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Marta I. B. Traquiño


Marta Traquino (1972) is an artist and researcher in contemporary art.
2008 – present: Ph.D research fellow in Public Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon (with a scholarship from FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology). 2007: M.A. in Communication, Culture and Information Technologies, Department of Sociology, ISCTE, Lisbon. 1995: Degree in Fine Arts – Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon.
Since 1995 she has been teaching courses and workshops in the practical and theoretical fields of the Visual Arts in several institutions, having also collaborated in projects of social intervention.

Research interests: Contemporary art, City, Space, Place, Public Space, Relational Artistic Practices, Intermedia.

Marta Traquino’s research is centred in artistic practices which approach Space and Place in the City, with emphasis on current reconfigurations of Experience, Memory and Identity. In April 2010, her book “The Construction of the Place by Contemporary Art” was published by Humus Editions.
In her artistic practice, Marta Traquino held individual exhibitions of Painting between 1995-2000. Since 2000 she has been doing site-specific installations which work as ‘ephemeral architectures’ that consider the relationship of the individual facing the “permanent architectures” where they are integrated, proposing an attentive perception of pre-existing data in a situation of ‘micro-context’ potentially transferable to a “macro-context”, from a personal to a social dimension. They are possible to conduct through the paths and actions of the visitors/participants, work as mediator devices of a critical attention focused on the movement of the body in space. Among them: “What colour has the sky got now?”, SecondRoom, Brussels, 2010; “Border Crossing – Part II”, Museu de História Natural, Lisbon, 2007; “Between”, 3rceiro Andar no Chiado, Lisbon, 2005; “Inside of the Air”, Museu de História Natural, Lisbon, 2004.

Conferences (selection): April 20, 2011: “Art as a state of encounter: the works of Oda Projesi group and Jeanne van Heeswijk”, presented at the 10th International SIEF Congress “People make Places – Ways of feeling the world” in the panel “Dis-/re-placements: creative engagements with people and place”, organized by NomadIT/CRIA, April 17-21 2011, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

January 22, 2011: “Border Crossing: an artistic project by Paulo T. Silva and Marta Traquino”, presented at the first EastBordNet conference “Remaking Borders”, January 20-22 2011, Monastero dei Benedettini, Catania.

December 11, 2010: “Compliment to the Anonymous Citizen”, presented at the event “Images of the Republic”, organized by the National Commission for the Centenary Celebration of the Republic / Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Nextart, Lisbon.

November 25, 2010: “To see below looking above”, presented at the series of conferences “Art and Society” in the panel “Art and Participation”, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon.

July 10, 2009: “From the City observation through the Walls”, presented at the Interdisciplinary Seminar “Interstices: Carving (and Painting) Urban Environments”, organized by On Walls Research Group, July 9-11 2011, ISCTE, Lisboa.

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