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Uma Visão Lusofóna

A Lusophonic Vision: Portuguese-Speaking Perspectives

Lusophonic Art and Bicha Gallery are pleased to invite you to the Opening Reception

of OLHA! - a photographic exhibition of Portuguese speaking photographers

at Bicha Gallery on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 between 6.30 - 8.30pm.

Opening Reception


7 Gabriel’s Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 9PP 11am-7pm | Open daily, admission free

OLHA! is part of the 2010 City of London Festival. The Festival’s ongoing ‘trading places’

theme has explored and developed artistic and economic connections between the City and

many other parts of the world over the past few years. In 2010 the spotlight falls on Portugal,

Englands oldest ally, and on the Portuguese-speaking world.

This event is also part of the 35th anniversary of Mozambique’s independence celebrations

and will be honoured with the presence of Mr António Gumende, the High Commissioner of

the Republic of Mozambique in the UK.

Andre Pipa, Mother Africa, Photographic print

Bicha Gallery & Shop

7 Gabriels Wharf

South Bank

London SE1 9PP

T +44 (0)7721 400 048


Week 1 / 21 June - 27 June 2010

Week 2 / 28 June - 4 July 2010

Wednesday, 23 June 2010


Bicha Gallery



Uma Visão Lusofóna

A Lusophonic Vision:



The exhibition is a challenging and interesting mix of complementary views of the world

and of ‘Lusofonia’ - culture of Portuguese-speaking countries - by six Lusophonic artists and


This exhibition brings together different Lusophonic visions from around the world. Through

photographic expression, we see the similarities characteristic of people with a strong common

bond - the Portuguese language and a Portuguese speaking culture.

Eclectic is the best way to describe their approach to our theme. Most of the photographers

live outside their countries of origin and work in different disciplines.

The OLHA! exhibition is divided into two parts, with each week showcasing a distinct group

of photographers with varying styles. Their work is accompanied by writings and poems of

Portuguese speaking authors selected by the artists themselves.

WEEK 1: 21 June - 27 June Luis Filipe Ventura, 2Santoss (Beth dos Santos) and Andre Pipa

Luis Filipe Ventura

Luis was born in Mozambique and has lived and worked in many European and African

countries in the field of Human Rights and Development with the United Nations and other

organizations. He has been a photographer for over 15 years and has had many exhibitions

over that time. His work is eclectic and influenced by the various places he has lived. His

‘lusophonic’ vision explores London and Africa.

2Santoss (Beth dos Santos)

Beth was born in Brazil where she lived and worked before moving to Italy and subsequently

to Argentina where she lives. She has worked in the theatre as a set and costume designer,

while participating in many visual art projects and at present she is developing the “2Santoss”

photographic project. Freedom and solitude are the main themes of her work, which are two

deep values in the ‘lusophonic’ culture.

Andre Pipa

Andre is a world travelled and established journalist and photographer of 20 years working with

several Portuguese and international newspapers and magazines. Mozambique is the focus of

his ‘Portuguese speaking views’.

WEEK 2: 28 June - 4 July Analu Prestes, Adilson Ramos and Lia Costa Carvalho

Analu Prestes

Analu is a well-known Brazilian painter, actress, set designer and photographer. Her

‘lusophonic’ perspective in this exhibition pays tribute to boat travelling, taking us through

her wonderful imaginary world titled “The Little Boat’s Magic Journey”.

Adilson Ramos

Born in Cape Verde, Adilson has lived in Portugal and now in London. In his photographic

work he was influenced by the various countries, in which he has lived and his ‘lusophonic’

expression conveys of the differences he has encountered in each place.

Lia Costa Carvalho

Lia is a Brazilian photojournalist who has lived in Portugal for 20 years. Her work has an

idiosyncratic approach to portraiture, however in this exhibition she explores her experience

of living in the geographical capital of ‘Lusofonia’, Lisboa (Lisbon).

Bicha Gallery & Shop

7 Gabriels Wharf

South Bank

London SE1 9PP

T +44 (0)7721 400 048



Bicha Gallery & Shop

7 Gabriels Wharf

South Bank

London SE1 9PP

T +44 (0)7721 400 048



‘Lusophonic Art’ is a project based in London, UK that aims to promote the art and artists from

Portuguese speaking world and gathers collaborators in the UK, Portugal, Brazil, Angola,

Mozambique, Cape Verde and Chile.

Bicha Gallery represents living contemporary artists from Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada,

France, Italy, Norway, Spain, the US and the UK – working in ceramics, drawing, installation,

metal works, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.


For further information, text or images, please contact António Capelão.

Bicha Gallery, 7 Gabriels Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 9PP

Gallery +44 (0)20 7928 0083 | E |

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am till 7pm

OLHA! | Uma Visão Lusofóna | A Lusophonic Vision: Portuguese-Speaking Perspectives

Exhibition: Week 1, 21 June - 27 June 2010, Week 2, 8 June - 4 July 2010

T 020 7928 0083 | 7 Gabriels Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 9PP | 11 am - 7pm Tues-Sun

Tube: Waterloo, Embankment, Covent Garden, Southwark.