I was born in Leiria, Portugal. My work spans several media: video, site-specific installation, sound and performance with a particular interest in interdisciplinary, collaboration and participatory projects through a process of dialogue, interaction, and exchange. My work is informed by Deep Listening® and Vipassana meditation. My practice as an artist also involves curating and organizing. In 2014 I co-organized, co-curated and participated in BreadMatters IV ARtos Cultural Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus. BreadMatters is a research program composed of exhibition debate and workshops that questions and focuses on socio-cultural, sustainable, ecological, political, historical and geographical issues around bread and the importance of bread in the history of humankind. My most recent work focuses on the exile, displacement, temporality, change and transformation, including the investigation of spaces of transit and of transition invoked by memory and storytelling that reveal cross cultural semiotic aspects as well as historical legacies.Want to contact? email me email@example.com
Quarantine cup of cha
This is a work that focuses on the quarantine, on two different languages and brings together 3 different countries, assimilation, dislocation and fusion of customs as well as transformation.
The infusion of particular leaves into water to make tea, goes back in history and takes us to China. The spread of this beverage in England was due to Catarina de Bragança and her marriage to Charles II.
My true immersion into tea drinking happened in England. Thus during quarantine time I decided to focus and create something around this daily routine, bringing together associated thoughts/words to this particular time. These words are written in Portuguese and in English, as these two languages are interconnected in my mind. One is responsible for my upbringing, my roots, my essence, the other has given me wings, it opened the doors of creativity, freed up my spirit, fulfilled my inner self.
In the East end of London Cockneys still call tea – a cup of cha or a cuppa. –
People born within the area of St. Mary-le-Bow, thus able to listen to the church bells are called Cockney
Inês Rolo Amado
© Abril 2020
Wow! I love the way you bring awareness on how the quotidian routines, the simple elements of our everyday chores are infused, using the term of your work, with the cultural portrait of the instant along history. Quarantine is an eloquent work depicting a state many of us can relate to, isolated around the routines that soothe us in the midst of uncertainty and change.