back to Earth: Contested Histories Outer Space Travel, dos Reis will discuss her film See You Later Space Island (2022).
See You Later Space Island is a loose tale of friendship and endurance. The film is a work of science-fiction inspired by the various space resources currently existing on the Azorean island of Santa Maria, where Portugal attempted to establish a satellite launcher, a project that was never realized. In the middle of the Atlantic, Helena rekindles an old friendship with Ceu, an astrophysicist who recently relocated to Santa Maria to study exoplanets. Caught between the island’s geological inheritance and the vastness of the cosmos, the two friends reconcile with the various space exploration infrastructures that are stationed on the island.
Alongside a discussion of the film, dos Reis will also address her new series of four tapestries, which are inspired by the speculative landscapes of Serra da Gardunha in the Portuguese Interior, a place of both paranormal sightings and religious apparitions. These myths have developed into claims that the mountain is hollow, concealing a UFO hangar inside.
The conversation will also be live streamed via our Instagram.
Alice dos Reis (Lisbon) is a visual artist. They have exhibited, solo and in group, at the Serralves Museum for Contemporary Art (Porto), Kunsthalle Lissabon (Lisbon), Gallerie D’Italia (Torino), 5th Istanbul Design Biennale (Istanbul), RADIUS CCA (Delft), Porto Municipal Gallery (Porto), PuntWG (Amsterdam), Galerie InSitu (Paris), Display (Prague), Gallery and Lehmann + Silva, among others. Their films have been shown at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam), Platform Vdrome, and Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), as well as in various international film festivals. They co-run Pântano Books, an independent poetry press.