Residencia 2 Susana Rocha


susana rocha

01.02.21 – 15.02.21
Failing artist

At a crossroads point between the dynamics of social networks and artistic practice there is a contrast: if in the first case the images and their presentation simulate a constructed and filtered reality to the extreme of fiction, in the second case, that of artistic practice, the subsistence of reality and the strength of failure is the essential experience that motivates creation.

This Online Residence through Instagram, will present plastic/visual essays on failure and on failure experienced by the artist, to which occasional excerpts, traces or clues, from a research that preceded them or from the echoes found in other practices will be associated.

Born in Braga, 1988.

Visual artist. DUPLEX | AIR’s founder and Artistic Director. DUPLEX | AIR.

Bachelor in Painting - Fine Arts Faculty, University of Lisbon (2010). Master in Painting by the same Faculty (2012). Master in Visual Arts Teaching - Education Institute, University of Lisbon (2013). PhD in Visual Arts with the thesis “Bound to Fail: Failure as a Paradox in Contemporary Art” (2020) - Fine Arts Faculty, University of Lisbon. 

Collaborating Researcher at Center for Research and Studies in Fine Arts (CIEBA-FBAUL).

Solo Exhibitions (selection): “Bound to Fail” (Fine Arts Faculty - University of Lisbon, 2020), “Such an Orange Anxiety” (Espaço Cultural das Mercês – Lisbon, 2017), “Heat Stroke” (Largo das Artes Gallery – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013), “Frostbite” (Listhús Gallery - Ólafsfirð, Iceland, 2013)

Recent Collective Exhibitions (selection): “Let Us Flop” (Duplex | AIR – Lisbon, 2020), “It’s Liquid” (The Room – Venice, Italy, 2017)

Author of several publications and conferences in the scope of her theoretical study and praxis, with a central focus on contemporary art and particular attention to universes related to practices concerning failure, anxiety, death, melancholy and irony, as central pulsions in artistic production.