ISABEL CORDOVIL

ARTIST

Interview April 5, 2021

In 2019 you completed a Master’s in visual art at HEAD in Geneva after previously studying multimedia at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, can you tell us a bit about your background and what prompted you to choose this path and some of the places its taken you?

Raised among nuns, priests and the wonders of pre-surveillance internet, I started making work as a way to set a clear bridge between me and that otherness. It basically approaches attempts to document emotional landscapes through poetics of commonality. At the Faculty of Fine Arts, I did my studies in Performance and Installation, which is the broadest course of all, I think. It allowed me to read and write a lot and still visit the Faculty of Letters here and there. From there, I followed my instinct and chose to study in Geneva. A professor from years ago once told me that one should never have a plan B and I’ve been following that advice with a passion. I only apply myself to one thing at a time. Luckily it has been going great so far.

How do you feel about living and working in Lisbon now?

I’m a very privileged kid with a studio that allows me to invite my peers to stay and talk, paint, read, drink or sunbathe. I’ve been happy and excited to keep on growing, it’s that simple. Even though I was born and raised here I always feel something sort of new and electric as maps grow in depth and detail instead of extension.

In 2013 you presented a short film, “D. Sebastião” at Doc Lisboa. How did your relationship with film begin and how does it still relate to your present work?

That film has its roots in a piece of writing, like all my work does actually. From there to where the branches want to grow is always unpredictable and spontaneous and beautiful to see once its finished. What called for the moving image was the need for a special sort of silence that only film conveys. I still work with film a lot, I’ll soon show more of it.

Your work speaks a lot about human relationships, language and how they interrelate. Are these topics that you’ve always been concerned about?

That’s a good way of summing it up. Yes

What collaborations would you like to develop in the future?

Everything everyone everywhere.

 

You are currently taking part in Thirdbase’s residency in Lisbon. How has it been so far?

It’s wonderful to feel supported not only space-wise and with materials but from Nicolai and the other residents. And to do a residency in your own city is an interesting experience.

Can you tell us a bit about the work you are developing during your residency?

Come by to the open studio later this month! 

Thanks!