Sílvia das Fadas

The Everyday Struggle for the Fulgurous

I will devote my artistic research to the creation of a praxis and knowledge of a politically engaged cinema. In addressing the works of Portuguese Writer Maria Gabriela Llansol, especially the concept of the fulgurous and of the unexpected encounter of the diverse, I will reflect on cinema and its emancipatory project. I envision creating a constellation of short non-fiction 16mm films that will relate to the collective history of emancipatory gestures, movements, events, and figures of dissent; films created and shown in the present as concrete objects – film artifacts – may contribute to the everyday struggle for the fulgurous. This may assume simple forms such as a portrait of a person a place or a document, or more complex forms such as those assumed by the film essay, more open to unruly explorations. Ultimately, what I am asking is: How can cinema restore our belief in the world? How can cinema contribute to processes of individual and collective emancipation? How to think the question of cinema’s encounter with politics and its effectiveness? And how can my own practice respond to these questions and work towards this future I wish to call forth? I risk to propose the fulgurous as a manifestation of the potency of an idea, the dream of a thing, the promise of emancipation: equality. And this could be and always has been cinema’s great promise.

Sílvia das Fadas
(née Sílvia Salgueiro)

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Sílvia das Fadas (née Sílvia Salgueiro) is a filmmaker, an independent researcher, and cinephile. Born in Portugal in 1983, she studied cinema and aesthetics, committing herself to the material learning of film at ANIM (Portuguese Moving Image Archive) and the Portuguese Cinematheque in Lisbon. Driven by a militant nostalgia, she moved to Los Angeles where she continued to craft her personal films in 16mm, at the California Institute of the Arts. She worked as a Visual History Researcher for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science and collaborated regularly with Los Angeles Filmforum. She currently works for the Austrian Film Museum while doing a PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

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