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ROOM 4

Cosmic Tones

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Francisca Carvalho

African music and chants inspire ancestral and futuristic bodies. Produced during the lockdown, the drawings trace an undisciplined journey.

When the pandemic forced us into the first and unexpected lockdown, Francisca Carvalho (Coimbra, 1981) began to read a book about medieval illuminated manuscripts and “Jaipur” paper, that she purchased in India, and began to immerse herself in unique landscapes. Bringing the visual economy of medieval parchments to the surface of the paper, the artist scratched, traced and drew using oil pastels that, literally, liquefy themselves.


She added materials that endow depth, tactility and rhythm to the drawings. Depth, because we see drawings within the drawings, contours emerging from the contours. Tactility because they appeal to our sense of touch. And rhythms because they have no centre and disperse in a circular and hypnotic choreography. In this room, which the CIAJG normally describes as the “drawings room”, the wallpaper activates the mind-blowing and kaleidoscopic rhythm of the works, as in a lightbox.


Music also inspired these Cosmic Tones. While drawing, Francisca Carvalho listened to “Awesome Tapes from Africa” - a digital platform and publisher founded by Brian Shimkovitz that archives and disseminates popular music from the African continent.

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Francisca Carvalho was born in Coimbra, in 1981. She has a BA Hons degree in Philosophy and Fine Arts. She is the co-founder and coordinator of the Atelier Concorde, in Lisbon. She is a professor of Painting and Drawing at Ar.Co school, Lisbon. On the basis of her travels to India, she researched manual dyeing techniques. Her solo exhibitions include “Chordata”, at Culturgest, Porto, “Hasta” at the Handicrafts and Handloom Museum in New Delhi, India, and “Loom” at ArtWorks, Laúndos (Póvoa de Varzim).

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FOR ALL AGES

Francisca Carvalho was born in Coimbra, in 1981. She has a BA Hons degree in Philosophy and Fine Arts. She is the co-founder and coordinator of the Atelier Concorde, in Lisbon. She is a professor of Painting and Drawing at Ar.Co school, Lisbon. On the basis of her travels to India, she researched manual dyeing techniques. Her solo exhibitions include “Chordata”, at Culturgest, Porto, “Hasta” at the Handicrafts and Handloom Museum in New Delhi, India, and “Loom” at ArtWorks, Laúndos (Póvoa de Varzim).

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